Lucas Talks Poseidon Adventure
The remake will be different from the first film.
Hollywood's preference for sequels and remakes over original material earns a certain amount of derision from movie buffs and critics, and perhaps much of it is deserved. Given enough years in between, no movie is safe from reinterpretation, the maritime adventure-survival film Poseidon Adventure being one more example of that trend.
But if an existing idea has room for improvement, why not improve it? Josh Lucas, who stars in Wolfgang Petersen's new Poseidon, explained to Empire Online that he felt Poseidon was an adventure worth doing over. Petersen's version won't be just a straight remake with new actors; it is, in fact, a whole new story sharing little in common with the 1972 original besides the title and basic capsized-cruise-ship premise.
"I would say it's a complete regenesis of that idea," said Lucas. "It's quite different, and I think that's one of the things that makes this particular movie ring true. The story is exactly the same story, in the sense that a cruise ship gets hit by a rogue wave and flips over, but every single character is entirely different, and the structure of the movie is very different."
Modern remakes are frequently an opportunity to show off with better special effects and larger production budgets. The new Poseidon will also benefit from advantages such as computer-generated effects and huge, lavish sets; and Lucas feels these will result in a stronger movie.
"The technology has moved on. You watch the original, and they jump over a chair like they're risking their lives, because they don't have the technology or the money in that film to do anything. But ...we're doing a lot of stuff where [we've] built these mind-blowing sets; basically huge chunks of an eight-storey cruise ship upside down. It's on hydraulics so the whole thing collapses and falls apart when you're actually on it. It's pretty spectacular."
So with all the other old films awaiting their return to the cinema, why choose The Poseidon Adventure?
"Honestly, why not remake it?" asks Lucas. "There's certain films where they're too creative to begin with, and why would you want to undercut it or put yourself in the line of fire, but I think Poseidon is a different story. Poseidon, to be honest, is a movie that can be quite a bit better than the original."
Not only is Lucas confident that there is a better Poseidon adventure waiting to be made, he also believes German director Petersen is the man to make it. And with great nautical films like Das Boot and The Perfect Storm to the director's credit, it's hard not to agree.
Poseidon is filming right now. It opens everywhere on May 4th, 2006.