Monday, June 29, 2015

Five Film Remakes That Should be Considered for Michael Fassbender

When I was a kid growing up in the 70s, I used movies to escape and daydream from the mundane of my youth. So it’s no surprise that I would idolize select celebrities over the years and wind up placing my focus on one particular actor these days. Every summer, Hollywood gives us a rehash of an awesome classic movie or a film we didn’t even like back in the day, and this summer is no different. With the success and brilliance of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road, it got me to thinking about what films would I like to see Michael Fassbender star in a remake of.

Here are five films from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that I think would be fantastic if they were re-made with Michael as the lead actor:


Fatal Attraction (1987)

This sexy thriller starring Michael Douglas (Dan Gallagher), give us a glimpse into the dangers of a weekend bootie call with a dangerous colleague. Michael Fassbender is the perfect age to play a rising star lawyer in NYC with a pretty wife and cute kid, a dog and… a rabbit. In the remake, I would love to see a woman of color as either Michael’s wife, or better yet, the crazy mistress played by Glenn Close (Alex). In a 2015 version, with social media and the internet controlling our lives, we can only imagine how the pissed off mistress can seek revenge on Dan through SM after rebuffing her. Co-star suggestion: Zoe Saldana

Taxi Driver (1976)

Films in the 70s were a lot bolder than films are today in this PC society we live in, so I don’t know if Hollywood has the guts to remake this. Also, since it’s such a great classic, and played by the brilliant Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle, would anyone dare to remake it without fear of it failing spectacularly because no one could top DeNiro’s disturbed loner taxi driver in NYC? In today’s adaptation, Michael Fassbender could perhaps play an Uber driver (no, seriously) who suffers from insomnia and is available at all hours of the day, driving around, and watching all the filth and greed that takes place all around him, until he becomes attracted to one of his riders who also happens to work in the campaign offices of a political figure. Toss in a teenage rising star as a teen prostitute for someone for Travis to save and redeem him, and he’ll appear more like the cool anti-hero that films are lacking today. How about it Hollywood, can’t we consider Taxi or Uber Driver?


The Crying Game (1992)

Set in Ireland – check. Use of an Irish accent – check. Michael’s history of playing a character associated with the IRA – check. The Crying Game is the youngest of my remake requests, but it’s a classic like Taxi Driver that I fear will never get remade, because it’s brilliant as it is. However, when I recently watched this film, I imagined Michael as Ferguson (Stephen Rea’s character), and David Oyelowo as Jodie (Forrest Whittaker). Who would play Dil, I don’t know, but with transgender folk out, loud, and proud these days, the actor for this part could be found. This is a love story with a twist and crazy politics that still ring true today, and Michael could knock this performance out the park with the right script.

Three Men and a Baby (1987)

When this movie came out, it was crazy popular, and I still love it to this day, even though I haven’t seen it in a while. And with that said, it says a lot how this film resonated with me to make it to my top five remake choices. This would be a great comedic adventure for Michael, and I see him playing the role that Tom Selleck played. It will still be set in NYC (yes, this is the third NY based film), and Michael would be the alpha-male architect who reluctantly becomes enchanted with a baby girl who was left at the door of the townhouse he shares with his roommates, with one of them being the father. Co-star considerations: James McAvoy in the Steve Guttenberg role, and Bradley Cooper in the Ted Danson role. Now with these three guys, who in the hell wouldn’t want to see this funny film?


Dirty Harry (1971)

My favorite potential remake of all films, Dirty Harry has Michael Fassbender written all over it! An Irish cop with a bad attitude in San Francisco is confronted with the task of drawing out a completely sadistic psychopath (co-star suggestion: Paul Dano) who is on the loose causing havoc in the city. In order to take this guy out by any means necessary, the mayor needs Dirty Harry. Michael has already confessed that he’s a “complicated” person, so he could understand and empathize with Harry in his no holds barred way of dealing with scum and “punks” on the street. Update the film with current popular drugs and how the killer would use social media to threaten the city and its citizens, and we have Dirty Harry 2020.

These are just a few of the dozens upon dozens of films from these eras that could benefit from a brilliant remake. I don’t like films to be remade just for the hell of it, only when technology and modern themes can be used to reinvigorate these classics for a newer generation, and for fans of the original to enjoy both. So, what do you think of these suggestions? What films do you have in mind that you would like to see be remade with Michael Fassbender in the lead, or co-star in?


Kruschelkasten said...

Hmm, I would go for films that would be called Arthouse today.

1. Eagle's Wing (1979, Western originally with Sam Waterston), but I'm not sure if I would have Michael as Pike or White Bull. It's a story about two men who are after a precious horse.

2. Hoffman (1970, originally with Peter Sellers) but to play that character convincingly... maybe in about ten years. A story about an accountant who blackmails a colleague into spending a week with him. I like this film because nothing turns out as one expects, even if it is sometimes a little bit old fashioned.
3. Closet Land (1991, originally with Alan Rickman) a sadistic interrogator accuses a writer to hide political messages in her children's book.

The next two are German films that were successful in their time:
4. Es geschah am hellichten Tag (1958, thriller, It Happened in Broad Daylight) about the murderer of a small girl (I think he could play either Matthäi or Schrott), based on a novella by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
5. Schachnovelle (1960, drama, Brainwashed) about a political prisoner who plays (and wins) after his release a chess game against a world champion without having ever touched a chess peace before, based on a novella by Stefan Zweig. I would like him to play von Basil.

And at last a more faithful (and maybe more modern) adaptation of Paul Gallico's 'Love of Seven Dolls', he might be a brilliant Captain Coq. The film 'Lili' with Mel Ferrer is very, very roughly based on that plot. If you've read the novella, you know what I mean.

I might come up with several dozens of romantic comedies given time :-)


Simone said...

These are excellent recommendations Christine! I went the mainstream route just to get things rolling. I do need to check out Closet Land and Hoffman, those two sound right up my alley.