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'Escape' remake gets familiar faces

This blog's been following the Disney remake of Escape to Witch Mountain (which, somewhere along the way, got the name Race to Witch Mountain), and ComingSoon reports that Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann (who portrayed the original kids, as pictured on the DVD cover at left) have joined the production:
In a nod to the original movies, Eisenmann plays a sheriff and Richards plays a waitress at a roadhouse called Ray's in a town called Stony Creek. They help a cabbie ([Dwayne "the Rock"] Johnson) and his two paranormal-powered passengers (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig).
In addition, also joining the cast are Tom Everett Scott (playing a "medical specialist"), Chris Marquette (as a "computer specialist"), Billy Brown ("military specialist") and Cheech Marin ("helpful mechanic").

So, why follow this film on this blog? I must confess, my greatest interest stems from the fact that it's one of my favorite films from childhood. And while I have some misgivings about the way it is being "re-envisioned," I'm holding out hope that it will also tell a great story--and maybe bring God-talk into open spaces in the process. For more on the film from this blog, go here, here, here, here or here.

(Image: Disney DVD cover)