In recognition of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I thought it would be fun to reimagine the show as if it had been made in the silent era. Silent recasting, here we come! (You can catch my original Star Trek recasting here.)
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Star Trek’s network debut and I knew I had to do something to celebrate. What better way than to reimagine it as a silent film? (Don’t answer that!)
Welcome back! I occasionally make posters for modern films reimagined as silents. This time around, I will be seeing what a certain 1980s comedy classic would look like in the silent era.
It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that if The Dark Knight had been made in the 1920s, John Gilbert should have played Batman. Welcome to my fictional world of modern blockbusters in the silent era!
Silent Take is back! This time, I am recasting the iconic Indiana Jones in the world of silent film.
Indiana Jones was based on the classic cliffhanger serials of the thirties and forties but those serials were in turn based on the exciting offerings of the silent era.
Like most people in my age group, Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood. And like many others my age, I fell out of love with Star Wars around the years 1997-99, when the not-so-special editions and the prequels were being inflicted on us. Around the same time, I was starting to get into silent film. I had never really liked Cecil B. DeMille’s clunky sound epics but I decided to give his early silent work a chance.
When I first saw the 2009 romantic comedy The Proposal, it struck me that it was made a few decades too late. (A woman boss with a male secretary? The lady proposing? And she is older? Oh, I shall surely faint at this daring! But she just wants to be romanced by her young man. Awww.)
I have always felt that The Fugitive was a better movie than series. The 1993 version was a fun popcorn flick starring Harrison Ford. My idea for the silent version is a 1923 popcorn flick starring… Harrison Ford! I couldn’t resist. Can you blame me?
James Bond gets the silent treatment!
Of all the reimaginings I have done, I expect this one to be the most controversial (well, as controversial as a post about silent movies can be). You see, James Bond has come in so many flavors over the past 50+ years that it is impossible to get everyone in the room to agree on the ideal Bond.
After completing posters for the silent Nolan Batman trilogy and working on my designs for James Bond and Indiana Jones, I am a burned out on male-led blockbusters. So, how’s about some girl stuff? Enchanted is, of course, a clever 2007 send-up by Disney about Disney. I have to confess that I am not an enormous fan of Disney films in general but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Whew! Finished reimagining the Nolan Batman trilogy as silent films. Here is the movie that started it all.
You asked for it and here it is! My idea of what The Dark Knight Rises would have been like if it had been released in 1927. (You can see my poster for The Dark Knight here)
I enjoyed True Grit as a book and I loved the 2010 adaptation. The ‘teens were a golden time for the western film and so I decided to work with the year 1917 in mind.
Here it is! My view of what Despicable Me may have looked like if it had been made in 1922.
I have branched into television! Action show 24 reimagined as a 1927 serial.
I must ask for more indulgence than usual with this poster. It is highly unlikely that top-tier actors would consent to appear in a serial. This is make-believe so I hope you forgive me. Rugged Milton Sills is just so perfect for the part! The bad guys won’t stand a chance and, best of all, he can act!
It’s baaack! Another modern movie re-imagined as a silent. This time, it’s The Princess Bride and it is taking a little trip back to 1928. If you have only seen Mary Astor and William Powell in the talkies, you may be interested to know that in the silents, she was often the dainty princess and he was often a sneering villain. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. did not try his hand at swashbuckling until 1937’s Prisoner of Zenda (Astor was in that one too) but I crave your indulgence because I think he is a perfect Westley.
I just thought I would have some fun with Photoshop. Here is my idea of The Dark Knight if it had been made in 1926. What’s your take? Who is your silent movie cast for The Dark Knight?