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05 June 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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Director John Moore hasn't had a great run of luck in Hollywood of late. Since the success of thriller Behind Enemy Lines, he's given us less-than-totally-successful remakes of Flight of the Phoenix and The Omen. And now, having just finished production on the upcoming Max Payne, he's returning to the world of remakes with the news that he'll direct a remake of 70s space-conspiracy thriller Capricorn One.

The original starred Elliot Gould, James Brolin and OJ Simpson as astronauts forced to fake a mission to Mars when their original mission is scrubbed just hours before launch. This one will have the same plot, but this is an "updated" and "reimagined" version of the story, from Che screenwriter Peter Buchman.

Incidentally, fact fans, the original was said to be inspired by that old chestnut about the Apollo missions being faked. As one of the Apollo astronauts interviewed in In The Shadow of the Moon noted, "we went to the Moon nine times. Why would we fake it nine times?"

It's an intriguing prospect, and while Moore hasn't had the best run of luck recently he's one of Hollywood's best casual swearers so deserves the benefit of the doubt. But let's see if we can help him out with casting suggestions: I'm going to go with the obvious and suggest Josh Brolin for James Brolin, and Jessica Simpson for OJ Simpson to get you started...


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John Moore is a complete hack and this will be his hat-trick of appalling remakes.  More

Posted by mackey at 21:54 on 07 June 2008 | Report This Post

This will fail without OJ. More

Posted by John Firth at 19:37 on 06 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: John Moore To Remake Capricorn One
Coolio.  Loved the original, watched it last year, and I was literally in tears at the ending.  I never have a problem with remakes.  If it works ... brilliant!  If it doesnt, well, there'll still be the oirginal. More

Posted by ray pye at 16:16 on 06 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: John Moore To Remake Capricorn One
Why dont they just let Hyams Direct it ? Really though i love the original (Take a bow Jerry Goldsmiths score)   I bet we get OJ and Gould Cameos'(]   What next Outland starring Gerad Butler .............hang on   More

Posted by filmburner30 at 15:51 on 06 June 2008 | Report This Post

The Omen remake was a pointless exercise and an insult to movie fans of the original. But Cap One is ripe for a remake as long as they use Jerry Goldsmith's incredible main theme!!! More

Posted by Gold Digger at 14:44 on 06 June 2008 | Report This Post

Sadly I have the dubious honour of hailing from the same town as this big fat sack of no-talent. Other things that have come from that town? The fecking Corrs!! What a shit hole... More

Posted by Gabriel at 00:53 on 06 June 2008 | Report This Post

Capricorn One should indeed be remade
The original is a brilliant movie partially spoiled by absurdity, to whit: the multiple half-assed assassination attempts on Elliot Gould, after which they give up and put drugs in his house. But as long as they have those bastard-scary helicopters, I'll be happy. More

Posted by friendlyfire at 21:32 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: No imagination
I think I'd have been happier with a better director doing the remake, but it's good that it'll bring some attention to the underrated original. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 21:18 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

No imagination
Is John Moore a boring person who has no imagination of his own! I thought the obvious choice for OJ's role would be Homer J Simpson. Homer having to struggle to overcome thirst and hunger in the desert would be a gripping story plus he would add authenticity considering he is a trained astronaut and has already been to space. Elliot Gould was actually the journalist & the 3rd astronaut was Sam Waterston, therefore, Dennis Waterman would be an ideal replacement. It means Moore has someon More

Posted by bungle2403 at 17:57 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

A fine film
The original is a fine film. why don't they just come up with an original idea instead. Or would that be too much effort? More

Posted by sanchia at 17:22 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

can't this guy just F off.
there is only one Flight of the Phoenix More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 15:54 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

this guys head looks like a giant scrotum with eyes, he should team up with brett ratner and make a film about themselves called "THE SCROTUMFACE TWINS". More

Posted by ernest at 15:08 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

Gould played the reporter on the trail of the conspiracy, not one of the astronauts pulling the fakey. More

Posted by thechair at 12:43 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

How creative - John Moore's doing a remake! Rejoice! Capricorn One was a perfectly adequate film and probably the highlight of Peter Hyams' career - so why should anyone remake it? I found the idea of a Pelham 123 rehash even worse, since I like that movie better, but Tony Scott will surely bring something new to it. I might not like it, but he definitely isn't going to reshoot the original frame-by-frame. But what exactly has Moore brought to his remakes? More

Posted by Manfrendshensindshen at 11:55 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

Just because you have a beard…
doesn´t make you a great director. Daily dose of Hollywood remake news: check. More

Posted by RoboMan24 at 11:51 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Stop the pointless 'reimaginings'
Just because... http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=1729976& mpage=1&key=Capricorn&NID=0#1729976 More

Posted by Paxton at 11:20 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

Stop the pointless 'reimaginings'
Capricorn One and The Taking of Pelham 123 are two of my favourites films from the 70's, both of which are now being remade. As Janath says, character (and story) ruled. What are the new versions going to add? Flashy camera angles? Product placement? Either way, i can envisage them being completely souless affairs. I watched these films on TV as a kid and they worked well enough for me then becuase they were well written and had adults acting in adult roles. I'm fed up of the notion that to brin More

Posted by wolverines claw at 10:43 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

???
i dont even nknow why im on here other than the fact that im brutally hungover and i thought this was something about my star sign...the movie is quality though and im lookin forward to the re-make. they should keep it all male though... im not sexist, i just think it would be better...im off for more coffee. ciao More

Posted by marty_mcfly84 at 10:41 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

Henry Thomas in Elliot Gould's role, as it's the second time he'll have played an Elliot (sorry) More

Posted by britesparc at 09:07 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

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The original is in my top ten favs. of all time so im more than a little interested . Like he did with his remake of "Phoenix" - which i enjoyed - he will probably make one of the main characters Female cos "Cap. 1" like the original of "Phoenix" barely has a Woman in sight . This of course will be an obvious and welcome update . The original "Cap 1" features - near the end - some terrific aeriel sequences . Which have to be some of the best ever filmed in that or any type of movie . They wil More

Posted by Beno at 09:04 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

Hollywood is eating itself...
I adore Capricorn One. I remember catching this late one night as a kid and being blown away. Don't forget Telly Savalas' turn as the crop sprayer. This was back in the day when character ruled; check out the almost throwaway flirting of Gould to a fellow reporter. I just hope they keep the small black helicopters in it. And give Hal Holbrook a role, or a cameo at the very least. But it will be crap. We all know that. Go watch the original - it's a hidden gem. More

Posted by Janath at 09:01 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

uh...
WASTE OF MONEY! This will be average at very best. The original was classic, so just leave it alone. Yet ANOTHER remake. Give it up Hollywood pleeeeeeeaaasseee... More

Posted by breakism at 08:52 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

john moore... harry knowles long lost brother... More

Posted by darioattanasio at 08:27 on 05 June 2008 | Report This Post

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