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SO WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SOYLENT GREEN REMAKE?
http://www.scifimoviepage.com ^ | 10-10-2011 | Staff

Posted on 10/10/2011 10:41:52 AM PDT by Red Badger

A remake of Soylent Green, the cheesy yet cheerfully pessimistic ‘Seventies science fiction movie starring Charlton Heston, has been rumored for ages now . . .

Some background: Soylent Green is a 1973 science fiction movie that starred then box-office champ Charlton Heston. Considering that the two other science fiction movies Charlton Heston starred in during his long career have already been “remade” (Planet of the Apes by Tim Burton in 2001 and The Omega Man as I Am Legend starring Will Smith), then it should maybe come as no surprise that Hollywood would want to remake Soylent Green as well.

The ‘Seventies saw the rise of the Ecological movement. In the late-1960s issues such as overpopulation, the destruction of the rain forest and pollution amongst others may have only been of concern to a bunch of tree-hugging hippies, but in the 1970s these issues went mainstream. In time these concerns were also reflected in several Hollywood movies of the era such as Z.P.G. (1972) and Silent Running (also 1972) – several decades before WALL-E!

Reeling from the shock of Vietnam and Watergate, the ‘Seventies was the time to feel shitty about the future. That decade’s Hollywood output become infamous for its cynicism and unhappy endings, a trend which was only reversed when a certain small movie named Star Wars quenched the viewing public’s insatiable thirst for happy endings . . .

Since then Hollywood hasn’t really stopped with the happy ending business, and it is therefore weird that they would want to remake Soylent Green – a darkly pessimistic film with a trademarked ‘Seventies unhappy ending.

Soylent Green is set in 2022, a future dystopia in which the planet is plagued by overcrowding, pollution and resource depletion. To cope with the problem the government has set up euthanasia centres for the elderly where they can watch stock footage of the now extinct forests and animals as self-administered poison slowly course through their veins.

[SPOILERS!] The only foodstuff available in mass quantities is “Soylent Green,” tasteless green cubes which the government says are made of plankton. Of course it isn’t made of plankton: as everyone knows by now “Soylent Green is people!” It seems that the government has found a non-wasteful way to recycle all those depressed pensioners who frequent the euthanasia centers! In the movie Charlton Heston plays a cop who inadvertently uncovers the truth and dies at the end, trying to tell the people the truth.

The movie is based on a 1966 science fiction novel titled Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. Today Soylent Green may be fondly remembered by science fiction fans in part because movies became dumber in the decades that followed. The reality though is that Soylent Green gives new meaning to the phrase “loosely based on”. In the novel Soylent Green wasn’t people at all - it really was seaweed.

Yup, even back then Hollywood sensationalised and dumbed the material down. (When one thinks about it, the “Soylent Green is people” twist is pretty dumb because it’d be impossible to keep the truth behind the world’s most common foodstuff secret for longer than a day!)

The first news of a Soylent Green remake surfaced in 2004. Back then David Goyer, who wrote Batman Begins and directed Blade: Trinity told SCI FI Wire that the planned movie would be more of a sequel than a remake. Instead it will pick up where the original film left off.

“I will say that the reveal at the end of the first movie happened at the end of our first act. So the first movie is kind of the first act of our film, and then it’s about what happens afterwards,” Goyer said. As he pointed out in the same interview, you can’t have the “Soylent Green is people” the punch line anymore because everybody knows it by now! [END SPOILERS!]

The plan was that Goyer wouldn’t write or direct the remake / sequel, but only produce it under his then just-signed one-year first-look deal with Warner Brothers.

Fast forward to 2008. Obviously no Soylent Green remake as yet. But in December of that year a news item surfaces in The Hollywood Reporter that Dan McDermott has been hired by Warner Bros to write an adaptation of the novel on assignment - something he must do before the rights to the story reverts back to Harrison.

McDermott is a former head of DreamWorks Television who has slowly gravitated to screenwriting and co-wrote Eagle Eye. According to the same reports he was also working on remaking Romancing the Stone at that time. (David S. Goyer was also no longer attached to the project it seems.)

Since then . . . nothing. There is a 2012 release date for this film right now, so Hollywood doesn’t seem to be in too much of a hurry to get it made. Hopefully they’ll lose interest altogether because one can just imagine how Michael Bay turns it into an ADD action movie in which Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his movie comeback blowing away the corrupt scheming government officials behind the indubitably socialist Soylent Green feeding project, Democrats every last one of them no doubt!


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1 posted on 10/10/2011 10:41:59 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger
SO WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SOYLENT GREEN REMAKE?

It's now a reality show sponsored by ZeroCare.
2 posted on 10/10/2011 10:45:56 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Red Badger
SO WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SOYLENT GREEN REMAKE?

They ate the actors. Subsequent auditions went badly.

3 posted on 10/10/2011 10:48:44 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Moose Allert!!!! Get some sleeves!)
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To: algernonpj
Yes, we are indeed living this "movie".

Scene from Occupy-* (*=financial district near YOU)...


4 posted on 10/10/2011 10:52:13 AM PDT by C210N
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To: Red Badger

No need for a remake....it’s now the reality show that surrounds you.


5 posted on 10/10/2011 10:52:50 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: Red Badger

It was not all soylent green. Each day was a different soylent color, red, yellow, orange etc.

It just so happened heston’s character was revealing on soylent green day.


6 posted on 10/10/2011 10:55:31 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red Badger
When one thinks about it, the “Soylent Green is people” twist is pretty dumb because it’d be impossible to keep the truth behind the world’s most common foodstuff secret for longer than a day!...

