Following production on The Hobbit and James Bond 23, once-fledgling studio MGM has announced more post-bankruptcy plans with its upcoming co-financing deal this past Thursday. Most of MGM's future slate consists of remakes that were in the planning stages before the studio took a nosedive.
Paramount /hansel-and-gretel-witch-hunters-to-be-shot-in-3d/announced earlier this week that MGM would be co-financing Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton in a 3D fantasy adventure set in a futuristic land ruled by The Brothers Grimm. With that project in play, MGM will now move forward on its long gestating remake/reboot of RoboCop, which formerly had The Wolverine director Darren Aronofsky attached to helm.
RoboCop was originally being fast-tracked for a summer 2010 release date. In /darren-aronofsky-hopes-to-resurrect-robocop/December, Darren Aronofsky announced that he was still interested in bringing the half-man, half-machine back to the mean streets of Detroit. But now that he is set to follow-up The Wolverine with his biblical tale Noah, its isn't clear where the director stands. He may come back solely as a producer on the project.
Also returning from its production moratorium is the Poltergeist remake, which is based on the hugely popular 1982 collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper which saw a suburban family tormented by the spirits of an ancient Indian burial ground residing under their swimming pool.
MGM is also planning to remake Mr. Mom, the 1983 Michael Keaton comedy that finds a husband and wife swapping duties in the workplace and at home. There are rumblings that the new Mr. Mom may focus on a black couple, with the man being forced back into the workplace after his wife loses her top level position as a CEO. But wouldn't that make it Mrs. Mom?
The other two remakes are of the lesser-known 1980 drama The Idolmaker, which originally followed the life of real-life promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered, among others, Frankie Avalon and Fabian. This new version will be updated to fit our current trends in music, but it is unclear if it will follow a real music producer or a fictional one. And finally, Hercules, a retelling of the goofy 1983 fantasy comedy that starred Lou Ferrigno as the mythological Greek hero who finds himself trapped in modern day New York.
At this time, MGM is considering a distribution deal with Sony Pictures, which would encompass James Bond 23. In early January, the studio paired up with Warner Bros. for distribution on The Hobbit.