Director Seth Gordon is rightfully taking his victory lap this after his film Horrible Bosses out-earned Paul Blart Zookeeper over the weekend, and even got pretty good reviews in the process. It was his second narrative feature since King of Kong, and hopefully won him back some of the credibility he lost with Four Christmases. The world is his oyster at this point, which makes it confusing to me that he’d still be interested in remaking King of Kong. Save the greatest hits record for when you start sucking, yo.
“I think it’s the thing that won’t ever die in a way because I think we all love the doc,” Gordon said, confirming the remake is still being worked on. “And so we haven’t given up on it. And there’s a new draft by [2007 Black List writer] Melissa Stack who did a wonderful job. And so it’s quite real.”
“There’s a few different avenues [the film can take]. I’ve done some work on ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Office’ and have worked in this doc style, and so that inspired me to say, instead of doing a traditional narrative feature script, what if we did the remake in the doc style?,” he explained. “What doors what that open? What opportunities? What additional story could we tell? And that’s essentially the approach we took.” [ThePlaylist]
Talk about a fist full of NO THANKS, am I right???? I could see doing a sequel to the documentary, but the reason the original works so well is that it’s such a pitch-perfect underdog story with a humble hero, an over-the-top villain, and all the hallmarks of a cheesy Hollywood blockbuster, and yet it’s all real. Why not just re-release THAT? Is it really that f*cking hard to watch a documentary? No way could a fictionalized account be anything but a watered-down version of the original. There’s only one Billy Mitchell, and his name is Billy Mitchell. His hair is like unicorn’s mane.