What is the obsession with remaking films that were fine in their original versions? Is it because you are too young to relate to the original actors, and want to see it with contemporary ones? Are you so shallow that you rate actors by their celebrity instead of their performance? If you think a film is good, why do you immediately want to see it remade with the "actors du jour"?
Fame & beauty don't equal talent, and popularity and spectacle don't equal quality. Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise are both famous and physically attractive, but neither one could act their way out of a wet paper bag. And the list of popular movie spectaculars that are terrible films is too numerous to mention, although Star Wars I, II, & III immediately come to mind.
"Oh Benson, dear Benson, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of intelligence."
True words (except for Scarlett Johansson)...!
I think that the film did not live up to its potential though.
So I would welcome a continuation of the Noir Fantasy idea instead of a remake of any sorts.
I think this film was a bit too tame and mainstream and could be done much better.
But it wouldn't take questionable "stars" to do the trick.
I do prefer the film as it is, but I would also prefer for it to gain a new and wider audience. And please, do not ascribe qualities to unknown others based merely upon a few sentences. After all, you wouldn't want someone to think you were a sententious git who worships at the temple of his/her own narcissism whenever you drift into cocktail party French, would you?
I like this movie and I don't think the main performances could be improved. I do, however, wish the special effects had been better. The creature effects are just no on the same level as the acting and really transport me from a steamy noir-ish horror flick to a saturday morning live action show like H.R. Puffenstuff. I wish they had just not shown the creatures if they didn't have the budget to do them right. Leave them in the shadows and give impressions - that is more consistent with noir and lovecraft anyway.
It would be nice to see that aspect of the movie improved with a budget and schedule that would allow it.