ComingSoon.net is reporting that Alexander producer Thomas Schuehly has acquired the rights to remake the 1927 Fritz Lang film Metropolis. The was one of the earliest big budget films and originally took place in the year 2026, highlighting the class struggle and differences between the elite and the workmen. Considered by many to be a classic and powerful film, the images associated with it are forever locked in cinema history and the minds of many.
My kneejerk reaction to this was “Why?” But then again, the movie is 80 years old, so in the remake world that means its roughly 4 times older than it should be before being remade. Top directors are supposedly being courted for the film, which would likely be another big budget spectacular.
After thinking on it, I think this remake may actually be a good idea. It will get people interested in the original and since so much time has passed, it may be nice to see what we can do in the modern age. However, I personally feel that relying on CGI to make the characters and cityscapes could be a huge mistake. The ‘new’ Star Wars trilogy backgrounds looked too fake and CGI and CGI robots dont’ look good yet (A.I. you suck). So I say keep it practical and this could be great, overload it with CGI and it will be a waste of money.
Up for Discussion: Do you think they should be remaking Metropolis? If so, do you think it should be riddled with CGI?