Some classic movies stand up as well today as they did when released… and remakes of said classics would not just be a bad idea, but an abysmal one. Think of The Godfather. This Is Spinal Tap. Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Natural. The Princess Bride. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Nothing about these films cries out, “Please, do it again but with modern actors, and tweak the plots for modern audiences,” right? When a rare movie is done well enough the first time, leave it alone.
Well an all-time classic is under siege in Hollywood, and one that we as hockey fans should tremble at the thought of what today’s filmmakers would do to a classic. Today’s Tank McNamara comic strip weighs in rather effectively on the supposed Slap Shot remake in pre-production:
Look: about the only person with the required foul-mouthedness and love of hockey to make a movie like Slap Shot alive today is Jersey-boy Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Chasing Amy, etc.).
But if someone with a true love of the game wants to make a hockey movie, then make a new hockey movie! Don’t mess with a classic just because that’s easier than coming up with a new idea.