57 movie remakes and reboots currently in development

Odd List Simon Brew 19 Jul 2013 - 06:30

Looking for a guide to just about every big movie remake and reboot currently in development? Then step right this way...

We've been compiling these exhaustive lists of remakes and reboots for some time now, and it's fascinating to look back at the entries from previous years to see which ones actually made it past the early planning stages. Way back in 2009, our list contained the following projects: Videodrome, Barbarella, Fletch, Cliffhanger, Masters Of The Universe and Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Just over four years on, and those movies still haven't materialised. Of course, it's entirely likely that those films will emerge at some point, but it's a sign of just how long the gestation period for movies can be, and how, sometimes, projects are doomed never to get off the ground at all.

That's something worth bearing in mind as you read through this lengthy list of occasionally surprising remakes and reboots. Sure, some of them are certain to appear in cinemas soon - RoboCop and Godzilla, for example, are out next year - but the status of a few others is, at the time of writing, a little more vague...

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About Last Night

The 1986 movie About Last Night brought together the likes of Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and James Belushi. Based on a stage play by David Mamet, a remake is now in post-production. Steve Pink is directing, and the cast this time includes Paula Patton, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall. Release date? 14th February 2014.

Agent 47

The first Hitman movie starred Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47. The rebooted one, clearly, will not. The current state of the project is that 20th Century Fox has it in pre-production, with Aleksander Bach attached to direct the new movie. The script has come from Skip Woods and Michael Finch so far, and we await news of who's going to take the title role. Expect the film in 2015 or 2016.

All Of Me

If you're ever having a crappy day and need a good laugh, then you can't go wrong by popping on one of the movie collaborations between director Carl Reiner and star Steve Martin. The Jerk is wonderful. The Man With Two Brains is wonderful. And All Of Me is similarly terrific. It's also being remade.

The new film promises to turn the central promise down, so instead of the woman's soul being in the man's body, it'll be the man's in the woman's. But we don't know who is lined up to try and step into the shoes of Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin. We do know that the writers of The Vow, Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, are working on the script.

All Quiet On The Western Front

Ironically enough, this is a reboot/reimagining/new take project that's gone just a little bit quiet. Daniel Radcliffe had been linked with the new movie, which would have gone back to Erich Maria Remarque's 1929 novel of the same name. Set during the German trenches of World War I, the new film version had Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) attached to direct once upon a time, although we suspect this one may now be stuck in limbo.

Annie

There's nothing like a good old sing song goes the theory, and that's perhaps why another take on Annie is being planned for cinemas. Cameron Diaz is going to play Miss Hannigan this time, with Quvenzhane Wallis playing the title role, and Jamie Foxx as the Daddy Warbucks character (now called Benjamin Stacks). Easy A's Will Gluck is directing, Will Smith is producing. The film will be released in December 2014.

A Prophet

The acclaimed Jacques Audiard movie A Prophet is one of the best crime sagas to hit the big screen in the past five years. If you've not seen it yet, then it's a hugely rewarding, if difficult to watch at times, piece of cinema.

Sony has now taken out an option for an English language remake, which Neal H Moritz and Toby Jaffe will be producing under the Original Film banner. They've got to get the screenplay right first, before pushing too far forward, so treat this one as in its infancy.

Batman

UPDATE: The Batman reboot is now officially tied to the Man Of Steel sequel, it's been confirmed. Due in 2015, with a new actor taking the role of Batman, it's looking like a Batman Vs Superman movie, with Zack Snyder directing, and David S Goyer penning the screenplay...

Big Man Japan

The 2007 mockumentary comedy kaiju movie Big Man Japan is something of a treat, telling the story of an ordinary man who becomes an outcast, in no small part down to his talent for turning into a gigantic hero to save Japan from lots of monsters. The US remake has attracted Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash Of The Titans, R.I.P.D.) to write the script. There's been no formal greenlight yet, or announcement of a director.

