Sometimes headlines make you blink, do a double take, and / or wonder if someone’s playing a joke. Because, really, there’s no reason smart people who care about their finances would go forward with something so ludicrous — but they do. And, boy, is this one of those stories.
Deadline reports that Sony Pictures have decided to dig up Sabrina the Teenage Witch for the “edgier” reboot treatment — the “edgier” superhero reboot treatment, as it were. Tapped to write the screenplay are Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, who will crank out a Spider-Man-like story of “a young girl coming to terms with her remarkable powers” that Don Murphy and Susan Montford (Real Steel) are producing. Depending on his schedule, Mark Waters (Mean Girls, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) could direct. Oh, and this is also a priority for the studio. A priority.
Sabrina’s original powers (Wikipedia tells me time travel and shapeshifting are among them; I’m not an expert!) will be retained for the new film, as will her cat, Salem. This being a reboot, however, he’s now “a transformed prince creating unique love stories for Sabrina.” (Does that even make sense? On any basic level?) No hint of when casting might get underway — the “priority” status has me thinking something’s already in the works — though we at least know they’re hoping to “discover an actress” for this role. Now, maybe it’s unethical to suggest a young actress doesn’t take the role, but…
(This is another way of saying that, no, I don’t think a dark and gritty reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a very smart idea.)
Do you see any logic in giving Sabrina this treatment, much less bringing it back at all?
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There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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