But will Ghost‘s resurrected spirit be a benevolent one like Patrick Swayze‘s Sam, or an evil spirit like the ones that drag people down to hell using less-than-impressive early ‘90s special effects? If the Ghost reboot is a good spirit, will it be kind to its fans? Or will it refuse to say it loves them, opting only for “ditto,” which in this case means a hiatus-ridden production schedule and endless reruns? I think this analogy got away from me.
The reboot is being produced by Paramount, which according to Deadline “plans to mine [its] movie library and team with experienced film and TV writers for series adaptations.” The “experienced film and TV writers” in this case are Akiva Goldsman (Fringe, I Am Legend) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe, Alias, Lost), who are writing the pilot together. There’s no word yet on casting, a network, or even whether the characters and plot will remain the same. The planned Murder, She Wrote reboot is seriously alterting its source material, after all. I half expect Whoopi Goldberg to pull an Angela Lansbury and start letting the world know what she really thinks.
The absolute glut of remakes we’ve been faced with in the last decade or so is indicative of a problem insofar as Hollywood creativity is concerned, but at the same time there’s nothing about just being a remake that means a movie—or TV show—can’t be good. I’d imagine it’s far more difficult to put oneself on autopilot if one is adapting a movie into a TV show instead of just another movie. What I’m saying is, Paramount, if you’re bound and determined to pillage your back catalog for TV ideas, I might side-eye you a little, but I also wouldn’t say no to a Mean Girls show. As long as Tina Fey’s involved. Get on that.
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