The Black Hole

Oblivion and TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski continues to develop a remake of The Black Hole. Prometheus' Jon Spaihts continues to work on a screenplay for the film, and Kosinski has revealed that he sees the film more as a reboot than a remake. It's touch and go whether he makes that before TRON 3, though. Either way, it's clearly prominent on his current slate of projects.

Bloodsport

There's going to be no Jean-Claude Van Damme in the announced remake of Bloodsport that's currently in the works. Robert Mark Kamen, the co-writer of Taken 2, has been working on the script, and Phillip Noyce (Clear And Present Danger, Rabbit Proof Fence) had, at one stage, signed on to direct the movie. It's still in the works as we understand it, and the plan is, apparently, for a film that's more character driven than the original...

Carrie

The novel of Stephen King's Carrie left a fair bit in it that Brian De Palma's classic film didn't really make too much use of. Thus, even though we were about as keen as most of you on the idea of a new Carrie film, there is potentially room for a decent one. Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce is directing this time, with Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role. The highlight may well be Julianne Moore, playing her mother though. That's the performance we can't wait to see. The movie is out in October in the US.

The Crow

At long last, it looks like the planned remake/reboot of The Crow is finally happening. The title role had been linked to Bradley Cooper and Tom Hiddleston, but in the end, it's Luke Evans who has signed up for the film. F Javier Gutierrez is directing the new film, and original Crow creator James O'Barr has now boarded the project on a consultancy basis. The Crow is now expected to shoot next year.

Daredevil

It seems like it's a question of 'when' we get a Daredevil reboot rather than 'if'. Sadly, that's a question with a very clear answer of 'not soon'. Joe Carnahan had been the latest to develop a new take on Daredevil back when 20th Century Fox had the rights. However, when Fox ran out of time, the rights went back to Marvel, and Carnahan's take on the material was dead.

Marvel doesn't have a plan, that we know of, to include a new Daredevil in its phase three of films, building up to The Avengers 3. But it does now seem a decent bet for phase four. It refused to extend the rights to Fox, and while it may just have got the character rights back because it wanted them in house, there's a decent chance that a movie may finally come out at the end of it all. 2018 would be optimistic, though.

Escape From New York

One of the best remakes of recent times was Breck Eisner's new take on The Crazies. So, even though it was hard to get enthusiastic about a remake of John Carpenter's wonderful Escape From New York, Eisner's involvement was at least some kind of olive branch.

We're unsure if he's still involved, but producer Joel Silver has confirmed this year that this remains an active project, so much so that he's toying with the idea of a trilogy of films. Tom Hardy and Jason Statham have been mentioned, but that mainly sounds like internet tittle tattle in truth. Still, expect developments...

Fantastic Four

Fox has set a March 2015 release date for its full-on reboot of the Fantastic Four series of films. Chronicle director Josh Trank has signed up to helm this one, which will take Marvel's First Family pretty much back to square one from what we can make out. Casting has yet to be announced.

Flatliners

This one's been rumoured for some time, but things took a substantive step forward earlier in the year when Niels Arden Oplev - the director of the original movie version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - was hired to helm a new take on Flatliners. Ben Ripley, who wrote Source Code, is working on the script for the film, although that's as much as we know about the project's current state right now...

Flight Of The Navigator

Off the back of the tremendous Safety Not Guaranteed, director Colin Trevorrow revealed that he'd landed the job of directing the remake of Flight Of The Navigator. As he told us towards the end of last year, "all we're trying to do is find a story that we care about and that will work. Our question is not, 'what is the Flight Of The Navigator remake', it's 'why is Flight Of The Navigator being remade?'"

Flight Of The Navigator wasn't set to be Trevorrow's next movie as it stood, but since then, he's also landed the job of directing Jurassic Park 4. That suggests that, at the very least, there's a sizeable delay before the new Flight Of The Navigator arrives in cinemas...

