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There are some directors in Hollywood, who, when their old films are remade, reimagined, and rebooted, handle it with aplomb and graciousness. They even give their successor recognition and praise, such as in the case of regarding the Spider-Man debacle. These people even sometimes are excited to help out with the new project and are thrilled when it does well.

is not one of those people.

In fact, the director was highly entertained when 's 2012 remake of Verhoeven's Total Recall completely flopped at the box office:

That was fun. [Because] they had been arrogant in interviews. Both the producer and Colin Farrell had been bashing the old one. [Farrell] called it kitsch.

To be honest, I'd probably have had the same exact reaction had someone used my material, sh*t on it, and then fell flat on their faces. My overdeveloped sense of schadenfreude kind of loves it, actually, especially since it's deserved.

Speaking of the Hollywood remake machine churning out old story after old story, Verhoeven's not a fan of that, either, wondering how young writers and directors can work with studios now:

[T]hey are immediately supposed to write 'Transformers 20' or something [upon arrival]. I think there might be a backlash against the let's say, the uniformity of American cinema now, which, if I asked my friends in Holland, they say, 'We don't go to these anymore. We've seen them for twenty years.'

The director certainly backs up his words, as he hasn't shot a film in the U.S. in over a decade. And while American film still dictates the pace for the rest of the world's cinematic entertainment (for the most part), there's no denying that moviemaking in Hollywood has been, shall we say...a bit lazy, at least for the last decade. While there's nothing wrong with check-your-brain-at-the-door blockbusters (I love them, myself), it would be nice to see newer voices with original ideas getting the chance to tell their stories. This is why all the original programming and storytelling are fleeing to television and other forms of digital media.

But I digress. What do you think of Verhoeven's comments? Was he in the right? Was he wrong? I'm interested to hear your opinions, Moviepilots.


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