It seems rather silly to gripe and groan, so let's get down to it: The Hollywood Reporter posts that the departure of long-time Warner Bros. exec Jessica Goodman -- after a 13-year tenure -- has prompted her portfolio to be distributed to fellow bigwigs. This work file included a whole pile of reboots -- many long-rumored and long-forgotten -- 'Lethal Weapon' (a reboot, not #5), 'The Wild Bunch,' 'The Dirty Dozen,' 'Westworld' and 'Oh God.'
The idea is that fresh eyes will bring new ideas and new life to these projects that were once sitting in development hell, or development who-the-hell-remembers. THR says that agents are already creating pre-emptive lists for each project, to figure out potential writers and directors for these fledgling films. Granted, this is nothing more than fresh eyes and eager wishes. These projects must now live on under new eyes and not fall to any number of potential pitfalls.
But the times are right. A project like 'Lethal Weapon' might have to contend with a post-'Cop Out' aftermath, but 'The Other Guys' certainly warmed our buddy cop palates. After the massive success of 'True Grit' -- which is now the Coen Brothers' biggest hit -- 'The Wild Bunch' seems almost sensible. And this is to say nothing of the potential of assassination action, killer robots and discourse with a cigar-smoking almighty.
But it all comes down to the special mix of talent. Which Hollywood writers and directors would you trust in the driver's seat for these films?