Clearly the film industry has run out of any and all good, original ideas. Sadly, the unstoppable remake machine is about to touch a cinematic classic.
On Thursday, AMBI Group announced plans to remake Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." The company has reached an agreement with the Italian director's family and estate to make a modern retelling of the 1960 film. The filmmaker's niece, Francesca Fellini, said in a statement that while the family has been approached about remakes and sequels before, AMBI Group's Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi changed their minds.
The original "La Dolce Vita" follows Marcello Mastroianni's gossip journalist over a week traveling through Rome. In a statement, Iervolino said that the contemporary remake of the film will be "every bit as commercial, iconic and award-worthy as the original." We can't help but wonder one thing, though: Why?
With nearly every movie being remade, adapted into a musical, reworked for a sequel, revamped for a modern interpretation or rebooted for the small screen, nothing is safe these days. Nope, not even a Palme d'Or-winning, influential Fellini classic. While there are some noteworthy and partially original recreations in the works, like Paul Feig's all-female "Ghostbusters" and Netflix's clever take on a "Wet Hot American Summer" prequel -- it takes us back to the first day of Camp Firewood -- the majority of other remakes are simply unnecessary.
What's next, a "Citizen Kane" remake? Hey, why don't we turn Ingmar Bergman's filmography into a musical web series? What about a reboot of Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot "Psycho" remake? Brilliant!
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