That Wailing Screaming Noise You Heard Was Me...

...because when I read this news about a planned remake of Time Bandits as a family-friendly action franchise, I literally wailed "NOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

If you're not familiar with Time Bandits, here's the short version. There's this kid, Kevin, who is wakened one night by a troop of little people who come tumbling out of his closet. Turns out they're time travelers who work for the Supreme Being and have stolen a treasure map from him. They're hiding from a rather upset God and are also trying to avoid a showdown with Evil (David Warner). The film is a time traveling heist film in which Kevin encounters Napoleon (played by Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese), and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery). The film was written by Monty Python's Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam, and was directed by Gilliam. It's a dark, twisted, funny, scary, amazing film. I freaking LOVED this film as a kid - and watched it recently and was kinda shocked that my mom let me watch it so often when I was young. And she wonders why I have such a weird sense of humor?

Watering it down and making it "family friendly" (which in my mind is code for "lame") does it a complete disservice. And a franchise? Really? UGH.

Any other Time Bandits fans out there? Was anyone else kinda freaked out by the ending? I mean, it's kinda messed up right?


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