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"Revenge of the Nerds" Remake Cancelled 193

Posted by CowboyNeal
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An anonymous reader writes, "Fox Atomic has pulled the plug on the Revenge of the Nerds remake. The movie was into two weeks of shooting when Emory University, the place where it was shooting, decided it no longer wanted to be part of the film."
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"Revenge of the Nerds" Remake Cancelled

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  • Good. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by hadhad69 (1003533) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:30AM (#16984182) Homepage
    Maybe now Hollywod will come up with, dare I say it, an original movie idea.
    • Re:Good. (Score:5, Funny)

      by wbren (682133) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:37AM (#16984214) Homepage
      Maybe now Hollywod will come up with, dare I say it, an original movie idea.
      No, it's much more likely that Fox will decide to make a documentary about filming the remake of Revenge of the Nerds, the struggle to gain support for the project, and its ultimate defeat. Rated PG-13.
      • by sorak (246725)
        No, it's much more likely that Fox will decide to make a documentary about filming the remake of Revenge of the Nerds, the struggle to gain support for the project, and its ultimate defeat. Rated PG-13.

        Nah. It's more likely that their next documentary will be entitled "Nerds: The Menace Among Us"

    • Re:Good. (Score:5, Funny)

      by Salvance (1014001) * on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:37AM (#16984216) Homepage Journal
      Not original? Apparently you didn't read Fox's teaser bits ... they were going to have Booger be the one staying up all night to spy on the ladies instead of Louis, and then Poindexter was going to get the girl on the Moonbounce. These are earth shaking plot twists!
      • by cayenne8 (626475)
        I hear ya.

        You know....I think there are SOME movies where they got it right the first time. ROTN's was one of them...along with the Longest Yard and some others they've done in recent history.

        Like the GP said...how about some 'original scripts'...make some new movies that are as quality as the older ones (acting and scripts). And don't get me wrong, I like good special effects as much as the next person, but, I'm also a fan of really good story telling.....

      • Don't forget about the cross over plot with Police Academy.
    • by dj961 (660026)
      How about "Attack of the Jocks"?
      • by Mononoke (88668)
        How about "Attack of the Jocks"?
        Ah yes, a "prequel," in the grand tradition of all those other well-loved "prequels."
    • Do you think we're near the breaking point on creativity in realistic fiction films? Or closing in? Truely, how many different possibilities actually exist (that would be entertaining / exciting enough) to make a movie out of, barring a wave of sci-fi? There's got to be a breaking point some day.
      • Hollywood never had many original ideas to begin with. They take alot of shit from Japanese animes, who flatout do sci-fi, horror and anything fantasy better than us. I am a firm believer that we make better documentaries and blow'em up special effects that's it. Once you take these two away, we are left with zero creativity.

        • Re:Good. (Score:5, Insightful)

          by Dunbal (464142) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @11:36AM (#16984536)
          I am a firm believer that we make better documentaries

                What, better than the British? I rather doubt that, mate.
          • by Cylix (55374)
            Our documentaries will kick your documentaries ass any day of the week!

            (Couldn't resist!)
          • by drsquare (530038)
            What, better than the British? I rather doubt that, mate.

            The American documentaries are better in terms of number of commercials, overblown narration, and background music etc. In terms of actual informative content, maybe not.
            • by ZzzzSleep (606571)
              Quoth drsquare
              The American documentaries are better in terms of number of commercials, overblown narration, and background music etc. In terms of actual informative content, maybe not.
              And American documentaries seem to be constantly recapping... are they worried that people watching will have forgotten what they were told 3 minutes ago?
          • by NulDevice (186369)
            Hey, our documentaries saved your documentaries' asses in WWII!
        • by schon (31600)
          Hollywood never had many original ideas to begin with. They take alot of shit from Japanese animes, who flatout do sci-fi, horror and anything fantasy better than us.

          Interesting - can you point out which Japanese movie this one [imdb.com] is based on, or this? [imdb.com]
          • by Eevee (535658) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @12:21PM (#16984848)

            Why didn't you just put "Being John Malkovich" and "Bubba Ho-tep" in your post instead of using unnamed links? It's not like it makes your point any better; in fact, it makes it weaker to those who don't click on links. At the very least, you could have anchored the links to the film titles.

            • by Cylix (55374)
              Because that person just links amazon for placement and pulls a referral fee.
            • by feepness (543479)
              Why didn't you just put "Being John Malkovich" and "Bubba Ho-tep" in your post instead of using unnamed links?

