Look, I know a lot of people on the East Coast are having Real World Problems right now due to Winter Storm Jonas. That really sucks, and having myself lived through some hurricanes that caused massive wreckage, my heart goes out to them on this Monday morning. I hope you all make it to work if you can, and if you can’t, may your power be unflagging and your internet connection without lag.
That said, I have to talk about this:
I’m not going on a tear about how this is destroying my childhood or whatever. Things change, the center cannot hold, and any thing that generates buzz is considered up for grabs for a remake. I will always have the original. And hey, Guardians of the Galaxy turned out to be a hell of a great surprise, AND they have an actual Henson involved! We shall see.
[EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that the screenwriter took to Twitter to discuss and defend the decision to go ahead with this ‘re-envisioning.’ We will see! ]
Some folks in the comments on that post have suggested gender-swapping Jareth and starring someone like Tilda Swinton (SWINTON) or Annie Lennox. Both ideas intrigue me, even if they aren’t in the spirit of the original story, which is an exploration of female burgeoning sexuality. I would also accept Janelle Monae, or time-traveling Grace Jones.
As for male performers?
I could see Tom Hiddleston pulling it off. By all accounts he can sing, as he proved in the Hank Williams Biopic, and the man can dance like whoa. Orrr…. Uh.
Yeah I got nothing. I poured my coffee into my water glass and my friend’s oatmeal exploded in the microwave, so the day isn’t off to a great start.
We COULD go the opposite direction and imagine WORST CASE scenarios…
Sorry, that was a low-blow. I’m just crabby today.
Got any suggestions for who could be the next Goblin King? Is there someone I just don’t know about?