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Sony to Big Chill Again

Published June 13, 2007 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
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I already don't like this idea. Is Hollywood really completely out of creativity? In a move that startles at least me, Screen Gems has announced that they plan to remake the 1983 classic The Big Chill. You know, because good films always need remaking.

Screen Gems to Remake The Big Chill

Sony is hoping to spoil our positive memory of The Big Chill -- which featured an impressive cast including Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place and JoBeth Williams -- with a 'contemporary' version. What does 'contemporary' mean exactly? Well, it guarantees an African American cast that will star Regina King.

The remake will stick closely to the original storyline, in which seven college friends reunite over a weekend at a South Carolina house for the funeral of a pal. As they get reacquainted, they become introspective about how their lives turned out.

Since the new cast will be in their 30s, it means we can enjoy flashbacks to college in the 1990s instead of the '60s. Yeah, I get that, but will they have those awesome Nike shoes that were worn in the original? I don't think so.

Stay tuned for updates.

The Big Chill was supposed to be Kevin Costner's breakout hit. He played the deceased friend and appeared in the film's flashback. Unfortunately for him, the flashback was entirely cut from the movie right before release, removing his character completely.

Costner would then have to wait for films like Silverado to show his mug to audiences across the globe.
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