Definitely NOT so! That zer0 is a Marxist Chavez-wannabe is still "secret", according to Rasmussen, to about 44% of the population, is perfect proof that this kind of "secret" can be kept for quite a LONG time. All it takes is compliant media and a population of drones.

7 posted on 10/10/2011 10:56:02 AM PDT by C210N
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To: Red Badger
When one thinks about it, the “Soylent Green is people” twist is pretty dumb because it’d be impossible to keep the truth behind the world’s most common foodstuff secret for longer than a day!...

Definitely NOT so! That zer0 is a Marxist Chavez-wannabe is still "secret", according to Rasmussen, to about 44% of the population, is perfect proof that this kind of "secret" can be kept for quite a LONG time. All it takes is compliant media and a population of drones.

8 posted on 10/10/2011 10:56:15 AM PDT by C210N
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To: Red Badger
SO WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE SOYLENT GREEN REMAKE?

I have no idea, but the buffet run by craft services on its set was delicious. By the way, the gaffer hasn't been around for a couple days. Does anyone know where he ran off too?

9 posted on 10/10/2011 11:00:25 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Compare "Delay is preferable to error" - Thomas Jefferson // "Pass this bill now!" - Barack Obama)
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To: Red Badger

I heard a rumor that Soylent Green was made out of people.


10 posted on 10/10/2011 11:03:00 AM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Red Badger

The younger generation didn’t know it was supposed to be sci-fi.


11 posted on 10/10/2011 11:06:16 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: Red Badger

here’s a suggestion for hollywood. in order to maximize profits they should concentrate on original new ideas, instead of re-hashing the same old crap. also maybe not having us portrayed as the bad guys all the time as well might make us more inclined to spend our disposable income with you.


12 posted on 10/10/2011 11:07:49 AM PDT by Jeff Vader
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13 posted on 10/10/2011 11:08:08 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Red Badger

14 posted on 10/10/2011 11:09:33 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama's secret: "Once you learn to fake sincerity you've got it made")
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To: Red Badger

Instead of pensioners, how about making Soylent Green out of young people, especially recent college graduates?

Bound to be tastier than using old folks and besides the ongoing demonstrations prove that the younger generation has no future and this would be an ennobling use of their otherwise useless existences. /s

;^)


15 posted on 10/10/2011 11:14:52 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: algernonpj

LOL! That was what I was going to post! Zero’s answer to his manufactured hunger problem!


16 posted on 10/10/2011 11:24:48 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: elcid1970

Since they never work and are normally indolent in front of a computer screen in Mom’s and Dad’s basement I bet they’d taste just like veal.


17 posted on 10/10/2011 11:29:30 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Red Badger

When one thinks about it, the “Soylent Green is people” twist is pretty dumb because it’d be impossible to keep the truth behind the world’s most common foodstuff secret for longer than a day!


LOL... Do you really know what all is in your sausage?


18 posted on 10/10/2011 11:31:20 AM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: Red Badger

Michael Moore bought the rights and ate the cast and crew.


19 posted on 10/10/2011 11:36:12 AM PDT by RichInOC (Sarah Palin is at war with the left. Most Freepers are just playing the video game.)
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To: elcid1970

“...how about making Soylent Green out of young people, especially recent college graduates?”

Well, it is the young that offers a better source for the harvesting of critical organs. I need a new heart, lungs and a new pancreas.

It is reported that humans taste like pork. Breakfast sausage can be expensive, so it can’t be all that bad.


20 posted on 10/10/2011 11:40:49 AM PDT by Gator113 (~ Just livin' life~)
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To: Red Badger

When one thinks about it, the “Soylent Green is people” twist is pretty dumb because it’d be impossible to keep the truth behind the world’s most common foodstuff secret for longer than a day!...

There’s a reason everything tastes like chicken...


21 posted on 10/10/2011 11:44:54 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Gator113

“Do you really know what all is in your sausage?”

I do. You have nothing to worry about. The “You don’t want to see sausage made” meme shows a lack of knowledge about the industry. I know what goes into them and much of it is better than you can buy at the grocery store.


22 posted on 10/10/2011 12:23:37 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Dubh_Ghlase
LOL! That was what I was going to post! Zero’s answer to his manufactured hunger problem!

LOL Two great minds!
23 posted on 10/10/2011 12:35:32 PM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Red Badger
Soylent Green, hell....when is "National Treasure III" coming out???

I just gotta find out what was on page 47 of the President's book!!!

24 posted on 10/10/2011 12:38:50 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: Gator113
It is reported that humans taste like pork

"Well...not too bad actually, kinda tasted like chicken!" (James Reed, the Donner Party, 1847)

LOL!!!

25 posted on 10/10/2011 12:46:18 PM PDT by Logic n' Reason (N/A)
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To: Red Badger

Harry Harrison is hilarious. I’ve read a lot of his books.. mostly the Stainless Steel Rat books. I’ve never read the book soylent green came from or watched the movie. For those that have read the book, did it have the same kind of humor as SSR or was it different?


27 posted on 10/10/2011 3:23:12 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: katana

This would probably be more like it LOL..
I wish I could find a better clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsK0pwKvwFA


28 posted on 10/10/2011 3:30:29 PM PDT by Trillian
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To: buffaloguy
The “You don’t want to see sausage made” meme shows a lack of knowledge about the industry. I know what goes into them and much of it is better than you can buy at the grocery store.

There's sausage, then there's stuffed casings called sausage.

The meme refers to the latter; it is highly spiced for a reason. The former is what I make.

29 posted on 10/10/2011 3:32:08 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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