Godzilla

Here's a reboot that's in very good hands. Director Gareth Edwards gave the world the film Monsters, and he's a strong choice to bring Godzilla back to the big screen. Amongst the writers who have worked on this one are Frank Darabont, David S Goyer and Max Borenstein, and production is ongoing on the movie. The cast includes the likes of Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, David Strathairn and Elizabeth Olsen. And Godzilla is set for release in May 2014.

Gremlins

A Gremlins reboot remains on the agenda at Warner Bros it seems, with the studio reported at the start of the year to be negotiating with Amblin Entertainment for the rights to reboot the franchise. Amblin, as it was said back in January, was warming to the idea. It's moving slowly this one, but it does now appear to be moving...

Headhunters

Based on the book by Jo Nesbo, the 2011 Norwegian thriller Headhunters is an excellent piece of work, one that was quickly snapped up for the remake treatment. Whilst there's not been much noise about it since, we know that Sacha Gervasi (who directed Anvil) had been hired to write the script. Mark Wahlberg had expressed interest in the project too. There's been no recent substantive progress though.

Heat

No, not that one. The Heat remake we're talking about here is a new take on the Burt Reynolds movie of the same name. Originally released in 1986, the new Heat is going to feature Jason Statham, who takes on the role of a recovering gambling addict who provides protection to his friends.

William Goldman wrote the novel the film is based on, and has penned the script. Heat reunites The Statham with director Simon West, who previously helmed The Expendables 2 and The Mechanic with the great man.

Highlander

Rebooting a film with a tagline 'there can be only one' positively invites the world to chortle when a fresh take on the material is announced. That's been one of the fewer problems associated with the plan to reboot Highlander, though. Ryan Reynolds had been linked with the project for some time, before walking away in June of this year. Directors such as Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo have also quit the project, which currently finds itself with neither a leading man or a director. That said, Summit Entertainment is still very much pressing ahead with the film, and a new director will now be able to choose their lead actor.

It

Stephen King's It was adapted technically for television, with Tim Curry putting in a memorable performance as Pennywise the Clown. In the UK, it was mashed together into one near three hour cut, and plans are now afoot for a new take on the material.

Cary Fukunaga, best known for directing Jane Eyre and Sin Nombre, has plans to write and direct a new adaptation of It, and the idea is for it to be two films. Things have been quiet on the project for the last year however, as the new It remains stuck in development for the time being.

Jacob's Ladder

One of the more bizarre choices for a remake is the planned fresh take on Adrian Lyne's 1990 psychological horror, Jacob's Ladder. Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) is working on the latest draft of the script, and the idea is for the film to be a homage to the original, rather than a straight remake. Sounds a bit pointless either way, really.

Jack Ryan

In effect, this December's Jack Ryan will be the third time the character has been rebooted for the big screen since he first appeared in the guise of Alec Baldwin in The Hunt For Red October. There's never been a bad Jack Ryan film to date, and the new one sees Chris Pine treading where Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck have trodden before. Kenneth Branagh is directing, and the cast is rounded out with the likes of Branagh himself, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley and David Paymer. It's due out at Christmas, and it's called, simply, Jack Ryan.

Jumanji

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Zathura is a much better film than Jumanji, based around the same central concept. Nonetheless, Columbia Pictures have hired Zach Helm to pen a new take on Jumanji for the big screen. Don't expect Robin Williams should it finally get the green light...

The Killer

The majestic John Woo movie The Killer is an action movie with genuine heart to it, alongside some spectacular set piece sequences. And there's an English language version still in the cooker. It had been announced that financing was in place, and that John H Lee was set to direct. The location of the story is set to movie to present day Los Angeles, but the guts of the narrative sound like they're in tact.

In the middle of last year, John Woo said he had "supreme confidence" in the new movie, although we've not heard much about it since then.

