There is a rumour going around that Morgan Creek Entertainment plan to reboot some of the old classics as TV series or movies, like ‘Young Guns’, ‘Major League’ and… ‘Ace Ventura’! About the last one, the director of the company, David Robinson has said that: “we wanted to do a mainstream theatrical production relaunch”, which sounds very promising.
As a diehard fan of the movies, I am very excited about a possibility of a return of this iconic character. My key interest, in this case, is their strategy: How to smoothly continue the existing plot; how to develop the whole character over time and how to not ruin a legend? Robinson has stressed that the idea is not to do a straight remake but a new movie in the spirit of the original and that the current concept eyed for an Ace Ventura reboot is “a baton-handing”. Head of content Barbara Wall has said that maybe a long-lost son or daughter of Ace possibly showing up at his doorstep and taking over. This sounds very similar to the strategy that the newest version of Ghostbusters had presented, which is not exactly what I would like to see.
The idea is not to do a straight remake but a new movie in the spirit of the original
I would much prefer to see the origins of Ventura explained, with a use of a new, charismatic, young, talented lead, but still capturing this late 80s vibe, which would be so trendy right now! Despite that, their plan sounds not entirely awful. A new version of the role refreshed and adapted to the current times. But, I want the creators to learn from Ghostbuster’s mistakes. The rebooted plot needs to have a clear, logical root in the past. At the same time, it needs to feel like something new and bring something beneficial to the franchise.
I’m sure, we as the fans will ridiculously criticize, but also love it if the sequel is done properly. It’s an awfully difficult job and I’m crossing my fingers for Morgan Creek’s writers and directors.