St. Elmo’s Fire is going to be re-made as a series on ABC. As you may remember, the Brat Pack film about privileged young white people feeling angst launched the unfortunate career of director Joel Schumacher — if there was something awful with a huge budget in the ’90s, he probably made it. Schumacher and Topher Grace are among the producers; you can read the rest of the details here.
I was going to say how much I disliked the original movie, then I realized I’d never seen it and was thinking of The Big Chill because of its prominent soundtrack. And wow, did The Big Chill suck. WOOF.
Anyway, what bothers me most is that this movie and its famous theme song overshadow the fact that St. Elmo’s fire is actually a badass electrical phenomenon that gets its name from sailors hundreds of years ago. St. Elmo is the patron saint of sailors, and the “fire” is actually luminous plasma that appears on pointed, grounded objects (such as a ship’s mast) during a thunderstorm. Just one more thing that white have people ruined. “Wah wah wah, I graduated from Georgetown and I have emotions.” DIE.