The Legend Of Conan

An odd one this, as it's effectively going to reboot the reboot, to get things back to how the original strand of Conan movies were. Chris Morgan has penned a script that will see Arnold Schwarzenegger pick up the role of Conan as a much older man. There's going to be no mention whatsoever of the Jason Momoa-headlined reboot that came and went a year or two back.

Schwarzenegger is likely to slot The Legend Of Conan in later this year, although he may have to juggle his schedule with his commitments to a new Terminator film to consider. Expect the movie in 2014 or 2015, though.

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57 re-makes/re-boots/re-f***ingwhatevers, doesn't that just say something about the state of Hollywood and the big studios? Some I can see the rationale behind but others (Jumannji, Flatliners, The Mummy, Point Break...) you just think, seriously, what is the point?

The number of reboots/remakes is frankly depressing but something that does lift me out of my slough of despond a little is the news of a duo of IT films.

While I doubt any amount of CGI could make Pennywise any more sinister than Tim Curry's definitive take on the character I do relish the idea of a) Two films to expand the mythos a little more and give the packed story breathing space (even the three hour mini-series had to cut vast swathes of prose) and b) A decent finale - the weak point of the mini-series was always the reveal at the end - CGI, if employed wisely, could capture the whole 'battle in the mind' aspect of the denouement rather than giving us a laughable stop motion spider.

There are plenty of unadapted books sat out there crying out for the big screen treatment.

May I suggest a movie that's right for a re-imagining... MONSTER SQUAD! It's a great little film on its own with a cult following but I think it could be really fun given an update with better effects and all the trappings that go with it. There are some movies on this list tho that should be left alone (Videodrome, Jacobs Ladder, etc). Surprised to see the pedigree behind the POLTERGEIST remake tho. As one of my fav scary flicks ever I was cynical but now ive learnt who's involved (Raimi / Kenan).... very intrigued. I'd love it to be an R-rated version this time out.

This just shows the dearth of original thought in Hollywood etc. Depressing really......

I thought you had mistyped 'death' but either word fits the context!

Akira reboot dead? Good.

I read da earth. Made sense to me.

It's far from a new phenomenon though - it might be a little more prolific than it's been in the past but remakes have been part of the movie making business for decades. What I guess is new is the remaking of films that don't seem so very old but even then there were three versions of The Maltese Falcon between 1931 and 1941 and the Magnificent Seven remade The Seven Samurai six years after it was released.

I don't think it shows anything other than the film industry has always been business over creativity.

Why oh why can't Hollywood start new projects instead of rehashing older films - so of those are classics and shouldn't be messed with!

How much would we each have to donate to ensure that a Weird Science remake DOESN'T get made????
For the love of God, please stop...

Logan's run could stick to the novels and have the cast all be under 21 and go for the youth market.

National Lampoons Vacation....sequel with Anthony Michael Hall as the dad...cameos by grandparents Chevy and Beverly...or bring them along for the ride.

Escape from New York was already remade as Lock Out. Regardless of the fact that Lock Out marketed itself as Die Hard in space, it was most definitely more Escape From New York on a totally nonsensical space station prison.

Seconded!

Please leave our memories alone, Hollywood!!

Cheers

The new Annie project sounds utterly horrible.

Not one it there worth spending $10 on and many should NEVER be touched. When is Hollyweird going to learn that this is why they are wasting so much money???

IT does not need a remake, just a new ending. I hate that stupid spider.

Excuse me Den of Geek, can I just point out that there is a difference between remake and reboot - you seem to get them mixed up.

Noooooo, not Escape from New York. How can they remake perfection? That film stands as a classic in how to do all the right things without spending too much or cheesing it way down. Say it ain't so!!!

Ugh! This is why majority of big studio movies bore me to death now. If you want creativity you have to look to foreign, indie or, ironically enough, TV.

Your cinema ticket on the average mediocre blockbuster is just paying to keep an average mediocre executive in champagne and cocaine.

