Saturday, January 14, 2012

SyFy Channel Began Production on "The Philadelphia Experiment" Remake in August 2011

If any corporate entity on the face of this Earth other than the SyFy Channel were remaking this movie, I would be alot more enthusiastic. The original movie from 1984 was a "so-so", moderately interesting, fictional account of the supposed, top secret naval experiment in the 1940s. "Murphy's Law" dictates that in the hands of Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern, this remake movie should reliably be worse than the 1984 original. Add to this the sad fact that the SyFy Channel is filming this remake in their "low budget stomping grounds" of "beautiful downtown Vancouver."

Now, the SyFy Channel is always, notoriously unfriendly towards any original movie or television series they remake. Their remakes are always poorly conceived ("Battlestar Galactica", "Flash Gordon"), poorly produced ("Battlestar Galactica", "Flash Gordon"), and poorly written ("Battlestar Galactica", "Flash Gordon.") Because of this, I have no faith in their remake of "The Philadelphia Experiment" because quite frankly, of all the Science Fiction elements Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern should stay away from (aside from "Battlestar Galactica") is "Time Travel." And to be perfectly fair, all other corporate executives / marketers working for a cable network should stay clear of  "Time Travel" as well.

"Time Travel" is exclusively the domain of experienced Science Fiction writers who know what the hell they are doing...such as David Gerrold, the young Harlan Ellison, and D.C. Fontana. You really have to know what you are doing when producing and writing in this genre. Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern do not. And neither would the producers and writers the three of them assigned to work on this remake movie.

This is the same cable network with Bonnie Hammer at the helm that tried to turn "Flash Gordon" into a "worm hole romp" instead of the rocketship fun stuff on another world we still fondly remember with Buster Crabbe. The results were disastrous. The only saving grace is that the original movie starring Michael Pare wasn't that great to begin with, so how much worse could the SyFy Channel make the story?

What am I saying?? I'm underestimating Bonnie Hammer, David Howe, and Mark Stern.

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