Geeks build computer, computer becomes sentient soon realizing that Geeks are a danger to themselves, computer enacts plan to *protect* Geeks. Computer takes control of everything.
Sound familiar? It should. It’s a scenario that’s been done and done again by the Hollywood machine, in one form or another, since the dawn of the sci-fi genre.
In this era of the remake/tv-to-big-screen, we’ve been forced fed the idea that everything old can be new again — no matter how bad the source material was. I won’t waste your time listing the countless remakes we’ve already been bombarded with, but instead I’ll add to the ever-growing list of remakes to come:
Colossus: The Forbin Project
The choice is yours: Obey and live or disobey and die.
As far as I know, only Dr. Geek and I were even aware that this movie existed prior to today’s announcement in Variety by Universal/Imagine Entertainment that Brian Grazer will be producing a remake of the film and titling it simply Colossus.
Jason Rothenberg will write the script, which like the original movie will be based on the book by D.F. Jones. Rothenberg plans to also incorporate elements from two subsequent Colossus novels written by Jones to broaden the film’s premise. Dave Collins will executive produce.
The original 1970 movie scared the bejesus out of me in a way that a very short list of movies (Kingdom of the Spiders, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Scanners) were ever capable of doing.
I can easily say that there’s no need for remakes, but we all know that ain’t gonna stop tinsel-town from churning out a Planet of the… oh, wait…. umm, Psycho… hmm… a MacGyver: The Movie.
Well here it comes, mostly because we can’t stop it. Government supercomputer goes haywire, locks shit down, stirs shit up, blah, blah, blah… watch the original.