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It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in both versions, and he was also joined by the original series writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The IT Crowd also suffered a US pilot in which Richard Ayoade ...


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I'm going to have a go at answering all of your questions. Firstly, I believe you have every adaptation listed above, with the exception of the trashy cash-in flick I am Omega, and perhaps, at a stretch, Romero's classic zombie films. As far as I am aware, nobody has attempted an ending that echoes Matheson's original (and cerebral) conclusion to his ...


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From an NPR interview: [Vacation's] Co-writers and co-directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein say the R-rated movie is not a reboot or a remake, but very much a sequel. "We've been very clear from the get-go, even with the studio, that we had no interest in trying to remake the movie that National Lampoon made in the '80s 'cause it's ...


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Interestingly Gilliam did not write the screenplay for 12 Monkeys, it is a rare example of a Gilliam movie that he did not start but was brought on-board after the rights had been picked up by the studio and a screenplay had been written by David and Janet Peoples. That said, La jetée is 28 minutes long. I imagine that the writers could not sustain the ...


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The TV show is just copying the disclaimer in the original movie, although the date has been changed to 2006. But, in the case of the movie, the Coen brothers just made that up as a joke: See this link from Snopes.com for more info So I think it's safe to assume that the events in the TV series are fictional as well.


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YES Example: The "Odessa Steps sequence" in Battleship Potemkin by Eisenstein. Wikipedia entry lists MANY movies that borrowed, in my opinion the most famous was "The Untouchables". The scene is perhaps the best example of Eisenstein's theory on montage, and many films pay homage to the scene, including Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Francis Ford Coppola's ...


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Several of the non-US movies you named are in foreign languages. Although foreign films are often available with English subtitles or voice overs, I'd guess that many people prefer to watch movies where the original dialogue is in their native language. Additionally, the style of foreign movies is different than their Hollywood remakes. I haven't seen the ...


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After thinking about it and reading the other answers (thank you Lauren and mootinator) I came up with a possible explanation. I don't know if it is correct though. It can be - as often - about money. It makes not much sense for European/Indian/Chinese filmmakers to produce a remake of a Hollywood-movie (at least directly after the original), as everyone ...


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Two answers from Newsweek and Language Log When asked why they chose to follow the diction of the book and lack of contractions Ethan Coen said We’ve been told that the language and all that formality is faithful to how people talked in the period. As to whether or not people actually talked like that Mark Liberman of the University of Pennsylvania ...


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First of all, you cannot really expect the remake to capture the cult factor of the original. In 2012 you can't expect this movie to be the hilarious "Verhoeveny" 80s/90s Arnie vehicle that the original is. A large factor to Total Recall's attraction nowadays comes not only from being a gripping science-fiction action movie with an interesting story about ...


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This is a legal question. At least in the US, parody and satire fall under the fair use umbrella of copyright law. A remake requires permission if the material being remade is copyrighted. You can't remake Star Wars without permission as the story and characters are protected under copyright and trademark laws. You could remake a Sherlock Holmes story ...


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It depends on how you define it, as you can look at something like Hitchock's Psycho, which was remade almost scene for scene and shot for shot, or adaptations of works. You can also limit it by Hollywood, Bollywood, German, etc. The Great Gatsby has been made into a film seven different times in the US, but the overall record holder for a same name film is ...


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This BBC News report states that there was actual room for making a big business with an English language film trilogy. Quote: Telling a story of murder, corruption and family secrets, the late author's Millennium Trilogy has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide and spawned a series of Swedish films made in 2009. Although a hit in ...


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Films with subtitles don't get as many viewers, especially in the UK and US where we expect everyone else to speak English. People will watch remakes of foreign films, and the studio knows that the film played well in its original market so it's a fairly safe investment. Take Girl With A Dragon Tattoo - the original was good, but not in English. Its a ...


