I dug In the Mouth of Madness. Found it at Best Buy for about $5, picked it up, and thought it was entertaining.
I'm with Derrick -- I may not agree with Carpenter's decisions with his properties, but they're his properties. If he wants to just farm 'em out without doing any additional work, let him do it. The difference between what Carpenter's doing and what happens with a lot of remakes is that it was Carpenter's decision to have a hands off approach.
Tom's argument that he's still directing makes sense. However, wanting to direct new stuff isn't the same as having a hands off approach on remakes. I don't think it's so much that Carpenter doesn't want to work anymore. I think it's more that he just has no interest in having any involvement in these properties, but he sees the financial possibilities, so he just farms them out. And since it's his stuff, I say that's his right and go nuts -- make money off your ideas while doing no work if you're happy with it.
Finally, on the Wonder Woman tangent -- I never heard Whedon bring up Summer Glau, but I do remember he once mentioned Morena Baccarin of Firefly/Serenity, who's definitely got the look.
I really liked the remake of Assault on Precinct 13. However, other than the basic premise, it is very different than the original. In Carpenter's film, a faceless gang attacks the precinct seeking revenge on a disraught father inside; he killed one of them after they killed his daughter.
In the remake, a group of corrupt police officers want to kill a prisoner inside who was previously paying them off. They tried to kill him earlier, but he survived and may testify against them in court. I thought the remake was very much it's own movie (and not very Carpenter-esque at all, thankfully).