              If you don't know about Bubba Ho-Tep [imdb.com] then you are not in a thread on Slashdot reading about a Revenge of the Nerds Remake.

              You just aren't.
        • by udderly (890305) *
          Agreed. I think that it comes from where the starting point is and where it isn't. Starting Point=Will it make money? Starting Point !=Is it a compelling story? I'm trying to decide if that is a recent phenomenon or not. I can think of some great movies made in yesteryear:
          Cool Hand Luke
          Apocalypse Now
          Rear Window
          Citizen Kane
          Insert Your Movie Here

          All in all, I guess we get the movies that we deserve. If we stopped paying for crap there would be no crap.
          • Re:Good. (Score:5, Informative)

            by Enderandrew (866215) <.enderandrew. .at. .gmail.com.> on Saturday November 25, 2006 @12:13PM (#16984794) Homepage Journal
            I don't know exactly where your tastes in movies lie, but last year alone we had:

            Munich
            Capote
            Crash
            Brokeback Mountain
            Murderball
            Wallace and Grommit
            Constant Gardener
            Squid and the Whale
            History of Violence
            Good Night, and Good Luck
            Hustle and Flow
            The New World
            Walk the Line
            Jarhead
            King Kong
            Sin City
            The Devil's Rejects
            Pride and Prejudice
            Hotel Rwanda
            March of the Penguins
            War of the Worlds
            Episode III (before you bitch, it was easily the best of the prequels)
            Mirrormask
            Batman Begins
            Broken Flowers
            House of Flying Daggers
            Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
            Syriana
            Layer Cake
            Match Point
            Goblet of Fire
            Cache
            Cinderella Man
            40 Year Old Virgin
            Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
            Serenity
            The Upside of Anger
            Shopgirl
            Chronicles of Narnia
            Wedding Crashers
            Corpse Bride
            Memoirs of a Geisha
            Proof
            Millions

            As far as I'm concerned, Citizen Kane is horribly overrated. You spotted me three good movies in the entire history of mankind, and I gave you over 40 that came out last year alone.

            Truly no one makes good movies anymore.
            • Re:Good. (Score:5, Funny)

              by BaltikaTroika (809862) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @12:25PM (#16984878)
              Come on, this is slashdot. Here's a list that will speak to the masses:

              Internal Cumbustion 8
              Housewife Bangers 2
              Who's Your Daddy? 9
              First Time Swallows 2
              Sweet Cream Pies 1
              Perverted POV 10
              Two Big Two Be True 2
              My Sister's Hot Friend 5
              Bubblin Brown Suga
              Dude Your Girlfriend Is In A Porno 4
              • by ericdano (113424)
                Personally, Sweet Cream Pies 1 was the best out of that bunch. Internal Cumbustion 8 was good, but I thought it lacked feeling. Dude Your Girlfriend is in a Porno 4, to me, seemed more like an episode out of Jessica Simpson's reality show with all the deleted scenes. ;-)
              • And oh, Happy Scrappy Hero Pup!

                (your random Kevin Smith reference for the day!)
              • Here's a list that will speak to the masses:
                .
                .
                .


                      torrent plz ;)
            • by bhima (46039)
              How many truly good movies are in this list? Several
              How many truly bad movies are in this list? Several

              How many mediocre movies are on this list: The majority

              Sorry man but the majority aren't worth what costs for Me, my GF, and my daughter to see them.

              • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

                by Enderandrew (866215)
                I didn't list every movie that came out last year. I listed those that were universally hailed as good movies by all critics and fans alike last year.

                There aren't any truly bad movies on that list.

                Now you're just being obstinate.
            • by udderly (890305) *
              Damn. Please tell me that you didn't see all of those movies. I feel like a slacker.

              Munich Good, but to me a little overrated. Decent story with dialog that was clumsy at times.
              Capote Outstanding.
              The Upside of Anger Very good--a pleasant surprise. Does anyone play a better dumbass than Kevin Costner?
              Chronicles of Narnia Very Good

              I often wonder how one's expectation of a film affects one's enjoyment of it. For instance, I expected great things out of Munich and Brokeback Mountain only to be disap
              • I am a huge film geek, and I only saw 1/3 to 1/2 of those. Having a kid and being broke limits your ability to see movies sadly.

                I Google'd for critics Top Ten Films of 2005 lists, and checked Rotten Tomato scores to pick what is arguably the best films of 2005.
              • by doom (14564)
                The Upside of Anger Very good--a pleasant surprise. Does anyone play a better dumbass than Kevin Costner?

