I often defend the originality in film when people say that EVERY film is a remake (you just notice those – there are more original films but you just don’t see them advertised as much) but then Fox goes and does something like this that really doesn’t help my cause.
It seems they are taking the premise of the Jolie and Pitt action film Mr and Mrs Smith and re-envisioning it as Mr and Mrs Jones… and rebooting the movie.
The site also reports that the new film will be titled Mr. and Mrs. Jones and will not feature the original film’s stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (duh!). This new film will revolve around a younger couple who are set up as a fake husband and wife when they complete their agency training. Slightly different from the 2005 film as it centered on a dull married couple who both lead double lives as assassins without either of them knowing their spouse’s true profession until they are caught up on the same mission.
Reboot? Hardly, this is like the Cruel Intentions sequel or The Skulls sequel. Its a RE-HASHING. Tweaking small parts of the plot and refilming the same movie is hardly a reboot. When the story is this close to its predacessor, its just silly to try and candy coat it with “re-imagining” when they pitch it as basically the same movie. If they manage to pull out something original from the concept, then it might be worth a watch, but it sounds like the same film again.
Apparently the motivation for this recycled film is to “revisit a popular title without the high-priced talent, going with younger, more cost-efficient stars”
And there it is. Like any sequel or reboot (or any film for that matter). Its a cash grab. I predict Direct-To-DVD.