The US cable network AMC is looking backwards at old science-fiction television shows and properties to adapt and update for modern times, according to Sci Fi Wire.
“There’s a wealth of old TV shows and sci-fi movies to look back at and see if we can take them and update them and reintroduce them to the public,” Charlie Collier, general manager of the network told the Sci Fi Channel’s news service. “We are having a ton of fun looking into the acquisitions of past science fiction, both movies and television.”
With a serious morale problem beginning to set in within the science-fiction community over botched handlings of classics such as The Day The Earth Stood Still and the reprehensibly awful Flash Gordon, we have to wonder whether now is really the time to be resurrecting old favourites. Clearly inspired by the success of properties such as Battlestar Galactica, this move opens the doors for more properties to be settled in on the remake bandwagon, a process that is only serving to stifle creativity within the industry and make it even harder for original screenplays to cross the green light.
AMC is owned by Rainbow Media Holdings, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation.