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Old is new again: good or bad?

Julian Castillo

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Paramount Pictures and the estate of author Mario Puzo struck a deal to allow the release of a new “Godfather” book in May. In recent weeks, that agreement has turned sour.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Puzo estate has filed a counterclaim targeting the rights granted to Paramount in 1969. If the settlement goes through, the studio will no longer be able to make “Godfather” movies.

While the two parties eventually struck a deal allowing the book to publish, Puzo’s estate has not done much to reclaim the property, which would leave the door open for another studio to make a new “Godfather” film.

You read that right: There could be a possible remake of one of the greatest films ever made.

Could this be a good or bad movie? If you are an optimistic person, you will hope for the best, or even that a new classic will be created. If you are a not-so-optimistic person, you will wish upon a star that this movie will never see the light of day.

Movie remakes seem to be a common idea in Hollywood for a few reasons.

First, it gives new directors a chance to revise an old flick however they want. Second, it gives audiences a new view on an older classic in today’s world. Finally and most importantly, it is a quick buck for production companies in Hollywood.

Here is the bad side to all of that. Hollywood will hire any director to have a remake receive green light.

If you know who Samuel Bayer is, then you should know his work in the music business. He has directed and filmed concerts for bands, such as Green Day, Metallica and Smashing Pumpkins, to name a few.

However, he is not very well-known for his movie. His directing debut was a remake from the horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

It has a current score of 35 percent Metascore (movie rating system) from critics, which is terrible, but it did shine in the box office opening at No. 1 with more than $60 million.

Hae jumped from music director to instant film director in a flash when Hollywood should have given the remake to someone with more experience. It has worked before.

The Coen brothers (Ethan and Joel) decided to tackle an old western classic known as “True Grit” in 2010. They have had a line-up of good movies, such as “Fargo,” “The Big Lebowski” and the Oscar award-winning “No Country For Old Men” (Best Picture Winner).

These movies were raved by viewers and critics, scoring higher than a 70 percent Metascore.

When they took on the western classic, it was once again beloved by viewers and critics alike with a score of 80 percent with a few Oscar nominations.

The Coen brothers tried to do a remake of “The Ladykillers” when they were getting started with film, and it did not work out.

Experience definitely pays off when it comes to directing.

The idea of how well a movie remake will be is always 50/50.

Sometimes a remake can be something everyone wants to bury in the ground, such as “Clash of the Titans” or “The Omen.”

Sometimes there is something special, such as “The Departed,” which is my favorite movie of all time.

The same can be said about the “Godfather” remake, if it is carried out by the right people.

It is always wise to wait and see when a remake is released before making quick judgments.

At the end of the day, it is all about just sitting back with some friends and watching a story unfold before your eyes and the discussion that takes place after the story is concluded.

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Old is new again: good or bad?