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Remaking Scrooged

MyMerryChristmas.com
June 9, 2019

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For the second time in less than a month a bad idea for a Christmas movie has been announced. Paramount has declared that Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in a remake of 1988’s dark comedic disaster called Scrooged, which originally starred Bill Murray.

Scrooged is just one of many inexplicable takes on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that ultimately underwhelmed both at the box office and with traditional Christmas audiences.

Murray’s manic performance in what can only be called a joyless take on Christmas remains one of the most bizarre depictions ever of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Unlike A Christmas Story, Scrooged remains an enigma with Christmas audiences, though Paramount now insists it is a “cult classic”.

The film pulled in $60 million at the box office, not even cracking the top ten for that year.

In fact, another film from the same year, Die Hard, argued both then and now about whether it is a Christmas film at all, pulled in more than $80 million. Just a year later Christmas Vacation was made and it grossed $72 million. Why aren’t they trying to remake those two films?

Films of greater Christmas fame such as Home Alone went on to make $285 million and The Santa Clause pulled in $145 million. Scrooged does not even make the top ten.

Scrooged has likewise failed to impress in home media sales and in television replay.

So why then is anyone even considering a remake?

In 2013 Hollywood announced a potential remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, long considered even outside of Christmas circles as one of the best movies ever made. The outcry against a remake was so great the project was shelved.

It might be time to cry out again, folks.

Why can’t Hollywood get Christmas right? In the past decade we have had to endure such lousy offerings such as A Bad Mom’s Christmas, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Office Christmas Party and The Night Before.

Hollywood’s take on Christmas has been simply dreadful.

SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/scrooged/

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Black River Santa

I feel for the comedic actor that has to out-zany Bill Murray. Wouldn't it be nice if they had an original idea once in a while?

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Santa Ed K

It's truly unfortunate the lack of creativity in Hollywood in the past few years.

"If they liked it once, they'll love it twice" appears to be the thinking anymore.

The recent remakes of movies has produced sub par copies of the originals. Sure, the audience they are after probably has not seen the originals to compare to, but hoping to make major bucks for imitation is ridiculous.

Look at Disney, the most recent Star Wars movies are based upon the theme from years ago, but are new movies. Yet they attempt to resurrect older productions, albeit "live action", and so far have not found the block buster they are looking for.

Someone probably thought " hey, I loved that movie when I was younger. I bet I could do a better job." Well, special effects can't make up for talent from the actors.

Let's see how this one makes out. I don't want to condemn it before it launches. I'm just agreeing that the is a MAJOR lack in creativity out there.

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34 minutes ago, Santa Ed K said:

It's truly unfortunate the lack of creativity in Hollywood in the past few years.

Well, special effects can't make up for talent from the actors.

You nailed it !

So many of the old movies are "low tech" but very well acted - CGI for dramatic background just doesn't make up for poor acting . . . 

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Santa Johnny Boy

WHAAAAAAT?!?!?!

No,...  don't do it!

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bllwnkl

I long for a good old fashioned, wholesome Christmas movie that is well written, well acted, and brings out all the emotions from tears to laughter. Santa Claus would be the perfect focal point.

But sadly, people want more and more sensationalism; to the point that anything and everything is used to try to achieve those feelings.

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Santa Bill Reiller

I vote no!!  There must be no new thinkers in Movie World.

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Felix Estridge

Further proof that you can't fix stupid.

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