                Keeanu Reeves.

                (I guess I'll skip the obvious Dubya joke.)

            • Re:Good. (Score:5, Insightful)

              by Tim C (15259) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @02:42PM (#16985768)
              Wallace and Grommit

              A British film, and based on existing characters; not a sequel as such, but not entirely original either.

              King Kong

              A remake.

              Sin City

              Based on a graphic novel.

              Pride and Prejudice

              Made at least once before, if not more, and based on a book.

              War of the Worlds

              Remake of a film based on a book.

              House of Flying Daggers

              Was that a Hollywood film? (Genuine question)

              Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

              A remake of a film based on a book.

              Layer Cake

              British.

              Match Point

              I thought this was British, but could be wrong.

              Chronicles of Narnia

              Remake.

              Now, I'm not saying that they're not good films, but I don't think that that list is really a good example of original Hollywood films of the last year...
              • by cloak42 (620230)
                Based on a graphic novel.

                Since when does this make it an unoriginal film? We have movies that are made all the time that have been adapted from plays or novels--what makes a graphic novel adaptation any less original?

                A remake of a film based on a book.

                Just goes to show that you didn't see this film. For the record, it was an adaptation of the novel, whereas the "original film" had very little to do with the book. It was by NO means a remake.
                • by Tim C (15259)
                  Since when does this make it an unoriginal film?

                  Well, it's not an original story, it's not an original concept, it's not the first adaptation of a graphic novel, it's not the first to use elements of comic book style in its cinematography (Hulk did that too at least) - need I go on?

                  Just goes to show that you didn't see this film.

                  I've seen it a number of times; my daughter has it on DVD. I didn't say it was an exact copy of the first one (or of the book), I was disputing that it was an original film. Besides
              • "Wallace and Grommit

                A British film, and based on existing characters; not a sequel as such, but not entirely original either."


                It was an original film. But I will concede it is British.

                "War of the Worlds

                Remake of a film based on a book."

                No one criticized the radio play for being "unoriginal". Adapting material to a new medium is not an easy thing to do. Either way, the 2005 version is completely different from any previous movie version, the radio play, and the book. The characters and story of the movie
                • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

                  by Dabido (802599)
                  '"Chronicles of Narnia
                  Remake."
                  Adaptation, but there wasn't a previous Narnia movie that I'm aware of.'


                  There is a series of films, but they're British, filmed a while ago as well. I saw 'The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe' and 'Prince Caspian' back in 1990, so that says something about how old the films were. I can't be bothered googling for a link.

                  The problem with the list you gave [I feel], is that a lot of them weren't that well received by critics, even if they were box office successes. I r
              • by kimvette (919543)
                I, for one, welcome our claymation overlords, and respectfully request more Wallace and Gromit.

                Thanks for listening, Aardman Animations. :)
            • by kimvette (919543)
              Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe were remakes; however both were very necessary, IMHO.

              In the case of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the original take was vastly different from the book; that is, the only similarities were character names and the most basic premise (e.g., Charlie wins one of the five golden tickets). Pretty much everything else was different from the book. The original with Gene Wilder was still fun to watch (and the analog CGI lyrics were i
            • You forgot the funniest movie of the decade.

              Borat.
          • by Tweekster (949766)
            Citizen Kane, the most overrated movie in history.

            Maybe you shouldnt equate OLD with good.
        • Shakespeare never had many original ideas to begin with. He took a lot of shit from history and traditional folk tales, who flatout did romance, tragedy and anything historical better than us. I am a firm believer that we make better comedy and Scottish plays and that's it. Once you take these two away, we are left with zero creativity.

          -----------

          Fixed that for you.
        • by blincoln (592401)
          They take alot of shit from Japanese animes, who flatout do sci-fi, horror and anything fantasy better than us.

          That's an interesting claim. Most of the anime I've seen borrows extensively from its own genre and Hollywood films, even if it is nicely designed and animated.

          It also seems to have more of a tendency than American films to have scenes near the end where some incredibly lame nonsensical pseudo-philosophy is spouted out that's supposed to explain everything and/or be a huge revelation to the audienc
      • It has been speculated there are only something like 38 plots.

        Let's take "Revenge" as a plot. With it, you have "Revenge of the Nerds", "Lethal Weapon 2", "Moby Dick" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" as a few examples.

