Well they are ruining another 1980's TV Show

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TORONTO – The long-in-the-works movie version of 1980s TV series The Fall Guy is coming together once again, this time as a vehicle for Dwayne Johnson.


Johnson is in negotiations to star in a big-screen remake that McG is in talks to direct. Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment is financing the action film alongside WWE Studios. Writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class) executed the draft that attracted all the attention.

Amritraj is producing alongside Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, who have held the rights to the property for years. WWE Studios president Michael Luisi also is producing, while McG is in talks to produce as well. The film is being presented to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.

Fall Guy was an ABC series that ran from 1981 to 1986 and starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stunt man who supplemented his income by doing bounty hunter work. He was joined on his escapades, which usually involved him transferring a stunt from a movie to the job at hand, by his sidekick cousin (Douglas Barr) and a fetching female stunt actress played by Heather Thomas.

Hollywood has long been trying to translate Fall Guy to the silver screen. The project was set up for years at Warner Bros., and more recently at DreamWorks, where Parkes/MacDonald tried to get it off the ground with Casino Royale's Martin Campbell at the helm and Nicolas Cage starring.

Sources say Hyde Park, which is here in Toronto with the festival's closing night film Life of Crime, will be officially shopping it at the festival in the coming week. Hyde Park will finance the film along with WWE.

Johnson, repped by WME and Gang Tyre, is about to begin shooting Fast & Furious 7.
McG, repped by WME, last directed 2012's This Means War.
 

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What the hell is "The Fall Guy"?

And would it kill you to post a link?
 

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I never thought it was a great series to begin with
so I doubt they can roone it.
I can accept that, but here's thing. Hollywood is so bereft of ideas that the recycle the shit and make it worse. While The Fall Guy may not have been the best show on television we didn't need a remake of the Honeymooners, one of the best shows ever.
 

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So a horseshit show about a stuntman dealing with his latent homosexuality. Gotcha.
Well I never said it was Scorsese. I just hate how they have to incessantly remake shit.
 

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Well I never said it was Scorsese. I just hate how they have to incessantly remake shit.
Well if the Fall Guy is what really grinds your gears when it comes to Hollywood remakes you are diving into the shallow end of the pool. No one will care about the Rock jumping out of helicopters and shit, no matter how popular the show was.
 

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I'm not a fan of Hollywood remakes.

I wish they would come up with more original ideas too

but this is hardly a remake of a classic.
 

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I can accept that, but here's thing. Hollywood is so bereft of ideas that the recycle the shit and make it worse. While The Fall Guy may not have been the best show on television we didn't need a remake of the Honeymooners, one of the best shows ever.
It was 8 years ago. I think its to move on from the Honeymooners thing.
 

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I'm not a fan of Hollywood remakes.

I wish they would come up with more original ideas too

but this is hardly a remake of a classic.
Well if the Fall Guy is what really grinds your gears when it comes to Hollywood remakes you are diving into the shallow end of the pool. No one will care about the Rock jumping out of helicopters and shit, no matter how popular the show was.

It's mostly nostalgia about The Fall Guy with me but the Honeymooners was a fucking sin.
 

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Heather Thomas gave me quite a rod as a young lad back in the day. Otherwise the show was shit.
 

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How can you ruin something that was bland formula crap to begin with?

If they want to remake a cheesy 80s TV show, go for broke and remake Manimal.

 

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Bring back Sledge Hammer with the original cast and life will be complete.

Trust me, I know what I'm doing.
 

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I used to have a Fall Guy action figure. Something like this:

I don't know where it came from and didn't really understand who he was supposed to be or why he was cool. He could hang with G.I. Joe and get beat up real good though.
 

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I can accept that, but here's thing. Hollywood is so bereft of ideas that the recycle the shit and make it worse. While The Fall Guy may not have been the best show on television we didn't need a remake of the Honeymooners, one of the best shows ever.
I see this type of post every time a remake or reboot or sequel comes out. No offense, but it's complete and utter bullshit.

Let's look at movies from the year the Fall Guy premiered, 1981, vs last year:

1981 - 113 films released
2012 - 663 films released

So here's what you're focused on: The Top 20 in 1981 featured only two sequels and two remakes. (Superman II, For Your Eyes Only, Excalibur, and Tarzan). The Top 20 in 2012 featured 8 sequels, 1 prequel, and 3 reboots or remakes. But that still means 8 of the Top 20 were original movies.

But there were literally hundreds more original movies made in 2012 than were made in 1981. So while the box office is a little oversaturated with sequels and remakes, there are still tons and tons of other options out there. So let them make the stupid Fall Guy, and you can go see something else. 4 or 5 more something elses than you could have seen as a kid. By the way, the further down the list you go, the more the percentages start to change. 21 of the top 40 were original, 65 of the top 100, and so on.

So Hollywood isn't bereft of ideas, the bulk of the moviegoing audience is.