The original Legend was far from Legendary, but the cult film deserves a remake!

In my humble opinion:  Ridley Scott seems to be on a nostalgia kick as of late; the Alien prequel Prometheus and the rumors that he is planning either a prequel or sequel to Blade Runner.  I would like to request that Mr. Scott also take a look at another one of his films (one of my favorite…but more on that in a minute).  The movie Legend was not one of his more successful films by any means, but over the years has developed a cult following and warrants some updating.

If you haven’t seen it, the plot follows a young forest dweller named Jack (played by a Peter Pan dressed Tom Cruise) who is madly in love with a beautiful girl named Lilly (played by Mia Sara).  One day, in order to impress Lilly, Jack takes her to see the majestic Unicorns (which are the guardians of light).  Unfortunately, Lilly can’t help but approach and touch one of the Unicorns…a big no no.  This is all happening while the Lord of Darkness (masterfully played by Tim Curry) is plotting to kill the unicorns which would result in the land being cast into eternal darkness….adventure ensues.

I won’t give away the ending to those that haven’t seen it…The movie itself was, I will admit, a little corny (I still don’t understand the random bubbles in the forest) but still had entertainment value.  As I said earlier it’s one of my favorite movies for reasons I can’t really explain (believe me I get shit all the time for it too)  Ridley Scott relied more on make-up and actual set design than special effects in order to move the story forward which is something that’s rarely seen nowadays.  The plot was simple yet compelling; good vs. evil, light vs. dark, love vs. hate.  Personally, if Ridley Scott is re-visiting his old stomping ground…he needs to mosey on over and remake Legend.  Casting should be as follows:

Josh Hutcherson  = Jack

Sarah Hyland (Modern Family)  = Lilly

Michael Sheen = Lord of Darkness

5 Comments on “The original Legend was far from Legendary, but the cult film deserves a remake!”

  1. Sean says:

    Guess I’ll be the first to leave a comment….just so I feel better about my post 🙂

  2. Andrew says:

    I agree, 100%. If Scott is going to try to salvage the Alien series, then remaking Legend is a damned good Idea as well. Although, I do like the reboot without the Tangerene Dream score.

  3. Sabrina says:

    With all do respect….but no. I think they should leave this movie alone. I am huge fan of the original and would be horribly disappointed if they screw this up, which i’m sure they will. The movie was meant to be on an epic scale like Lord of the Rings…but production costs and lack of special effects technology really limited Ridley from truly making this movie the way it was meant to be. The movie was simplistic in its story as it was meant to be. He wanted a traditional fairy tale but with a dark more adult atmosphere. Which i believe he achieved perfectly. I would HATE for it to be remade like so many many movies nowadays like Hansel and Gretel, The Grimm Brothers, Van Helsing. Special effects are getting better but acting and story line is getting worse. They should leave well enough alone. Leave this movie with their perfectly content cult following. And i’m sorry but your recasting so far is less than ideal. Foreshadowing how this can go extremely wrong if it is left to production companies only interested in making a blockbuster.

    • I may have let my love for the original movie cloud my judgement when I suggested a remake haha. Come to think of it, I think you’ve given me an idea for a future post, What remake is actually better than the original…not too many spring to mind..research time. The one casting suggestion I made (even though looking back a remake probably isn’t a good thing) I will defend is Michael Sheen…I think he is a new generation’s Tim Curry. Thanks for your comment, great points! All opinions are welcome.

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