CINE-DEBATE: Indie Remakes?

I think we can all agree that the remake machine needs to stop. A year or so ago, I drew the line on watching remakes of movies that were only themselves 20 or so years old. Which is why I not only had no desire to see Let Me In but that its mere existence offended me (though, word on the street is that this particular film is a fine example of how this concept can actually work—I’ll believe that if/when I see it). If pressed, I can offer two 21st century remakes that I consider to be as effective as—or even more so than—their originals: The Ring and The Hills Have Eyes. But the positive fleeting presence of an accomplished remake every few years doesn’t outweigh the negative impact of seeing so much time and money spent on the cinematic board game of retreading a movie that is already so easily accessible.

Having said that, I had a funny thought the other day. What if the indie world caught a similar case of remake fever? Granted, I understand the reason Hollywood stoops to this level over and over and over again is because it is a business machine, which is fine. But what if those who seem to make films for personal and creative reasons first and foremost found a particular creative charge in revisiting the past. In some senses, Todd Solondz did that himself with Life During Wartime, but I’m talking about a young budding director getting the chance to purchase the rights to a previous indie in order to give it another go.

What do you think? I guess there are two ways to ask this question:

1) As a filmmaker, what indie film have you dreamed about remaking?

2) As a movie lover, what indie film do you think could actually benefit from a modern revamping?

Or

3) Are the best independent films too personal and distinct for us to even begin trying to play this silly game?

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