A Wild Wild West Remake (Again)

Wild Wild West was once a television series that originally aired in the 1960’s and featured some considerable Steampunk tech. My mother recalls watching the episodes as a teenager and insists that Wild Wild West was in its original form an excellent series.

My first exposure to Wild Wild West, however, was the 1999 film remake of the series. I can’t remember much about the film because, well 1999 was a long time ago, but I do remember this: it was awful and stupid. Here’s the trailer if you need a refresher:

Ugh, just watching it makes me feel like my eyes are going to bleed. Sure, it’s Steampunk, but it’s just so stupid. It’s a horrible example of Steampunk because it’s just so inane. People who are familiar with the Wild Wild West film think I’m crazy that I’m into Steampunk. They look at me as if to ask, “Seriously? You’re into that? And there’s a whole lifestyle built around it?”

And then I have to explain that yes, but Steampunk made by Steampunks is so much interesting and intelligent and the Wild Wild West film can’t hold a candle to how cool we actually are. But usually, they just reply with this expression: O_o

There is a chance, however, that our days of lamenting the Wild Wild West film are soon to end. Ron Moore, the re-creator of such classic television series such as Battlestar Galactica. It’s only in the rumor phases, but enough time has passed since the movie that only the Steampunk community itself still reels at the mention of the film.

Maybe, just maybe, we can get a remake worthy of both my (and my mother’s!) attention.

You can read more about the rumors on Geeks are Sexy.

The Warrior’s Way

Recently, a new film has surfaced which many people in the Steampunk community are heralding as an excellent example of Steampunk film. It’s called The Warrior’s Way, directed by Sngmoo Lee and starring Geoffrey Rush and Dong-gun Jang.

Personally, I’m not sold on this as Steampunk film by the trailer alone. Just because it’s set in the Weird West doesn’t necessarily mean its Steampunk.

For me, there has to be a element of the impossible for it to be a true Steampunk film. The Warrior’s Way isn’t Steampunk in the same way that Moulin Rouge! is not a Steampunk film. Technically, it could have happened. There technically could have been a courtesan who fell in love with a writer and an evil duke stood in the way in their love. Just ask their could have easily been an assassin who refused a mission and had to flee his nation to escape the wrath of his master.

Steampunk film has to have impossible tech to it to be a proper Steampunk work. It doesn’t have to have airships per say, but in my opinion it does have to have an heavy element of impossible tech. And I don’t really see that in The Warrior’s Way.

It remains to be seen if I am right or wrong. It’s scheduled to be released on the 3rd of December, 2010.