Van Sant's version of the Hitchcock masterpiece tried to convince us that the dude we loved trying to pick up cocktail waitresses in second-string casinos in "Swingers" could become the terror that Anthony Perkins was as Norman Bates. It didn't work.
That's not to say people didn't think it would work. Van Sant had just left movie critics salivating with "Good Will Hunting."
He had an all-star cast in Vince Vaughn, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy and Viggo Mortensen.
The pieces were in place for success. It's just that those pieces didn't come together as a whole.
And that could be the concern with Marshall's offense. No one doubts this staff's track record at their previous stops. They've all played or coached - or done both - at high levels, and the players they have to work with are nearly the same as the group that almost caused scoreboards to flash "TILT" in 2012.
But sometimes a talented group with the best intentions can't recapture the magic of the original.
Holliday is saying the 2013 remake of Marshall's record-breaking 2012 offense won't be a note-for-note reheating. You'll see a few edits here and there.
"We've got to become more physical up front, offensively," Holliday said. "We have to be able to change tempo at times and not always be a fast-paced 'red' team. We have to be able to slow it down and put hats on hats and knock people off the ball when we've got to get a yard."
Will it work? Sneak previews are available three days a week until April 27.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.