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Remake of 'Nerds' Film Scrapped
The Emory Wheel ^ | 12/1/06 | Stephen Benz

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.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: genx; nerds; nonewideas; revengeofthenerds
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1 posted on 12/01/2006 11:14:57 AM PST by qam1
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To: qam1; ItsOurTimeNow; PresbyRev; tortoise; Fraulein; StoneColdGOP; Clemenza; m18436572; ...
I see Hollywood has run out of ideas to even think of doing a remake of this classic

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2 posted on 12/01/2006 11:18:47 AM PST by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: qam1

Any word on the status of the remake of The Wedding Crashers?

Owl_Eagle

If what I just wrote made you sad or angry,
it was probably just a joke.


3 posted on 12/01/2006 11:21:29 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: qam1

Canceled? How tragic.


4 posted on 12/01/2006 11:25:27 AM PST by Dumb_Ox (http://kevinjjones.blogspot.com)
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To: qam1

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

I loved the original. Let's leave well enough alone, nothing could beat the original ROTN.


5 posted on 12/01/2006 11:26:16 AM PST by RockinRight (There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos.)
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To: qam1
A perfect role for Sean Penn....

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. [2] 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 wasn’t 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."

[3] 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." [4]

6 posted on 12/01/2006 11:32:46 AM PST by digger48
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To: qam1

"Remake of 'Nerds' Film Scrapped "


so what's John Kerry gonna do with all the extra time?


7 posted on 12/01/2006 11:33:08 AM PST by JewishRighter
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To: qam1

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.


8 posted on 12/01/2006 11:51:17 AM PST by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: digger48

?????


9 posted on 12/01/2006 11:53:09 AM PST by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: Huntress; digger48

Nevermind. I should have read the article more closely.


10 posted on 12/01/2006 11:54:33 AM PST by Huntress (Proud owner of Norman/Norma, the transsexual attack cat.)
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To: digger48
You'd have to be a complete idiot, they say, to die of starvation in
summer 20 miles off the Parks Highway." [4]


Or a dopey graduate of an elite private university.

But there I go again, being repetitive.

(and laughing as I did grad. from a private U.)
11 posted on 12/01/2006 12:03:40 PM PST by VOA
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To: VOA

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.


12 posted on 12/01/2006 12:53:50 PM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: geezerwheezer

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.


13 posted on 12/01/2006 1:00:29 PM PST by VOA
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To: geezerwheezer

Good one!

How do you get a University of michigan grad off of your front porch?





- pay him for the pizzas.


14 posted on 12/01/2006 1:00:48 PM PST by WhiteGuy (GO BUCKS 12-0)
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To: MarineBrat; Owl_Eagle
We've got bush...

WE'VE GOT BUSH!!

15 posted on 12/01/2006 1:19:08 PM PST by TheBigB (Do you think "Lady in the Water" is in Ted Kennedy's NetFlix queue?)
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To: TheBigB

pan down...


16 posted on 12/01/2006 1:20:35 PM PST by cicero's_son
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To: qam1

Aw man. I was looking forward to 50 Cent rapping the new "Lambda Lambda" remake song.


17 posted on 12/01/2006 1:23:22 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: qam1

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..


18 posted on 12/01/2006 1:25:52 PM PST by pesto
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To: TheBigB

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!


19 posted on 12/01/2006 1:33:34 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: qam1

I have this script....its somewhere on my computer.


20 posted on 12/01/2006 1:56:18 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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