        With each plot you get to choose a medium, a style, a setting, individual characters, how that plot is resolved, whether or not to involve other plot elements as well, etc.

        Truly there are only a small handful number of unique story ideas, but there are many ways to tell a story.
        • Hey you! You take your highbrow "logic" and "insightfulness" and get the hell out of here! All movies suck, it's Hollywood's fault, and THAT'S IT! Now if you'll excuse me, I'll get back to torrenting my copy of "The Fountain" in an attempt to stick it to Big Media by pointing out that everything they do is soulless and not worth my time or mone... er, my money.

          Harrumph.
        • by SirWinston (54399)
          I was reading Seven Seasons of Buffy: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Discuss Their Favorite Television Show [amazon.com], and one of the writers mentioned he'd had a writing teacher say that there are only 2 basic plots--"a stranger comes to town," and "somebody goes on a journey." A fairly pointless oversimplification, but it does fit...
      • by Quarters (18322)
        "barring a wave of sci-fi"

        Just because someone makes up a noun by combining a greek letter, a type of radiation, and either of the words, "particle" or "wave" it doesn't mean sci-fi has original story ideas. If anything sci-fi suffers more from trite and predictable plots more than other types of fiction. Only a geek would think that sci-fi was the silver bullet to save creativity.

    • by mshiltonj (220311)
      Nah. Costs too much money.
    • by ip_vjl (410654)
      The problem is that a lot of people won't go to see something unless it's *new*.

      There can be a lot of great stories out there, but unless it is sitting in the New Releases section of the video store, or is playing at the local multiplex, they're just never going to see it.

      It's unfortunate, because there's a lot of great stories out there that people just turn themselves off from because they're old, or in black and white, or have outdated special effects. How many people have actually seen Citizen Kane? But
    • Not just that but "Revenge of the Nerds" really make geeks and smart people look in a bad light. Discouraging many kids (boys especially) from entering the Math/Sciences or just even pretending to be smart. Part of the problem with today's education system that for Decades TV and Movies portrait smart people as unpopular, social outcasts, or some how physically, and/or socially handicapped. Revenge of the Nerds, Head of the Class, Saved by the Bell, Step by Step, Simpsons, even the painter Norman Rockwell
  • by soapbox (695743) * on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:30AM (#16984184)
    Frankly, with as many spoiled rich kids that come to Emory's undergrad program, we need all the geek credibility we can get.

    Plus, imagine all the Coca-Cola product placements!
  • by solevita (967690)
    Could they not film it somewhere else?
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by WarlockD (623872)
      {Variety} - The nerds haven't found paradise yet!

      Production on one of Fox Atomic's first films -- a remake of the 1984 cult classic "Revenge of the Nerds" -- has been shut down after Emory University in Atlanta, where more than a third of the film was to be shot, backed out of its agreement to allow Fox to film on campus. It's believed that Emory officials ultimately balked at the raunchy nature of the project.

      Fox was alerted to the issue four days before the shoot was planned to start on Oct. 9. Afte
      • I am a bit surprised Fox Atomic had not signed some form of contract with Emory. That would have allowed them to sue for breach of contract. I suppose all this means that Fox Atomic were not going to pay Emory.
      • Production is now officially on hiatus, with the clock ticking, considering that winter (and snow) is approaching, and much of the film is set outdoors in autumn, back-to-school weather.


        They could always find a university somewhere south of the Equator and start their filming in March, since that would be the start of autumn down there.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Scheduling the production of a full-blown feature film is - to say the least - a bitch. From what what I've read (which is little, since I wouldn't have gone to see the remake if you held a gun to my head) they were shooting 99% of the movie on the Emory campus, so they essentially had their entire schedule tossed out the window when their location got yanked. That means shutting the entire movie down until it's reset / rescheduled, and at that point things only get worse. Are any of your actors scheduled t
    • Do you know of another university that has a $1,000,000 landscaping endowment?
  • by romit_icarus (613431) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:38AM (#16984222) Journal
    Since the original flick, all the nerds are now in India! What the producers should do is shift base from Emory to an Indian university. Perhaps one of the IITs (www.iitb.ac.in)!

