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Cusack and Crowe will Say Anything to stop TV sequel

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Dust off your boom boxes and break out those D cell batteries. According to reports from the industry website Deadline.com, NBC and 20th Century Fox are developing a follow-up TV series based on 1989 smash film Say Anything.

Reports say the show would be set in the present day, picking up the story ten years later where "Lloyd has long since been dumped by Diane and life hasn't exactly turned out like he thought. But when Diane surprisingly returns home, Lloyd is inspired to 'dare to be great' once again."

But don't start blasting those cassette tapes of In Your Eyes just yet. Say Anything director Cameron Crowe responded to the news quickly, blasting the concept on Twitter.

While John Cusack, who has never been able to fully escape the shadow cast by his role as the trenchcoat-wearing romeo, Lloyd Dobler, didn't mince words:

Following Cusack's outburst there are fresh reports the backlash may have put the brakes on the project.

[UPDATE:  Reports now saying NBC has decided not to continue developing the series.]

But look around and you can see Say Anything is just the latest in a wave of remixed/reborn reruns. About a Boy is back on TV. Murder She Wrote was supposedly in production against Angela Lansbury's wishes. Dwayne Johnson is squeezing into the red trunks for Baywatch (the movie) and David Lynch is going back for another round artful weirdness with Twin Peaks.

Nostagia just ain't what it used to be. While La La Land has always reached into its back catalogue for inspiration (think of Happy Days or M*A*S*H*) it seems the window between the past and present is shorter than ever.

Maybe A.O. Scott's recent essay "The Death of Adulthood in American Culture" got it right. It seems like the Eighties never ended, at least in he minds of certain Hollywood execs. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to my MacGyver remake. I'm thinking Ed Norton with Guy Ritchie to direct. Call me?

What do you think about the recent wave of remakes and sequels? Is there a favourite film or TV series you'd like to see resurrected?

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