CUBE set for a remake

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Cube is a fantastic movie, a searing study of the human condition and how our personal prejudices can often stop us from seeing the forest for the trees. It was a pick on my column and remains much-adored by many fans. Despite a very low budget, the movie about a group of people trapped inside a series of connected cubical rooms brought its point across masterfully. That was nearly twenty years ago, though, and someone has decided a remake is a good idea.

Saman Kesh, the up-and-coming director who caught the town’s attention with his short Controller, is attached to direct Cubed, a re-imagining of the movie. Roy Lee is producing along with Jon Spaihts, best known as the co-writer of Prometheus and the in-development Chris Pratt-Jennifer Lawrence sci-fi drama Passengers. Using the original setup of seven strangers trapped in a giant cube-like structure, Cubed is described as a sci-fi survival thriller about artificial intelligence, humanity and the birth of a new “digital” race.

That last bit bothers me. The beauty of Cube was its simplicity and how it used straight-forward characters and scenarios to twist the narrative. In another time and place Cube would have been a forebear of Saw: a horror world where characters are faced with deadly puzzles in order to survive. But it cut much deeper and is a psychological masterpiece. Sadly the two sequels failed because they added too much extra substance and money. I’m a fan of the idea that some movies are made by their limitations and Cube is one of those movies. Once the series got a bit richer in terms of ideas and money, it started to fail badly.

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Besides, there is no reason to reinvent Cube. Just remake it with the original’s premise. But I suspect Lionsgate is hoping for a larger horror franchise and will cannibalise the bones of the original to make that happen. On the other hand, I like Kesh’s style – as can be seen in his short movie below.

CONTROLLER (控制者) from Saman Kesh on Vimeo.

So, yes? No? Couldn’t care?

Last Updated: May 4, 2015

James

A total movie glutton, nothing is too bad or too obscure to watch, unless it's something like The Human Centipede. If you enjoyed that, there is something wrong with you. But bless you anyway - even video nasties need love...

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