I was rather flabbergasted to read this today and have very mixed feelings about this plan. Although, as the Independent reports, the film has the backing of film producer Jeremy Thomas (his uncle was Gerald), Steve James, son of Sid and John Altman who apparently will write the music, I can't help feeling we should just let the idea of a new Carry On go.
Any attempt to revive the series runs the risk of churning out a Carry On Columbus for the 21st Century. Practically all the original talents have long since left us and anything in the Carry On name would have to be pretty special to live up to their wonderful contributions all those years ago.
The one positive I read in the article was that the film would feature a cast of unknown actors. After the mixed bag of Carry On actors and new wave comedians in Columbus, the new film may have a fighting chance if it introduces us to a cast of fresh faces we haven't seen before. I just don't know though, as popular as the original series of films are and although they have new generations of fans, would a completely new Carry On film in 2017 work and attract a significant audience at the box office?
So what do you think? Should there be a new Carry On film and possibly even a new series of films? Or should we just respect the memories of Sid, Kenneth, Joan and all the rest and not attempt to reignite the classic, probably never to be repeated formula?
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