Prepare For Remakes of ACE VENTURA, THE EXORCIST, and MAJOR LEAGUE
Morgan Creek Productions has put its library of 78 films up for sale, and if the deal goes through with a potential buyer, the production company is set to retain the remake rights to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Major League, The Exorcist, Young Guns, and Flying Tigers.
I'm sure you can see where this is heading. Morgan Creek's CEO told Deadline that they're selling the rights to the library in order to make money to fund more movies, but it seems like at least some of those movies will be remakes of Ace Ventura, The Exorcist, and Major League; of the five available options, those are the three currently in development there.
Remaking Major League is one thing, but The Exorcist? That's a classic, and it seems like there is always at least one exorcism-based movie that comes out every year, so a remake of the original seems unnecessary. As for Ace Ventura, good luck finding someone to capture the manic energy of Jim Carrey, because it's not going to happen. Carrey is a one-in-a-million performer who absolutely owned that role in the early stage of his film career, and a modern actor trying to put his own spin on it is likely just going to fall flat. If the movie is a remake in name only and everything else about it is changed, including the personality of the main character, then maybe I can see that working out OK. What do you all think?