I think it is a safe assumption that 40-plus years later, we remain drawn to MFU because of Napoleon & Illya.
Whether you slash them or not, I also think it's a safe assumption that the majority of us see a connection between the boys.
In the year 2013, would a reboot movie do better financially, critically and/or in audience satisfaction if The Partnership was the major focus?
What would happen if the reboot simply treated the fact that the boys love each other as a matter of fact? Agape, eros or philia...would The Partnership put butts in theater seats?