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Hollywood still unable to leave well enough alone

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Bad enough they have to remake Casablanca without letting J.Lo star in it…

Hollywood couple J.Lo and Ben Affleck have secured a deal to remake the classic movie Casablanca, according to reports.
The pair are said to be delighted with the multi-million pound deal and are now in talks wirth American producers.
The original film was a hit in 1942 starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

Affleck will take the romantic lead as Rick, the Daily Star reports.

I should hope so… actually, I’ve just had an appalling vision of them casting La Lopez as Rick, the owner of the nightclub, and then conflating that role with that of Sam the club pianist so they could exploit her marvellous musical talents. EEEEUUUUWWWW!!!!

Actor Ben is reportedly a big fan of old movies and the project will give him a chance to indulge his passion.

So am I. That’s what makes me so aghast at this idea. I’ve got nothing against remakes per se, of course, but honestly, I can’t imagine this possibly being any good. There’s an online petition for you to express your horror at the prospect of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck remaking Casablanca. At the time of posting there were 305 signatures (I was number 286). Won’t do any good, but you can vent at least…

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  • http://bloviate.blogspot.com Ross

    It’ll be worse than you envision: they’ll change the ending because test audiences won’t like that Ben doesn’t get J. Lo at the movie’s conclusion.

    I think I’m going to be sick.

  • Eric Olsen

    James, that was one hell of a batch – great work, thanks!

  • http://www.resonation.ca Jim Carruthers

    I caught this on some teevee “news” show, and felt sick. But I try to look on the bright side of life. Given that most Hollywood projects never make it out of development, chances are we will never see this (for example the original came close to being shelved several times during production). Second, maybe they’ll get Kevin Smith to direct.

  • Scott

    Just leave it alone, it is not like your comments will actually mean anything. If they want to make a movie, that’s their buisness. If you want to see it, see it. If you don’t, then don’t. It’s not that complicated.

  • SlackMFer

    i’m #1713…