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The usual answer Hollywood offers when they do this sort of thing is that they want the audience to connect to the story. Since they are probably aiming for the largest possible audience (more money!) they will go for (what they perceive to be) the lowest common denominator. Thus Americanizing the story, to almost beyond recognition. They believe that (to ...


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Yes, there are some gadgets in the 1913 Fantomas. From my own memory, they play not a leading part of the story, but they can be found. At youtube you may find a sequence, approx at minute 8 you can see a third arm. At the start, you have a sequence with the actors and there changing look. The 1913 films are available on DVD. ...


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As a matter of terminology, Vacation is a sequel. The terms you use can be easily defined to differentiate them: Sequel A film/show dealing with, or connected to the events of the primary film/show. Continuity between the two are intact. A Prequel falls under this, continuity wise. Remake A film retelling the same story as the previous version. Slight ...


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The question contains the answer, in that only successful foreign films are re-made in the US. They are re-made because the industry knows that if a concept is a hit in one major country, the concept has a good chance of succeeding in the US mass market. American hits can often be exported directly to other countries' mass markets, without having to be ...


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Anthony Stewart Head, famous for playing Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plays the character of Stephen Caudwell on Free Agents, the foul-mouthed head of the advertising agency. Two years later, the show was remade in the US with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn instead of Stephen Mangan and Sharon Horgan, and some other changes to characters and plotlines, ...


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My money is on Romeo and Juliet. But without proper in depth research, my money maybe ill-placed. References: Wikipedia list of Romeo and Juliet Films Wikipedia: Romeo and Juliet on Screen ("...may be one of the most-screened plays of all time")


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The movie Forbidden Fruit from 1921 is the earliest remake of an original movie that I could find. The film is 87 minutes in length. Forbidden Fruit is a 1921 American drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is a remake of the 1915 film The Golden Chance, which was also directed by DeMille. The movie was an original story, written by Cecil B. ...


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Well they wouldn't necessarily have to believe Carrie had 'Telekinesis' in order to carry out the murders. The purpose of the following investigation would almost certainly be attempting to rule that out, unequivocally. The people who witnessed her most supernatural feats (flying, lifting people off the ground) were mostly murdered in the school hall. ...


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Louis Leterrier was a huge fan of the original film, but, as he put it: I watched the original again. I went to a shop and bought the DVD and the stuff I love was still there. But it’s funny: memory is the best editor. So it was like, Oh, really? This was in it? It’s that simple? He goes on a journey because he fell in love with her? Really? I felt like ...


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At least part of the reason has to be that the Hollywood folks want a big opening weekend splash. If an excellent non-US movie has been out for awhile, chances are many of the US people who would want to see the movie have already seen it. I wondered the same thing about ABC remaking Being Erica, a Canadian series into a US version, given that our cultures ...


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It's about dominance and industry. Hollywood is A) an industry, and B) a US propaganda tool. Neither of them works optimally if there is competition. So it's kind of modus operandi for hollywood to take successful pieces of cinema art and hollywoodise them, so that their public keep watching the same old actors, same old crap.


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Each episode of Fargo TV Series has the following included in the ending credits which states that: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unconditional. AKA: not a true story


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Parody does not need permission because it is protected under "fair use".


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Intermezzo, a Swedish film from 1936, seems to have an original screenplay co-written by director Gustaf Molander and Gösta Ekman. The movie was then remade three years later in 1939 as an American movie produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Gregory Ratoff with the same title. I'm hoping someone will find an earlier example, as I did not research ...


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The UK series Ultraviolet (late 90's Vampire series) featured Idris Elba. He was cast in the unaired pilot episode of a US remake (as the same character).


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According to IMDb, Eutamnesia is a real movie. Yes, the resemblances are striking, but from first hand experience : I was writing a comic book before The Invisibles came out in 1994 that hit almost all the same plot points, this proves nothing. I know for a fact Grant did not steal my ideas, but they were very similar nonetheless. (Of course, Grant did a ...



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