Talkback: Seriously, Who Asked For a Mister Ed Movie?

MisterEd300.jpgGuys, it is really time that we sit down and have a long, hard discussion. I don't know which of you keeps suggesting that we continually adapt and remake the beloved TV series and films of our youth but it has got to stop... especially after hearing today's announcement that Fox 2000 is reviving the '60s talking horse series Mister Ed for the big screen.

First, the facts: On the heels (or hooves) of Fox 2000's other horse feature Flicka, the studio has picked up the rights to the Walter R. Brooks sitcom, which aired originally from 1961 to 1966. While Fox hasn't selected a writer or director, they do know that a live horse will be used and made to talk with the help of CGI technology. The project was brought to Fox by David Friendly and Jim Mahoney, who have spent a few years securing the rights to the television series from different estates.

I understand that there is an entire generation that has probably never heard of Mister Ed and thinks that the first talking animal was Babe. I get that in some ways, Mister Ed: The Movie will bridge a generational gap, and provide a welcome nostalgia rush for some of Ed's original audience. I know that talking animal movies and cute animal movies in general are easy bank. (In the past two years alone, Kung Fu Panda 2 grossed over $662 million, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel took in over $443 million and Bolt made $314 million.) Finally, I realize that beloved entities such as Mister Ed have a built-in audience. I get that at all, but if we keep greenlighting adaptations, who will be motivated to conceive a new original television series or film, that thirty, forty or fifty years down the line, Hollywood can egregiously remake?

What do you think? Is Mister Ed one remake that actually excites you? Would you buy a ticket if Clint Eastwood makes a cameo (as he did in the original series below)?

· Fox 2000 Bringing 'Mr. Ed' to the Big Screen [THR]


  • KRIS the KLINGON says:

    I think of movie producer Wolz waking up in bed, finding his hands, then body, covered in blood.
    Wolz pulls back the covers and sees the grimacing Horse Head...
    "Hiya, Wilbur!"
    Screams welcome a new day in Beverly Hills.
    A talking horse movie. Smurfs. Chipmunks. Eventually there'll be a RAT PATROL movie,
    then we can all stay home.

  • The WInchester says:

    If Eastwood voices Mr. Ed, I'll be camped out in line a week before it opens.

  • The WInchester says:

    Will also follow same course of action if horse is voiced by either Bobcat Goldthwait or Werner Herzog.

  • happygolucky says:

    What's not to look forward to -- Mr. Ed can tell us all the dirty jokes he had to muzzle back in the old days.

  • Noah James says:

    Wasn't this show already made into a movie with Viggo Mortensen as Wilbur?

  • Andy says:

    Turn it into a story where a stoner has a talking horse and maybe some people will enjoy it, but this does little to excite me, even if Clint did make a cameo.

  • Remy says:

    If Hollywood stops adapting old TV series, would it mean we'll have to do without an "I Dream of Jeannie" movie?

  • Chuck says:

    Probably won't be as funny as the "Stacy's Mom" movie