Ongoing Series The Revamp

The Revamp #4: Harold and Maude

Harold and Maude Original Movie poster




Spike Jonze

Jonze already has one of the tabooer love stories of the century under his belt (Her, 2013), so why not add another one to the collection. Jonze also has a strong tie to the counter cultures of the pop culture world, such as his previous work with musicians known for their anti-establishment image (Lady Gaga, Kanye West, and Björk just to name a few). Out of the recent and well-known directors of the romantic/romantic comedy/dark comedy genres, and in a world where the true meaning and image of love is the counterculture, it would be wise to leave this revamp in his hands.


Pictured From Top to Bottom: Hozier, The Lumineers, Seren Ryder

Hozier, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Serena Ryder

Much like Ashby’s unique touch to the original, and how Jonez could build upon and from it with his own flavor to romance and comedy, there is little that needs to be changed to the original soundtrack to the film, due to how Yusuf Islam’s, also known as Cat Stevens, list of tracks compliment the plot so well. If anything, in addition to Islam’s return for a reprise of “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”, it would be a great platform to showcase covers of his work by emerging stars of the indie/alternative genre. While Hozier, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, and Serena Ryder are not the only names worthy of suggesting, their voices and presence would continue to make the message of Islam’s work known to a new generation. It would also give these artists a chance to collaborate with one of the legends of song in the twentieth century.

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