By Mike Derderian
Sixty seconds or less were quite enough for Randall “Memphis” Raines (Nicolas Cage) to nick fifty cars in Gone in Sixty Seconds, however, it took Bo “the Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) more than that time to wreck a whole fleet of Georgia State Patrol cars using only a Trans Am in Smokey and the Bandit.
Imagine what could happen if we place both two speed-lovin’ characters opposite each other in a car chase film entitled The Bandit vs. Sixty Second Memphis.
If your thinking I am losing my mind, you’re half way there; nevertheless, with the latest Hollywood craze of producing big budget films where two different characters with the word “Vs.” in between being caught up in a mortal clash; my fantasy might become your reality.
Running out of innovative script writers, “Dream Factory” is using material that no one dare touch; one good example is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Ring Trilogy that was almost forgotten until Peter Jackson used computer generated images (CGI) to bring it back in a larger than life fashion.
Of course, it takes a good book to make a good movie, not the other way round. The question is what happens if we come short of classic novels, which formulates the very basis of not only our imagination but also the fuel to the Hollywood money machine.
In the past four years, theaters all around the world witnessed a cinematic renaissance, where all the rules governing script writing were off, allowing young aspiring writers and directors to use piled up film materials and unforgettable characters we either loved or hated in new adaptations.
The first of such films was the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason, when both Wes Craven and Victor Miller joined hands to reproduce two of Hollywood’s most-revered horror figures in an unholy matrimony of ashes to ashes and dust to dust.
In the first corner, armed with razor sharp blades fixed to his hand gloves is Freddy Kruger (echo), who is dressed in his trademark black and red striped shirt and hat that hides his burnt evil features and flesh. And in the second corner, with only a butcher’s knife in his hand, wearing a white hockey mask that hides the seeds of ultimate evil, stands the 6’6 feet Jason Voorhees.
Leaving his favorite spot on Elm Street after first appearing in the 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street, Kruger (a heavily under makeup Robert Englund) is about to meet his match, Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger), whom also decided to leave the set of the 1980 Friday the 13th. Will evil defeat evil in a battle where good doesn’t have a chance?
That was in 2003. This year, we have another galactic odd couples tying the knot. Alien vs. Predator is the latest installation for both man-hunters, where earth is the training arena for their bloody sport.
Predator previously appeared in two prequels; the first produced in 1987 and directed by John McTiernan starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers; and the second was released in 1990, directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Danny Glover and Kevin Peter Hall as the predator.
The latest spoof would offer so many missing links. Now, unless a few aliens managed to board a shuttle and escaped from the planet location in Alien Resurrection (1997) after nearly being annihilated by the tough looking, yet lavishing, Sigourney Weaver as lieutenant Ellen Ripley.
The film is about a group of young explorers, who stumble upon an ancient pyramid in Antarctica that turns out to be a place where predators and aliens have been fighting each other for centuries. In this film directed byPaul W.S. Anderson , both creatures this time might deicide not to fight each other and join hands to destroy the human race—and who knows they still might squeeze in a little role for George W. Bush.
So with all this hype around classic characters and their latest participation in recent state-of-the-art films—some successful and some a complete failure—here is our own list of “Vs.” films that might come into production in the near future: Ninja Turtles vs. the Gremlins; Terminator vs. Robocop; Mimic vs. the Fly; Artificial Intelligence vs. Blade Runner; Harry Potter vs. Frodo; Jurassic Park vs. Godzilla; Jaws vs. Deep Blue Sea; Spiderman vs. The Hulk (Already exists in comic book format); Indiana Jones vs. Lara Croft; Beetle Juice vs. Home Alone; and finally, the Marvel vs. DC comics characters, where all super heroes were born and the fight between good and evil first started, hence triggering the imagination of millions. The latter will probably be the ultimate “Vs.” film that will soon sweep the film industry.