The Film Pilgrim:
here are a number of legendary fables on which Hollywood will never stop trying to put a new spin. Cinderella, Romeo And Juliet, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Brewster’s Millions – a small but well-worn list of simply told, centuries-old classics.
But there is a modern legend that Hollywood is not averse to retreading when ideas run shallow, and that, rather surprisingly, is the plot of John Landis’ 1986 comedy Western ¡Three Amigos!. This tale of three actors whom a harassed town mistakenly think are real heroes has been unaccreditedly appropriated for a number of big-name films since: Galaxy Quest transplanted the setting to outer space; A Bug’s Life set it in the microscopic world of insects; and My Name Is Bruce did it shoddily with Bruce Campbell. This year the story heads back to its origins in the new comedy Western, Rango.