David Lynch's 1980 film The Elephant Man is one of the most revered and popular classics of the 80s. Many of its elements, like the famous "I am not an animal!" speech are still known to people who have never even heard of The Elephant Man, let alone actually sat down and watched it. So I guess it's inevitable then that a Hollywood studio is going to remake it. Or - to put it more accurately, Silver Nitrate Entertainment has purchased the rights to a book on the life of severely disfigured Joseph Merrick, the subject of the original movie. But producer Ash Shah is said to be basically approaching this as a remake anyway, something he doesn't deny in this recent statement:
"There is a whole generation of people who are unfamiliar with Merrick's incredible story, having not been exposed to Lynch's 1980 film. We're confident that an interesting filmmaker can bring this compassionate story to a whole new audience. Merrick's life is a testament to what the human spirit can endure and what life truly should be."

Well, that sounds promising. No word yet on who that "interesting filmmaker" could be, or on casting. Who do you think would be good for the role of Joseph Merrick? Zac Efron? Chris Hemsworth, maybe? (The Playlist)