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The Neverending Story Remake

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"The NeverEnding Story" might keep going.

Warner Bros. and a pair of top-tier production banners are in the early stages of a reboot of the 1980s children's fantasy classic.

The Kennedy/Marshall Co. ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and Leonard DiCaprio's shingle Appian Way are in discussions with Warners about reviving the 25-year-old franchise with a modern spin. The studio recently acquired rights to the property, clearing the way for a potential remake.

Born out of a German-language novel by Michael Ende, the film centers on a boy named Bastian Balthazar Bux who discovers a parallel world in a book titled "The NeverEnding Story." As the boy, a loner, delves deeper into the book, he increasingly finds his life intertwined with the plot of the novel, in which a hero in the land of Fantasia must save the universe on behalf of an empress.

The new pic -- which original producer Dieter Geissler also will produce and Sarah Schechter and Jesse Ehrman will oversee for Warners -- will examine the more nuanced details of the book that were glossed over in the first pic.

Wolfgang Petersen directed and Neue Constantin produced the original for Warners, which earned a respectable $20 million when it was released in 1984. The film has had a long life on home video and an even larger influence on popular culture, prefiguring Harry Potter and other present-day children's fantasies.

A sequel directed by George Miller came out in 1990 and earned $17 million; a third movie followed in the U.S. in 1996 but quickly went to video.

Those familiar with the project emphasize that it is in its early stages and that writers have not been attached.

Still, the interest highlights the frenzy among big entertainment players to develop revivals or sequels of dormant '80s and '90s franchises, which has reached fever pitch with the success of reboots like "Friday the 13th" and the fast-track development of a new version of "Robocop."

"NeverEnding" came out long before the fantasy genre was seen as a springboard for a Hollywood blockbuster -- the movie's cast, anchored by Barret Oliver and Noah Hathaway, wasn't composed of superstars -- but Warners is said to see an opportunity in the first-generation children's fantasy. The studio has had success under the current regime producing and releasing the Harry Potter series, which has earned more than $4.5 billion worldwide during the course of its first five pictures.


I have wanted a remake for this ever since I read the book and found out how much deeper and more interesting it was when compared to the movie. My one fear has been that it would be done by a group of hacks, but with the people who did "Benjamin Button" behind this, I can not honestly see this remake being bad, or doing bad.

Whether or not you liked Burton's Chocolate Factory, it was far truer to the book than the original. Still I like both versions, and it could prove to be the same in this case.


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F*cking awesome. I feel the same way about the 80's movie, it was a disgrace to the book. The book wasn't nearly as childish and cheesey. The book was pretty philosophical and epic, I hope that this comes true in the remake. BTW they need to make two or three movies to really show the depth of the book.


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I thought the first was pretty good. And the second alright.


Not close to the book though, certainly.


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remakes are in season. i hope they dont screw it up. i loved the original. havent read the books seeing as its in german or sumthing.

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F*cking awesome. I feel the same way about the 80's movie, it was a disgrace to the book. The book wasn't nearly as childish and cheesey. The book was pretty philosophical and epic, I hope that this comes true in the remake. BTW they need to make two or three movies to really show the depth of the book.


I'm glad I'm not the only one supporting this. Most people are just flying off the handle with "Not another remake!", or "This will ruin my childhood!"They're completely overreacting before they even see a trailer. roll eyes (sarcastic)

I could definately see them wanting to make a trilogy, just because of the marketability, but I think that it could be easily done in just two movies. The original was 1:52 in length and covered up to half-way through the book, and if you add "nuances" it would probably be just 2:10 at the longest. So two movies should do just fine.

As far as the music, the Limahl theme for it, while I like it a lot, is dated and doesn't have anything to do with the actual story, so it can go. The "Falcor Flying" theme MUST stay though, because it is iconic, captivating, thrilling, and just fits the feeling of everything so well.

Okay, on the subject of actors/actresses, I could definately see them going for the "fresh face" approach with most of the younger characters, but in the case of Coreander and Gmork, I think they should bring in a seasoned veteran.

Who would you have?

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havent read the books seeing as its in german or sumthing.

There is an english version of the book. I'm glad there is an English version because I wouldn't have been able to read it otherwise!


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This is one franchise where no one can ever get angry over the amount of remakes and/or sequels... just look at the title!!


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This is one franchise where no one can ever get angry over the amount of remakes and/or sequels... just look at the title!!


Considering Friday the 13th is up to 12 films, and Godzilla has 28, I'd have to say that they are more like neverending stories. roll eyes (sarcastic)

Really though, that pun has been old since 1984, and most of the people making the pun don't even know why it's called the Neverending Story.


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I'm suprised they are making another one of these! I remember the original and it's not as popular sequel from the good old days.

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The original is one of my favorite films of all time. I can already assume that the remake will probably have solid special effects but miss the personal story and the entire point, as remakes usually do.


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The original is a classic. I don't remember enough of the sequel(s) to know what they were about or how good they are.Wasn't one in animated form?

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I was pleasantly surprised to hear about this. I loved the first one and i really hope that they do a fantastic job on the remake.


