Man, this is just weird. Not one, but two Brian DePalma movies in some status of remake, neither of them the kinds of movies that really needed to be remade.
Granted, Douglas Buck’s retelling of Sisters is one I’m actually looking forward to, but this morning Variety announced that MGM is working on their own line of direct-to-DVD horrors and 1980’s Dressed to Kill is first on the block. At least the other companies going the theater-free route are doing sequels, not full-on remakes.
Newcomer Rick Alexander is penning the redux, though nothing was mentioned about what might be different, if anything. The original had Michael Caine and Angie Dickinson, among others, in a story about a transsexual who murders one of his psychiatrist’s patients, a crime witnessed by a prostitute that is now in his sights.
The biggest issue is that there’s really nothing about Dressed to Kill that needs to be updated; indeed, DePalma was in top form when he directed the film and I get a feeling that any attempt to recreate it might be too… vanilla. Time will tell!
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