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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM

A new “Same Time Next Year”?

As remake ideas go, this isn’t the worst I’ve seen: Universal Pictures is planning a new version of “Same Time Next Year,” the 1978 romantic comedy in which Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, both married to other people, met once a year at a romantic California coast getaway. Mark and Jay Duplass, the brother writing/directing team who most recently made “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” are in negotiations to write the screenplay (the original was written by Bernard Slade, based on his play) and possibly direct. No word on whether it’ll take place in the same location: the former Heritage House inn in Little River (just south of Mendocino), which opened in 1947 and closed in 2008 after financial and legal problems, but is apparently reopening. (Why am I going into all this detail about the inn? Because I stayed there once, years ago. It was lovely.)
In other remake news: Joel Kinnaman (“The Killing,” and don’t get me started on that) will star in the new version of “Robocop,” with Hugh Laurie as the villain (ooh); Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson are also cast. And the “Dirty Dancing” remake, which does not seem like a good idea, has been pushed out to 2014. Apparently somebody does put Baby in a corner.

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