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I hope they make proper bit responsible use of CGI for this. The possibilities are...endless.

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The original is one of my favorite films of all time. I can already assume that the remake will probably have solid special effects but miss the personal story and the entire point, as remakes usually do.


Since their entire point for making this is to extol the "nuances" from the book that were left out of the original movie, it's actually going to further the personal story and point more than the original did! wink

Plus, one of the original's producers will be returning for this, and like I said it's from the people who did "Benjamin Button" which was also an adaptation [an exceptionally well done one from what I've heard].

I honestly have more faith in this remake than any other I have been/currently am hyped for.


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It should be great!

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Since their entire point for making this is to extol the "nuances" from the book that were left out of the original movie, it's actually going to further the personal story and point more than the original did! wink

Plus, one of the original's producers will be returning for this, and like I said it's from the people who did "Benjamin Button" which was also an adaptation [an exceptionally well done one from what I've heard].

I honestly have more faith in this remake than any other I have been/currently am hyped for.


That's the kinda pretentious mumbo jumbo they say about every remake, and then they always end up doing the opposite.

A producer returning from the original means nothing. Many crap remakes have someone coming back from the original and it still sucks, because a producer isn't the one who is mostly responsible for the quality, it has to be a perfect unified vision between all involved.

It could be good if they get a solid director. If they got Fincher or something then I'd be pretty excited, other than that I'll remain highly skeptical.


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Back Fire has a point.

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I understand a good producer doesn't equal a good movie, but a producer can have a lot of power in the movie making process. For example, I've heard that at 20th Century Fox, their producers are pretty tight and make changes to the movies all of the time, even though the creative direction should be in the directors hands.

While this is WB, not Fox, I'm sure the reason why they brought one of the original producers back was to ensure that the remake didn't lose any of the originals "feel" which made it iconic.


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The 80's movie was a disgrace to the book, period. Anybody who read and loved the book would realize what I mean. I enjoy the 80's movie still, to a certain degree, because it's nostalgic value and it's music. As a movie, not comparing it to the book, it was a nice fantasy film. Unfortunately the book was just to great and epic to be compared to the extremely childish presentation of the two movies. Think of all the adventures left out, all the emotions and all of beautiful mindscapes the book gave the readers. The first movie did a decent (to be nice) job of covering about 1/3 of the book. The second movie IMO was just plain out horrible. I really am looking forward to this movie and I really hope that they capture the complexity and depth of the book (which neither movie cam even CLOSE to doing). As long as they try to stay true to the book they can't go wrong.


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The 80's movie was a disgrace to the book, period. Anybody who read and loved the book would realize what I mean. I enjoy the 80's movie still, to a certain degree, because it's nostalgic value and it's music. As a movie, not comparing it to the book, it was a nice fantasy film. Unfortunately the book was just to great and epic to be compared to the extremely childish presentation of the two movies. Think of all the adventures left out, all the emotions and all of beautiful mindscapes the book gave the readers. The first movie did a decent (to be nice) job of covering about 1/3 of the book. The second movie IMO was just plain out horrible. I really am looking forward to this movie and I really hope that they capture the complexity and depth of the book (which neither movie cam even CLOSE to doing). As long as they try to stay true to the book they can't go wrong.
I don't know, I think the second movie included a lot of the ideas of the second half of the book, what with him losing his memories etc. I didn't think it was nearly as good as the first, but they at least tried to take their direction from the book.


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The 80's movie was a disgrace to the book, period. Anybody who read and loved the book would realize what I mean. I enjoy the 80's movie still, to a certain degree, because it's nostalgic value and it's music. As a movie, not comparing it to the book, it was a nice fantasy film. Unfortunately the book was just to great and epic to be compared to the extremely childish presentation of the two movies. Think of all the adventures left out, all the emotions and all of beautiful mindscapes the book gave the readers. The first movie did a decent (to be nice) job of covering about 1/3 of the book. The second movie IMO was just plain out horrible. I really am looking forward to this movie and I really hope that they capture the complexity and depth of the book (which neither movie cam even CLOSE to doing). As long as they try to stay true to the book they can't go wrong.


Agreed. The book makes so much more sense than the movie when you think about it. It makes more sense for Bastian to scream at Ygramul than at Morla. That scene always confused me. Artax's death made more sense when he could actually tell Atreyu how he was feeling.

Granted, things like Ygramul would have been extremely difficult back then with their technology. Still the movie lost a lot of the books messages, and this couldn't be more poignant than in the scene where Gmork is describing to Atreyu what the Nothing is, and how it works.

Bardock42, yes the the 2nd movie did at least take its direction from the 2nd half of the book, but everything was presented even more poorly than it was in the 1st movie.

to actually translate the whole book into a movie it would have to be split into parts. I think the first movie would have to end around the same point as the original movie. it would go likethis; Bastian and the Empress are talking after he has given her her new name, and Bastian makes his first wish for the forest, then the camera would pan back from his amazed face and show the forest growing exponentially. The a narrarator would say "So Bastian had made his first wish, and there would be many more wishes yet to follow, and more adventures in the land of Fantasia. But that is another story, and will be told another time."
Or something like that. big grin


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