Monday, September 24, 2018
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John Cusack reacts to Disney’s TV plans for High Fidelity

High Fidelity wasn't really an '80s flick – it was released in 2000 – but with John Cusack in the starring role (and much of the plot points revolving around our beloved decade), we're going to grandfather it in.

So anyway, here's the news in case you missed it: Disney is planning on adapting the movie (based on Nick Hornby's bestselling novel about a record store owner) into a TV series for its planned streaming service.

There are a couple of slight tweaks. Ready? Instead of the owner being a male, it'll be a female as the record store owner, according to DenofGeek.com. She'll still break the fourth wall by addressing the audience directly from time to time. And it appears the plot will still revolve around the chronicling of relationships gone bad – albeit in a much-more family-friendly manner. (Hey, it's Disney.)

In any case, Cusack – who until recently usually ignores anything involved with his previous roles – finally came out and commented on the news via Twitter.

"The woman part seems good – the rest not so much," Cusack tweeted. "But it's Nick's book … hope at least he's involved – if he's not – it'll suck."

As fantastic as the book (and original movie was), it's a fairly pedestrian plot that can easily be adapted for any audience. I'm not sure Disney really needs Hornsby's help to make it work. We'll see.

TOP 5 MEMORABLE LINES FROM HIGH FIDELITY:

5. "If you really wanted to screw me up, you should've gotten to me earlier!"

4. "She didn't make me miserable, or anxious, or ill at ease. You know, it sounds boring, but it wasn't. It wasn't spectacular either. It was just good. But really good."

3. "I can't fire them. I hired these guys for three days a week and they just started showing up every day. That was four years ago."

2. "I've been listening to my gut since I was 14 years old, and frankly speaking, I've come to the conclusion that my guts have s— for brains."

1. "What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"

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