How to destroy a classic movie: Yankee Doodle Dandy

It’s Friday night again and we’re going to have some fun redoing a classic movie again.

I’ve got a surprise for you tonight, as it’s July 4th (Independence day here in the U.S.A), I thought I’d rewrite a classic movie that has a patriotic theme to it.
Tonight we’re going to see how a musical from 1942 can be reimagined into a sci-fi blockbuster while still remaining a musical. The movie? Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Before I go any further, I want to note that this is a movie I really enjoy and I would hate to see it remade in any form.

It’s a bit of a task, so let’s get started!

The plot

Based (however loosely) on the life of George M. Cohan – who was a composer, singer, dancer and producer – the movie follows him from a child actor in his family troop all the way to the beginning of WWII, highlighting some of the many famous songs that he wrote during his life.


Our movie

We’re going to change quite a few things in our movie:


First off it’s now set in a distant dystopian future where the US government is corrupt and in fear of a revolt.

To prevent  such a revolt, a daring plan is hatched: Clone the most well-known people who inspired previous generations. among the chosen subjects are: George M. Cohen, Abe Lincoln and George Washington to name a few.

However things don’t go according to plan. After the clones are sent out to stir up patriotism, they clones find out just how corrupt the government has become.

Deciding that they must find a way to restore the trustworthiness of government, the clones set out to convince everyone that a government of the people, by the people and for the people can work. This is a great place for a number of old songs to be inserted.

However the corrupt government doesn’t like what it’s hearing and tries to silence the clones, first by brainwashing and then by murder. To add a slight bit of comedy another song and dance routine can be added during the brainwashing and murder scenes.

That’s when the clones end up organizing and leading the revolt, inspiring people by songs and speeches.

Now that war has broken out, there can be several battle scenes with little break, only throw in a scene where the soldiers are singing in battle for a bit of humor.

Now, after a long series of battles, we’re ready for the final battle, a battle that should have all the clones that have survived this long, which must include the George M. Cohen clone going against the corrupt government troops in a vital fight.

The final battle can end several ways, a decisive win by one side or the other (it depends on the message you want to send), a stalemate, or a nuclear incident that destroys the whole world. I don’t really see a happy ending as a possibility however.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this movie remake, sorry I didn’t offer a happy ending this week.
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment.

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