This title is said tongue in cheek, but as I was a huge fan of the original series, I am very excited to see this finally moving forward with the sincere hope they make it worthy. Yes sports fans, Hogan’s Heroes is finally coming to the big screen after lengthy creative and legal issues spanning more than a decade!
I won’t make too long a speech here but since the 1970s or so, Ruddy & Fein, the two co-creators of Hogan’s Heroes have been in a heated legal battle with Bing Crosby Productions who produced the program during its original run. The main issue, who owns the rights. Well finally after so many years the legal rights have reverted back to the owners. Mr. Fein is deceased but his estate, with the very aged Mr. Ruddy are planning to celebrate this by fast-tracking a film. Believe it or not there is a great deal of interest in seeing this movie come about. Could you imagine say, Ben Stiller as Colonel Robert Hogan? Hmmm….There isn’t any word yet on casting or production possibilities but the word I’m getting is that people are interested….Back in the early 90’s Mel Gibson was rumored to have been pushing for a Hogan film with himself in the lead role. That never happened but I think now we have an excellent chance to see something. I almost hesitate to say this….I’m on an ANTI-REMAKE kick right now…..but I still want to see Denzel do The Equalizer….and I just learned that somebody (I pray to GOD its the guys who did Death At A Funeral) wants to make a Good Times movie…but some of these re-makes interest me a great deal. This is certainly one of them.
Recently, within the last year or two I was researching the controversial film, Auto Focus, starring Greg Kinnear as Bob Krane, the actor who played Hogan in the series. His murder was never “officially” solved and for armchair criminologists its a fascinating case….while I was reading up on that legal matter I learned that the great comedic actor Wilhelm Klemperer, who played the brilliant Colonel Klink on the tv series, was Jewish. I had not known that and watching the series after learning that made the writing seem all that much more brilliant to me and it increased my respect for that show. Klemperer was born in Cologne, Germany in 1920 and sadly he passed away from the effects of cancer in 2000. I will keep you posted on this one. 🙂