In 1999, Will Smith was at the height of his popularity, and decided to saddle up with his Men In Black director, Barry Sonnenfeld, to reimagine Robert Conrad’s television version of James West for the big screen in Wild Wild West. Kevin Kline picked up the reins of Ross Martin’s Gordon, a master of gadgets and disguise, as well as filling double-duty as President Grant. The idea was to update and modernize the series concept, while infusing a hefty does of gravitas.
Ultimately, the film struggled with critics and audiences alike, and was even disavowed by the actors involved. While Will Smith brought along his winning charm and bravado, and Kevin Kline elevated each scene he partakes in, the movie just fired a blank for filmgoers. Thankfully, we’re here to right the ship and see what we can do to alter history of this steampunk original. Combining elements from the film and the TV series, it’s time to Remake Wild Wild West RIGHT!
Clips selected from Wild Wild West (1999).
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Wild Wild West starred Will Smith as Jim West – desperado – and Kevin Kline as Artemus Gordon, two eventual agents of the U.S. Secret Service who team up with the mysterious Rita (Salma Hayek) to bring down the Confederate nightmare known as Arliss Loveless (Kenneth Branagh).
What IS Remake This Movie RIGHT?
Remake This Movie RIGHT! is a bi-monthly podcast where we take a classic film that is actively being remade by Hollywood studio execs, and craft our own version for a modern retelling. Does the story need updating? Should characters or motives be tweaked? Do we need more muppets? We take all factors into account, concoct our singular film, and then offer a Final Pitch to you in movie trailer form. By the end of each episode, we will Remake This Movie RIGHT!
Our show is broken down into three distinct parts:
The Original: We discuss the original film’s impact on us and history, some quick trivia bits, what worked the best from the film and therefore must remain in our upcoming remake, as well as what didn’t work or what needs to be changed for today’s audiences. Most importantly, should this film even be remade?
The Remake: We put together our movie! What story do we want to tell, how close to the original will it be, who will star, and ultimately who should direct our eventual cinematic masterpiece? Our hosts work together to put together one cohesive movie, but there is one caveat – Each host has one ‘CUT!’ throughout the episode to employ, which could completely derail the entire film.
The Final Pitch: This is where we summarize our remake by utilizing the voice talents of voiceover artist Wayne Henderson and present our finished remake to you in movie trailer parody form!
Host | Contributor Information:
Aaron – The Hollywood Outsider | The Blacklist Exposed
Amanda Sink – Remake This Movie RIGHT!
Wayne Henderson – Media Voice-Overs | Voice-Over Journey Podcast | Packers Fan Podcast | Under the Dome Radio
Artwork by Dustin Baker – DustyGrafix
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