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Valley Girl, Poltergeist, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels all returning as musicals?!?

Valleygirlxo7Shocking news from Hollywood: MGM has a strategy to remake and repackage many of our favorite '80s classic films in order to reach new audiences.

Among the projects in the works: Valley Girl, Poltergeist, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Red Dawn, RoboCop and Fame. (Never mind the new Footloose, which is a Paramount production.)

Even worse: Some of these remakes will be in the form of musicals, Valley Girl in particular (as we mentioned on Stuck in the '80s a while back.)

"The '80s archeology is part of MGM's strategy to repackage classic catalog titles for new audiences in novel ways," the Hollywood Reporter writes. "The first product of this effort, Fame, dances into theaters Sept. 25."

Fame was a musical to start with, so no quibbles there. And while it's not official that Poltergeist or Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will get the same treatment, there's an obvious pattern in place here. And Valley Girl? Oh, gag me. Worship the movie, save the singing.

Director Jason Moore (Shrek: The Musical) has signed on for Valley Girl. In all fairness, Shrek: The Musical is up for eight Tony Awards on Sunday and has already won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for outstanding musical, according to THR.

"Valley Girl has been recast as a Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical built around the movie's new wave soundtrack," writes THR. Hello? The original movie was basically Romeo and Juliet already. I just can't imagine Randy and Julie breaking into a power ballad called It's Just You're F---ing Friends! or Tommy belting out the rocker No Other Val Dude Can Touch Me ... but I've been wrong before.

SO LET ME ASK YOU THIS ... Which '80s movies would you remake as musicals? Or, which '80s musicals would you remake as non-musicals? ("None" is not an acceptable answer. You gotta name at least one movie.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:46pm]


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