Skip to comments.Remake of 'Nerds' Film Scrapped
Posted on 12/01/2006 11:14:55 AM PST by qam1
Originally scheduled to be shot at Emory, the remake of "Revenge of the Nerds," the 1984 film in which a group of bookish and socially awkward outcasts band together to fight their oppressive bullies, has been cancelled, Fox Atomic Films announced last week.
The magazine explained that filmmakers' concerns with the direction of the movie prompted the decision to cancel, but some movie bloggers blamed Emory for the shutdown.
McClurkin said the filmmakers initially proposed to the University a crew of about 100 people with three trucks of equipment.
But the filmmakers' final proposal called for about three times as many staff and equipment. He also said that filmmakers wanted to shoot during weekdays, rather than the University's suggestion to film during the weekend or during winter break. McClurkin said such logistical problems, coupled with the film's R rating, dissuaded the University from granting permission.
Mike Riley, an independent contractor who acted as location manager for the film, confirmed that Emory had never made a contract with the film producers.
"There were other issues, internal issues, with the project from the beginning that contributed to the fact that they stopped filming, and Emory was not the primary cause," he said. "It was a setback when they could not use the campus but there were other options available to them."
Riley said the original plan had been to combine shots of Emory's campus, Agnes Scott College's, and Morris Brown College's to make it look like one setting.
"What we liked most about Emory was the scale of Emory," he said. "It was larger than any of the two campuses, and it is more of what you consider a 'state' university look to it."
The filmmakers filmed for about two weeks at Agnes Scott College before the movie was cancelled.
Demetrice Williams, director of special events and conferences at Agnes Scott College wrote in an e-mail to the Wheel that the college never discussed halting production with the filmmakers.
"Some students expressed frustration with inconveniences, but a great many participated as extras and enjoyed the unusual diversion," she wrote.
McClurkin said he often gets requests from filmmakers to tour the campus to see if it is a feasible option for filming, but that very few of these requests "pan out."
McClurkin did note, however, that the Sean Penn film "Into the Wild," which had some scenes shot on campus during last year's Commencement ceremonies, has recently finished up production. The movie is set to be released in time for next year's Oscars.
The film delineates the story of former Emory graduate Chris McCandess, an ascetic naturalist who died after living several years in the wilderness.
McClurkin said several factors are taken into account when considering offers from filmmakers.
"When we get a request for a movie, we want something that is in lines with the mission and strategic plan of the University," McClurkin said. "It also has to be something that we can handle logistically."
McClurkin said the University also considers the opportunities for student involvement, the financial proposals that the filmmakers will offer and the way the film portrays the University.
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Any word on the status of the remake of The Wedding Crashers?
If what I just wrote made you sad or angry,
it was probably just a joke.
Canceled? How tragic.
I loved the original. Let's leave well enough alone, nothing could beat the original ROTN.
McCandless gained a degree of fame after Jon Krakauer wrote a book about his journey, Into the Wild, in 1995. By 2002, the abandoned bus on the Stampede Trail where Christopher's body was found had become an adventure tourist destination.  A motion picture based on and named after the book will be directed by Sean Penn and released in 2007 or 2008. Ellis Paul wrote "The Ballad of Chris McCandless", a folk song memorializing his journey.
Some Alaskans have less positive views of McCandless than those who romanticize his fate. McCandless was unaware that a hand-operated tram crossed the river a quarter mile from the Stampede Trail, while a nearby shelter was stocked with emergency supplies. Alaskan Park Ranger Peter Christian wrote:
"I am exposed continually to what I will call the McCandless Phenomenon. People, nearly always young men, come to Alaska to challenge themselves against an unforgiving wilderness landscape where convenience of access and possibility of rescue are practically nonexistent... When you consider McCandless from my perspective, you quickly see that what he did wasnt even particularly daring, just stupid, tragic and inconsiderate. First off, he spent very little time learning how to actually live in the wild. He arrived at the Stampede Trail without even a map of the area. If he had a good map he could have walked out of his predicament... Essentially, Chris McCandless committed suicide."
 Judith Kleinfeld wrote in an article entitled "McCandless: Hero or dumb jerk?" in the Anchorage Daily News, that "many Alaskans react with rage to [McCandless'] stupidity. You'd have to be a complete idiot, they say, to die of starvation in summer 20 miles off the Parks Highway." 
"Remake of 'Nerds' Film Scrapped "
so what's John Kerry gonna do with all the extra time?
The original was a classic. I'd like to direct a remake myself. Though I'd never make it an (R) movie as much as I enjoyed (to my wife's consternation) the female nudity in the original. So, OK, I'd keep that part, but as the director of the film I might have to shoot those scenes numerous times to make sure I got them just right.
Nevermind. I should have read the article more closely.
What do you get if you cross an Emory grad with a pig?
Give up yet?................................................................................................................................................. you wil get nothing as there are some things even a pig won't do.
Well, a while back Emory did turn out some great product.
LONG ago I read a book about a guy who flunked himself out of Emory's
medical school so he could join up and be a medic in WWII.
(Can't recall the name of the book).
He paid his dues in Europe and finally got re-admitted to med school when
the WWII was over.
But from what I've heard of Emory lately, it just sounds like the usual
liberal private university. Even if it's in a conservative bedrock part
of the country.
How do you get a University of michigan grad off of your front porch?
- pay him for the pizzas.
WE'VE GOT BUSH!!
Aw man. I was looking forward to 50 Cent rapping the new "Lambda Lambda" remake song.
I'm glad for two reasons..the orignal can't be topped and Kristin Cavalari was in this and I can't stand that she's famous..
Lewis: [planning the party] Do any of you have dates, besides Gilbert?
Lamar Latrell, Tri-Lam: I do!
Booger: Yeah, but that's with a guy.
Lewis: Well, what about you, Booger?
Booger: I've been out combing the High Schools all day!
I have this script....its somewhere on my computer.
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