"Maniac" Remake in Production: Elijah Wood signs on.

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  1. Uncle Jay

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    Well, it's confirmed...they're remaking one of Horror's most prized entries.

    Elijah Wood and Nora Arnezeder, will take on the roles that Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro gave us 30 years earlier.

    Franck Khalfoun ("P2") directs from a script by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur ("High Tension", "Piranha 3D"). Wood will shoot the role after he wraps his work on "The Hobbit".

    http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/22333/elijah-wood-is-a-serial-killer-in-maniac

    Not exactly sure how I feel about this. If they have the balls, to rate this NC-17 or Unrated...then we'll talk.

    -UJ
     
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    I know how I feel about this. It sounds really lame. The only thing that would make this passable is a hard R rating. Why Elijah Wood? He sucks.
     
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    November Fool's Day?! Please??!!!
     
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    Normally I'm all for remakes but Maniac belongs to Joe Spinell. Sorry Frodo, don't even try.
     
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    Why not Justin Bieber and Vanessa Hudgens? They'll pack 'em in like there's no tomorrow. That's what they're really after, right? Putting asses in seats in droves. They should even go the PG-13 route. Add a wisecracking rapper for maximum potential.
     
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    I don't know what I like less, the original or the fact that yet another lame remake is in the works... :]
     
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    this is a joke right?
     
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    Interesting concept. This is why I like it imo.

    a) I like the guys behind the production.
    b) In the minority , but never really liked the original, quite boring imo, I welcome a fresh different take.
    c) Intriguing idea of the Elijah Wood casting ... See Sin City. He can do it & I bet will surprise most people.
     
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    ...the fuck?
     
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    Elijah Wood doing the sweaty, blue collar, war vet, Spinell thing? i like him and all but that wont work. Instead it will end up some yuppie crap ala American psycho teritory. The type of role James Spade did indeed play in the past.
     
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    Another film that definitely does not need to be remade.
    Why don't they just initiate a new slasher franchise using elements from these old films?
     
  12. evildeadfan123

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    Oh my god. Please say this is not true. First Evil Dead remake, now this. I never did like the Lord Of The Ring movies, and this sounds like it's going to blow. I will pass on this, but I will probably go see the Evil Dead remake, since Sam and Robert are involved in it, at least.
     
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    Damn.........just,... damn..........
     
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    I was never much of a fan of the original. Not much of an Elijah Wood fan either (although I did like him in Wilfred), so I don't really care about this one way or the other. Most likely won't even check it out as a rental.
     
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    American cinema is so dead.
     
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    It really is.
     
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    Was never a fan of the original. People praise it to high heaven, but aside from Savini's effects work, I didn't think it was that great. I'm all for a remake, especially if Aja is involved.

    Elijah Wood is an interesting choice. I know people see him as Frodo or the quirky guy, but he's done a lot more than that, and I think he might end up surprising everybody who doubts he can pull off a role like this.

    Oh yeah, and saying American cinema is dead is kind of snobbish, don't you think? Makes it sound like the rest of the world is only putting out golden nuggets of celluloid, which is definitely not the case.
     
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    ..and buried.
     
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    I like Elijah Wood, I don't see him as a Spinel, but he is a good actor and probably will deliver the goods if the script is good. Maniac makes me feel dirty when I watch it, I don't think they can accomplish that with Hollywood film-making which is what it seems this remake might be.

    Of all the potential movies to remake, never thought Maniac would make it, nobody wanted anything to do with that movie back then, even Savini, and though nowadays it has cult status, still is not a movie most people would be proud to love.
     
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    I’m not really upset by the fact Maniac is being remade… I knew it was happening, and if anyone was going to be behind it, let it be Alexandre Aja…he can bring the sleaze this movie needs probably better than any other writer currently out there.

    But how the hell one equates the likes of Joe Spinell with Elijah Wood is downright comical and almost insulting to Spinell’s performance as Frank Zito. Joe Spinell was a very intimidating man (albeit with a heart of gold). He was large, overweight and to put it mildly, one ugly motherfucker. His physical attributes played a big part in his performance as Frank Zito. His skills as an actor then cemented the believability that this guy was a serious sociopathic killer. It’s a chilling role/performance to say the least. Joe Spinell is Frank Zito, much like Robert Englund is Freddy.

    Elijah Wood is the exact opposite of Joe Spinell and is about as intimidating and terrifying as a newborn kitten. There is just no believability that this guy is going around killing girls when most of the chicks he’s going after probably have a good 20lb and 3 inches on the guy.

    And for the people calling out Maniac stating “it’s not that good of a movie”…you’re absolutely right, it isn’t. But that’s not necessarily why fans such as myself enjoy the movie. What makes Maniac so great is the grittiness and the pure lack of morals that went into making this film. William Lustig’s only other directorial credits at this point were porno movies. The movie feels like a late 70’s roughie (minus the penetration) that could have been double billed on 42nd Street with the likes of WaterPower or Climax of Blue Power. It is just a dirty-dirty flick. You feel like taking a shower the second the credits roll… it’s just a straight up sleazy grit-fest to the max. That accompanied with Joe Spinell’s perfect portrayal as the deranged Frank Zito, Jay Chattaway's brilliant score and you have one of the greatest slasher movies ever made. Savini’s effects are just the icing on the sleaze-cake if you ask me.
     
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