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Sirius Satellite Radio Show DJ Howard Stern has been busy working on a remake of the cult teen comedy film Porkyâ€™s. After a week off from his radio show last week, Stern has announced that the film is â€œready to go.â€
â€œThey say itâ€™s all greenlit and everything, ready to go. They say they can even start shooting in October, but I donâ€™t know if thatâ€™s true. It seemed like a fun project, which it is.â€
In 2002, it was announced that Howard Stern was going to launch a series of movies which would carry the â€œHoward Stern Presentsâ€ logo. These movies were going to start with remakes of both Porkyâ€™s and Rock â€˜Nâ€™ Roll High School. Filming on Porkyâ€™s was meant to start filming in the summer of 2003, but the project went into a serious lull in development and people started to believe that the project was no more.
Stern insists this wasnâ€™t the case,
â€œWe got two scripts that were developed simultaneously kind of. Oneâ€™s a rewrite of a rewrite of a script that we did - that I didnâ€™t do, but I was sort of in on. Itâ€™s coming along pretty funny,â€ said Stern. â€œWeâ€™re going to combo them now because thereâ€™s funny jokes in both and you have to figure out which is better for the movie. And I obsess on shit too because you want it to be good.â€
We donâ€™t know who is writing the script although in 2005 it was reported that there were 8 drafts, the number must have risen by now!
Films like SuperBad and American Pie have given R-Rated teen comedies a new lease of life and it is argues that Porkyâ€™s was the original in this genre. It would be good to see the original come back and, if done well, show the other films how itâ€™s done.The original 1982 film was directed by the late Bob Clark and followed the escapades of a group of teenagers at the fictional Angel Beach High School in Florida in 1954.