    Now that will be real and oh so funny

    • by Zaphod2016 (971897) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:41AM (#16984244) Homepage
      This sounds like a great flick. They could call it "Harold and Kumar explain why you should have bought the extended warranty".
    • by middlemen (765373) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:43AM (#16984266) Homepage
      Well actually in India, unlike the USA, kids/students who are really good at academics are valued and respected as opposed to kids/students who are sportsmen. In fact, it is very common in India, that if a kid is good at sports, the first thing people ask is "Is that kid bad at academics ?". Academics comes first, and then comes everything else.
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by sgt_doom (655561)
      I suspect the attitudes may be somewhat different in India in respect to nerds (having bummed around the Near East and Asia after military service many eons ago). Therefore, I would humbly suggest they move it to Amazon.com - home to many transplanted Indian nerds and lowbrow American riff-raff.....
  • by Gription (1006467) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:40AM (#16984238)
    I suspect it was really pulled because they couldn't get Lisa Simpson for the movie. (and they were smart enough to not even try for Paris Hilton...)

    see> http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/22/133825 5 [slashdot.org]
  • Thanks to Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez. This whole tri-lambda hatin' on the Alpha Betas and vice versa just doesn't work.
    They showed us that we're all in this together and if jocks want to sing or bake, or if the nerds want to get down to hip hop, or skaters dudes want to play the cello...we gotta be there for them!
    This whole new outlook could be the start of something new.
    Get your head in the game! It doesn't just apply to the basketball court anymore...
  • I blame... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by vistic (556838) * on Saturday November 25, 2006 @10:42AM (#16984260)
    RO-BOT HOOOOOUSE!!!
  • Thank gods (Score:2, Funny)

    by Lord Apathy (584315)

    Thank you Zeus, Budda, God, one of you guys was listening.

  • Alternative idea (Score:1, Redundant)

    by swordgeek (112599)
    OK, this is a bit out there, but bear with me.
    Couldn't they maybe...make an original movie?
    • "Everybody worked very hard on 'Revenge of the Nerds,' and we're all extremely disappointed that we can't move forward," said Fox Atomic's Peter Rice.

      How much more work could there be on a remake? These guys are not only unoriginal, but have no perspective of hard work.
  • Hollywood just announced a new movie that's going into production: Attack of the 50-Foot Geek Girls!
  • We're spared from another craptastic Hollywood remake. Excuse me if I don't shed a tear.
  • Georgia Tech (Score:3, Insightful)

    by nucal (561664) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @11:13AM (#16984420)
    The real Revenge of the Nerds will be when Georgia Tech beats Georgia in football today ...
  • by BTWR (540147) <americangibor3@P ... om minus painter> on Saturday November 25, 2006 @11:45AM (#16984598) Homepage Journal
    I didn't see the script for this, but I dount the new RotN would have been good anyway.

    The original flick was a great film about "nerd persecution" in the 1980s. Back then, being a "nerd" was something that was truly dreaded. Not like today's "cool nerd" or "geek chic" like Weezer or Marc Cuban. Seriously, go watch the original movie, an substitute "nerd" for "black" or any other group. They were persecuted, driven out of their homes, had basically a direct-allusion to a burning cross outside their house (a burning "Nerds" sign), rocks thrown in their windows ("Nerds Get Out"), etc.

    The 2nd movie was "ok" and the 3rd and 4th were awful. But all three of those were simply comedies, not in the same manner as the first one, which was a funny comedy, but subtly wrapped in a deeper social message. No, I'm not saying RotN was some amazingly socially insightful movie. But that doesn't mean that it didn't have some surprising amount of depth to it either...

  • Be afraid (Score:3, Funny)

    by tm2b (42473) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @01:03PM (#16985072) Journal
    They'll probably just replace it with a reality show of the same name.
  • by nurb432 (527695)
    There really is a god!
  • by dangitman (862676) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @04:13PM (#16986542)
    I swear REVENGE!

    What a miscarriage of justice. Just when you think nerds are getting some respect, some grumpy old Dean keeps us down again. How many times must we make our revenge? Even nerds don't have calculators that count that high.

  • If they were already two weeks into the actual shooting then this movie was well along the way to happening somehow. I can't believe someone would throw up their hands and say, "Okay, you don't want us. We quit! End of movie. Pack it up and everybody just go home."

    I'd expect alternative locations to be actively scouted within an hour of the announcement, if they hadn't already been before selecting this one in the first place. They should have been back on track within a week -- two at the outside.

  • by Mengoxon (303399) on Saturday November 25, 2006 @06:24PM (#16987532)
    The article says that production was ceased, not cancelled
  • ... is because it isn't cool to make fun of nerds anymore!

    To quote Billy Madison: "if peeing in your pants is cool, then I'm Miles Davis"

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