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The Wicker Man to Burn Again!

If you think it's an insane idea to remake the classic "Wicker Man" film, you're not alone. Not only does Christopher Lee, star of the original, find the idea questionable, according to Scotland on Sunday, but so does writer and director Robin Hardy. In fact, Hardy has more than a casual interest in airing his dismay. Apparently promotional materials for the remake have him credited as the screenwriter, a role he denies having played. Hardy has sought legal aid in having his name detached from the project.

Other reasons for general skepticism have also emerged. For instance, Edward Woodward's character in the original is a virgin, and this figures importantly into the plot. Nicholas Cage will be taking on his role in Neil LeBute's remake, and gone is the virginity angle. Perhaps even more astonishing is the decision to change the sex of the pagan leader, Lord Summerisle. Played masterfully by Christopher Lee in the original film, this demanding role is taken up by Ellen Burstyn in LeBute's film. Also, for reasons not yet clear, there will be a lot of angry bees in the new version.

It all sounds pretty messy, but with any luck Cage and Burstyn will keep it afloat. If not, maybe the pagan-themed film that Hardy and Lee are planning will fill the gap. "May Day," as this project is being called, is referred to on the IMDb as a "reimagining" of "The Wicker Man." I'd say we have another remake on our hands.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on September 11, 2005 9:54 PM
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angry bees?!?!?!? That's just stupid. Whyyyyy???? (weep)

-- Posted by: shannon at November 17, 2005 7:37 PM

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