Reboot No One Wants Coming for Stephen King’s Cujo [RANT]
Filmmakers are currently working on a reboot of Stephen King's classic Cujo. This begs the question - does anyone really want a reboot of Cujo? The unanimous answer here is "NO!"
It seems like the creative spark has flickered out in Hollywood. Every time you turn around there is a new announcement about yet another great, classic moving getting a reboot. Remember when they remade Footloose?! How about Dirty Dancing? Oh! And don't forget that Tim Curry won't be playing Pennywise, the psychotic child killing clown, in the upcoming reboot of IT. While we're on the subject of rebooting movies based off of Stephen King books, that brings us to the news I read today about a Cujo reboot.
I am going to be very honest here and tell you that Cujo holds a very special place in my heart. You're probably wondering how a book about a rabid Saint Bernard could possibly hold any kind of sentiment, but here's the deal... Cujo was the first Stephen King book I ever read. I was in the 5th grade and I was dealing with some unfortunate life events at home. That book was where I gained my love of reading and learned how a great story can help you escape the real world for just a little while. Cujo lit a fire in me that has never died. It's been nearly 30 years since I picked up that dusty, musty book and since, I have read just about every book King has ever written.
Now most bookworms will tell you that the book is always better than the movie, which is true in most cases, including Cujo. That being said though, the original film adaptation was just fine as far as movies based off books go. It carried the overall feel and tone of the book. You got the basic story line. Of course there were some details missing but that's to be expected. All and all the film version of Cujo was a fine piece of cinematic imagery that stuck true to the original concept for the story.
This morning, I spot an article touting a reboot. I won't lie to you. My stomach turned. The headline from Cinemablend reads "The Cujo Remake's New Title Isn't Going to Sit Well with Some Fans." Not only do they plan to change the title to C.U.J.O - which reportedly is some bizarre acronym that suggests that the "new" movie is going to essentially take a big steaming deuce on the original concept from King. My blood is boiling. Not only for Cujo - but for all of the reboots that we keep getting spoon fed. Where is the originality? Where is the creativity? Why are we continuing to remake old stories or worse - revamp them into something they never were to begin with?!?
I'd love to know your thoughts on reboots and remakes. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.