Exclusive: Shane West explains why he doesn’t want a reboot of A Walk to Remember, saying Hollywood shouldn’t mess with something that’s already good.
Shane West explains why he doesn’t want to An unforgettable walk to restart. West is an American actor, singer, and songwriter, best known for his roles as Landon Carter in An unforgettable walkBatman villain Bane in GothamTom Sawyer in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemenand Michael in Nikita. In addition to his acting career, West currently sings for punk/rock band The Twilight Creeps.
Prior to An unforgettable walkWest played the lead role of Eli Sammler on ABC Once again, but it was Landon Carter’s role that really thrust him into the limelight and won him a Teen Choice Award. The coming-of-age romantic drama film premiered in 2002 and starred West, Mandy Moore, Peter Coyote and Daryl Hannah. An unforgettable walk follows Carter (West), a rebellious high school student who unexpectedly falls in love with the Baptist minister’s daughter, Jamie Sullivan (Moore).
Screen Rant had the opportunity to sit down with West to promote his new film foreigners, which is out in theaters and on VOD. During the conversation, West shares his thoughts on a potential An unforgettable walk to restart. When asked who might play Carter in a remake movie, West says he had no idea and reveals he’s personally not a big fan of reboots – especially if they remake something. which was already good. Check out his full quote below:
No idea. I would leave that to the production team. […] I’m not the biggest fan of reboots. There are some that really work. But I think the weirdest thing is rebooting movies that were already great, or already good, or already successful. I feel like there’s something missing in this whole reboot, why not take something that wasn’t very good, and [make] it’s better? We don’t really tend to do that for a lot of things. But you know, we can’t really do a sequel with this movie, because it would be awkward. But I think it might make a little more sense to write a new love story, new characters. That’s what I feel. […] By the way, if they did, I would absolutely go see it and support it, that’s for sure. It’s not a negative thing. It’s more like “I believe there are other ideas out there.”
West’s feelings toward the reboots are certainly understandable. While one always loves to see a new twist on a classic movie, such remakes aren’t always necessary. West argues that reboots should take something that was bad and make it good, and he’s right that it doesn’t often happen that way, with few films failing and getting a second chance. However, a reboot would be the only real way to bring back An unforgettable walk, because a sequel just wouldn’t work. Considering the movie explored Sullivan’s leukemia diagnosis and eventual death, a sequel would definitely be very awkward. Regardless of his personal feelings on the reboots, however, West says he would continue to watch and support An unforgettable walk restart if ever it was done.
Luckily for West, it’s fairly unlikely that An unforgettable walk will be restarted. The film recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and so far there have been no real indications of a new project. An unforgettable walk is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, and while he’s had several of his romance novels adapted for film, none of them have been rebooted so far. If any of its film adaptations were to be revisited, one would expect it to be one of the biggest hits first, like the Notebookwhich premiered in 2004. While fans chose Olivia Rodrigo as An unforgettable walk‘s Sullivan in a potential reboot, their prediction is unlikely to come to fruition, and An unforgettable walk can just enjoy its classic romance movie status for now.
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