Ladyhawke: What Makes a Film Prime Remake Material?

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Ladyhawke – What Makes a Film Prime Remake Material?

Melanie, Daniel, and Melvin talk Ladyhawke, Richard Donner’s fantasy family film featuring Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfieffer, and Matthew Broderick.


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  • Melanie specifically wanted to hear what Melvin and Dan thought of Ladyhawke. Melvin, for some reason, initially thought Ladyhawke was a wrestling movie.
  • Melvin shares his strange fixation on Matthew Broderick.
  • Melanie has been thinking about “remakes” a lot, and apart from the nostalgic joy she has with Ladyhawke, she’s been thinking about what would make for a good remake of this charismatic fantasy flick.
  • For Melvin, a remake, reboot, or sequel doesn’t necessarily need to be tied down to anything, it merely needs to be in conversation with its predecessor in some fashion. He also proposes practical, fun ideas for a theoretical remake of LadyHawke.
  • For Daniel, remakes are only interesting if they adopt ideas or messages and re-adopt them with new information. In other words, how does a political thriller change when the world changes?
  • Some movies, even as you watch them, feel like they need a remake. Melvin proposes a couple.
  • Remakes, ironically, are also very final. It declares that the old canon is over and that a new canon is being established.


Michelle Pfeiffer and Rutger Hauer in Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke is Rated PG-13. It features Matthew Broderick, Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, Leo McKern, John Wood, Ken Hutchison, and Alfred Molina. Directed by Richard Donner. Ladyhawke is available here.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!