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"The Fog" Rolls in without Invitation

There are two widely reported phenomena taking place in Hollywood as I write this. Ticket sales are down, and sequels and remakes are up. The latter problem is a favorite harping point for yours truly, but when taken into consideration alongside the slump in movie theater attendance, its implications are clear: give the people something original and they will come.

It's probably not fair to pick on Rupert Wainwright's forthcoming rendition of John Carpenter's "The Fog," but it's such a convenient example of my point. Out of all the great short stories, novellas, and novels out there that have never been adapted to film, why the glut of unimaginative rehashing? A novel that comes to mind in this instance is Robert R. McCammon's "Night Boat." In it you've got all the elements that make a story like "The Fog" work, plus you have the added benefit of undead Nazis and island voodoo! Now there's a movie.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on August 26, 2005 1:16 AM
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At least if it was John Carpenter digging this up, I'd be happy to see him -- even though he is currently doing ANOTHER "Halloween."

But no Carpenter, no Jamie Lee Curtis and no Adrienne Barbeau sounds like no fun to me!

-- Posted by: Rachel at August 26, 2005 2:09 PM

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