Wes Anderson’s Remake of “My Best Friend”

While I’m on the topic of unnecessary American movie remakes, Wes Anderson is moving ahead with a remake of Mon Meilleur Ami (2006). I wrote about the French version of Mon Meilleur Ami (My Best Friend) after I saw it at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s a great film starring Daniel Auteil (Caché) and Dany Boon (Micmacs).

Wes Anderson’s latest script for the My Best Friend is being called “The Rosenthaler Suite”. George Clooney and Owen Wilson are rumoured to star. Ugh. Hollywood is so obsessed with profits that it continues to mine successful foreign films that it can remake for American audiences.

Why can’t Hollywood let American directors make their own films? There are a lot of great American independent films that are dying to get made. Instead, the accountants that run the studios insist on remakes of foreign films, older films or television shows in their search for a hit.

Remakes seldom work. Consider these flops: Planet of the Apes, The Pink Panther, Psycho, Godzilla or No Reservations (a remake of Mostly Martha).

Posted in Movies at 4:42 PM