Another unnecessary remake…

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Peter Jackson to film Dam Busters

Oh dearie me… Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot of time for Peter Jackson. Which is just as well, as he does tend to make rather long films. His adaptation of The Lord of the Rings was as good (and as close to the book) as we’re likely to get. His remake of King Kong was pretty good too, if a little longer than it really needed to be. But now he’s going to remake a British film based on real events in World War II.

Now I’m sure it will be technically brilliant, the planes will look real, the famous Bouncing Bomb will be authentically represented, and the dams will be destroyed with a level of realism that will make you want to take your wellies to the cinema, but I really have to wonder why…

Do we really need more remakes of old movies? Do we in particular need more remakes of World War II movies? Can’t movie makers of Jackson’s undoubted talent make something, dare I say it, original?

On the other hand, we have been saved from a far worse fate. When Jackson first looked into getting the rights, they were held by a company who had Mel Gibson lined up to direct and “possibly act”. I’d rather not think about the movie that might have come from that…