Backstory: When two films aren't better than one
Hollywood has once again been rummaging through old film vaults for recyclable scripts – from "Cape Fear" to "The Poseidon Adventure" to "King Kong."
Now producers are considering revisiting another genre from the past in their enduring quest for box-office gold – the movie meld. Combining two films to make a new one (sort of) is a technique that has led to such high-art classics as: "The Three Stooges Meet Hercules," "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy," "King Kong vs. Godzilla," and "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein."
Sources in Hollywood say producers are scrambling to secure options for new film fusions that include:
Alexander the Great Santini
Analyze That Darn Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Naked and the Dead Poets Society
Shall We Dance With Wolves?
Night of the Living Dead Man Walking
There's Something About Mary Poppins
All the President's Men in Black
Air Force One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Children of a Lesser Godzilla
The Man Who Knew Too Much Ado About Nothing
Bridges of Madison County Over the River Kwai
In the Heat of the Nightmare on Elm Street
Singing in the Rainman
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Mountain
An Officer and a Gentleman Prefer Blondes
Dirty Harry Potter
My Best Friend's Four Weddings and a Funeral
• Dale Roberts, a college career counselor, lives in Asheville, N.C.