Although it’s one of his many brilliant performances, Peter Sellers in The Party is not as known as it should be by far. It’s about as simple as films come and it all rests solely on the performance of Sellers as Hrundi V. Bakshi, an Indian extra who accidentally gets invited to a tremendously upscale Hollywood party instead of getting fired, and his clumsy attempts at trying to fit in. Answering the call, Sellers nails every second with ease.
Now comes word that Marco Garibaldi — a dude who directed three episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers… yeah — is building his own production company called Godfather Entertainment where he’ll make movies for much cheaper than all the other studios ($20 million-ish) and put every cent on the screen. The flagship movie of his endeavor will be a remake of the aforementioned The Party, which he feels he can make for a lot less than say, DreamWorks… because a movie about a dude at a party would require lots and lots of CGI balloons, of course. Silly people.
This movie is being called a remake, but instead of an Indian lead character, the movie will revolve around a blond-haired Midwesterner who gets made up for a role to LOOK Indian (like Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder or the puppet dude in Team America) and goes to a big Hollywood party and mingles with lots and lots of big stars making cameos that they can show in the trailer as bait.
If you recall a while back, it was rumored that this remake would be happening with Sacha Baron Cohen in the lead, which was news I felt I could cuddle with! This… this just sounds appalling. It literally sounds like this guy wants to make the cheapest movie possible, beg a bunch of stars into showing their faces in it, then trick consumers into seeing it.
I guess there’s always the real chance that this guy may throw a little miracle together and be successful. I say, move along, nothing to see here.