I'm not exactly sure why you couldn't just make a summer camp comedy and NOT use the name Meatballs, but according to a CHUD source, it sure looks like Lionsgate is about to kick a new remake into production. Yes, world, there will now be two separate movies with the title of Meatballs -- neither of which have anything to do with ground beef.

The original "camp" comedy known as Meatballs actually hails from Canada, and it hit the scene in the summer of '79. Kick-started the (very) successful careers of Bill Murray and Ivan Reitman is what it did -- although it didn't really do all that much for folks like Chris Makepeace. Aside from young master Murray's inspired aloofness, the flick's a fairly forgettable affair. And as the CHUD source points out, it's not like Meatballs is on the same level as a Caddyshack or even a Stripes. Plus, who wants to share a title with movies like Meatballs Part 2, Meatballs 3: Summer Job or Corey Feldman's Meatballs 4?

But without Bill Murray, does the title "Meatballs" even matter? I say not. Er, no. Having said that, at least Lionsgate had the smarts enough to hand the project off to some funny people. Sean Anders and John Morris (of the very funny indie Never Been Thawed) have been tapped to pen the remake, while further buzz indicates that John Whitesell (See Spot Run, Malibu's Most Wanted, Big Momma's House 2, Deck the Halls) is in talks to direct, although with a resumé like that, forgive me for being a bit skeptical. I'm just wondering if they'll keep that song in the remake. You know the one I mean...

We are the C.I.T.s so pity us!
The kids are rats, the food is hideous!
We're gonna smoke and drink and fool around....