Remaking The 80s, Part 2: ROMANCING THE STONE

Twentieth Century Fox has hired Eagle Eye scripter Daniel McDermott to write a remake of the 1984 romantic adventure Romancing The Stone.

The original starred Kathleen Turner as a mousy romance novelist who journeys to Columbia to search for her missing sister and gets involved with Soldier of Fortune Michael Douglas. The film was a sleeper hit and helped launch the career of director Robert Zemeckis.

What made the original such a hit was the incredible chemistry shared by Douglas and Turner on screen. Their conflicting personalities and rapid fire bickering called to mind some of the great screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s and was a precursor to a similar dynamic feature in the TV series Moonlighting, which would premier a year later.

Finding a new couple to recreate that chemistry will be a tricky, if not impossible, task for whomever signs on to direct and produce the film. Until they make an announcement about the cast, I’m just not that interested.

Via Hollywood Reporter.

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December 4, 2008 3:42 pm

Have the 80’s now become fodder for the remake machines already? What’s next? Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller and all those teen angst movies for a new generation. Remaking Arthur and Romancing the Stone is very reinforcing the notion that there is little if any creative talent left in Hollywod and more and more movies will come as recycled versions of the orginals.