After 'Mad Max': Should these directors revisit their original visions, too?

Posted by · 4:00 pm · May 26th, 2015

George Miller's “Mad Max: Fury Road” is tearing through theaters right now. If you haven't seen it, rectify that over the holiday weekend. It's a bold revisitation of an original vision (an original vision that itself already had plenty to offer in the way of a unique, seminal cinematic experience). So it got me thinking…

This whole premise is more or less rhetorical. Let's start by noting as much. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a special case, not least of which because Miller himself – not some random studio hire – took the reins on dragging the material into the 21st Century. And not every stunning piece of world-building should get the same treatment. Sometimes it just doesn't work. We saw that already when Ridley Scott went back to his “Alien” roots with “Prometheus.”

But nevertheless, there are a number of other original visions from fascinating filmmakers that I wouldn't mind seeing them (and only them) usher to the screen once more. I'm sure a great many in the industry will feel emboldened by what Miller has accomplished at 70 years of age. Maybe some of these directors will feel like they have something else to say in these worlds, maybe not. I'm just saying I would be willing to watch.

Check out six examples below, and offer up one or more in the comments if anything comes to mind. More importantly, enjoy the holiday.

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