The Sound of the Crowd

My point (and I do have one)

Is that I have truly mixed feelings about the news that Ellen Degeneres is to star in the title role of a remake of “Oh, God.”

I like the idea on the grounds that it’s going to piss off some fundementalist christians; always a worthy goal in my book. I like and admire Degeneres, and find her very funny. I appreciate the fact that they’re clearly going in a different direction for this remake (not that there were any other George Burnses around).

But the original is one of my favorite scripts by one of my favorite writers (Larry Gelbart, rah rah rah), and one of my favorite films. So though I’ll reserve judgement till I see how this one comes out, in conception it sounds a lot like a Manchurian Candidate situation: No matter how good the film is, it probably doesn’t need to be made.


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