‘Fuck!’. That was the first word out of my mouth when I glimpsed this morning’s headline suggesting Joe Dante’s 80s classic “Explorers” was going to be remade.
Okay, so the cutesy science-fictioner wasn’t an “E.T” or a “Goonies”, but it’s still one of those beloved infantile friends from the ’80s that you’d sworn to protect from all wrongdoers. A remake? Homie don’t play that.
“Explorers” wasn’t a huge hit – in fact, it barely made a dint at the box-office upon release. But those that did see it – most of whom discovered it on VHS – fell in love with its enchanting premise and transporting plot. I, for one, remember rushing home from the cinema after watching it to build my own space-ship. If I recall correctly, the parts of my space-ship were discarded (at least I told myself they were no longer being used) junk from the house-next-door – which was still in the building stages. My contraption, made mostly of planks of wood, bricks and broken door-knobs, didn’t fly like the one the kids’ have in the movie but the fact I was convinced it would, speaks volumes for the influential magic “Explorers” obviously encompassed. It captured our imagination and then some.
The film starred River Phoenix, Ethan Hawke and Bobby Fite as three kids who build a spaceship – based on the building instructions one of them has been passed on in his dream. Next thing they know, the trio are whisked off to space – befriending aliens.
Dante, fresh from “Gremlins”, directed. And he did a good job. But had he actually been given the time to finish his movie – the studio moved up the release date, and released the film as is (it was a bloody ‘work print’!) – it might have been “Gremlins” good.
The new movie will be written by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (who!?) and produced by “Mission : Impossible” franchise-regulars Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
It’ll be interesting to see whether Hollywood can actually up come up with an “Explorers” half as good as Joe Dante’s ‘unfinished’ version though. I say they can’t.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.