October 7, 2014
Vijaya Prasad

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Hollywood, resist the Nostalgic impulses

As a high school student, back in the late 90’s, my friends and I discovered Cameron Crowe movies around the same time. Almost Famous is always going to have sentimental value – but it was John Cusack in Say Anything  that really made my circle of friends fall for him. Nothing says the 80’s like Cusack holding the boombox.

say-anything2Just yesterday, Deadline announced that NBC was in talks with 20th Century Fox about revamping Say Anything. According to Deadline

The 1989 movie, which marked Crowe’s directorial debut, chronicled the romance between average student Lloyd Dobler (Cusack) and valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) during the summer after their high school graduation. Set in present day, the Say Anything series was to pick up 10 years later. Lloyd has long since been dumped by Diane, and life hasn’t exactly turned out like he thought.  But when Diane surprisingly returns home, Lloyd is inspired to “dare to be great” once again, get Diane back and reboot his life.

Turns out they didn’t have Crowe’s blessing (I mean come on – the guy who knew that kickboxing was the sport of the future and was against being a slave to the man – was surely going places)- and while the studios didn’t legally need it – it didn’t help their case. Last night Crowe tweeted

Regarding the announcement of a “Say Anything” tv show…@JohnCusack@IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement…except in trying to stop it.

I’m all for sentimentality – and nostalgia.I even think that rebooting stories that have been told well before can be retold ( the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Romeo and Juliet? anytime the Friends or Scrubs cast reunites on a different show? enough said). But there are things you (and by you I mean Hollywood ) shouldn’t mess with. But not having the director’s blessing  –  that was enough to kill the plan. As of earlier this afternoon, the Say Anything series is officially not going forward. 

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