Quite agree.

Don't panic - that's been mooted for years now. Think it may have come close with Gerard Butler and Brett Eisner before someone puked in their own mouth at the idea.

Then again the old Annie project was pretty darn horrible.

1982 or 1999, do you mean?

I thought the trio of Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters as the baddies almost redeemed the 1982 version.

Dracula and the wolf man too, mummy and the creature from the pool I mean the black lagoon.

What about a watchers remake that would ....oh I don't know how about FOLLOW THE BOOK.

OK I don't know what I did but I meant for the above comment to be here.

I'd be curious to see how they do the climax that's set in the past, back when they were kids. Everyone I know that's read the book seems to have wiped that potentially controversial scene from their mind.

Would you prefer the giant space turtle from the book to make an appearance?

If it's the scene I think you are referring to - after the defeat of the bad guy and they find themselves lost and unable to operate as a team any more and what they do to get their Ka back - then I suspect that would not be suitable film material or they do something different. Interesting what can be put in a book with little uproar...

I know, right? And every time I come across someone that loves that book, they've conveniently forgotten that scene. Just like the characters in the book. Eerie.

I agree. It seems like there are a lot of good authors out there that have books that haven't been made into movies? Why keep remaking movies and having them turn out as an insult to the original...and losing so much money, too?

I personally think Small Soldiers is a movie that would be great for remaking. The original was fun, but there is some great potential there that wasn't tapped enough for me.

The amount of remakes is too damn high.

Hmm, well apart from All Quiet OTWF, Logan's Run, Videodrome (wtf?!) & Weird Science, there's nothing there that would pain me to see remade. And at least Logan's Run appears to be dying a quiet death. Why would you want to remake that? You can't add anything new to it, and any new version would most likely lose the central point in favour of cgi fights and backdrops.

There is however lots of poor fair in there. Police Academy, Tomb Raider, National Lampoons, Van Helsing, Fantastic Four, films where you might actually get something a bit superior to the original.

I'm curious with something like Gremlins, when it's labelled a reboot. I'd have thought it would just be a very belated 3rd installment. Which might be pretty fun if it's done right.

Oh, and they missed Frankenstein off the list didn't they?

Ha, true enough. It'd be nice to get a ballsy director who included that scene. It could be done with tact, beauty and a slow dissolve away from what's actually happening.

It'd just be nice to see someone direct a King story who understood that the story is about the people, not about the monster. This is why too many King adaptations are a bit rubbish.

However you can pretty much bet your wage on an IT remake being all about the gore.

But then again there are great books out there that I'm quite happy about not being adapted for TV or the big screen.

The only remake I would love to see made is All Quiet on the Western Front, although it would have to be a gritty R movie and not a watered down PG-13 one.

So NOT interested in a reboot or remake of Flight of the Navigator. A *sequel,* on the other hand, might be a different story altogether.

Semi-topical: has anyone here ever watched the 1970s version of "All Quiet on the Western Front"? And if so, is it worth a watch?

No mention of ghostbusters?

"How can they remake perfection?"

Because John Carpenter is a sell-out whore?

The most depressing article on Den of Geeks?

I think so.

How about... people write original films?.. *gasp*

Solid answer. Honestly, while I'm not a fan of most remakes, isn't it interesting how some who rail against remakes put several of them in their "best film" lists? THE THING from 1982, THE FLY from 1986, and others are remakes that have been embraced. THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is one of the best remakes ever made and is a terrific Western to boot. And even THE WIZARD OF OZ from 1938 was not the first one!

Remakes have been part of movies since the beginning. While I also feel that there are a few too many nowadays, it's just part of show business.

The same thing that was said about the state of Hollywood back in the 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, and going back even further--that the studios are creatively bankrupt and have no new ideas and everything sucks.

What you've said is nothing new--and neither are remakes. And of the films on this list, a few of 'em have already been scrapped.

Easier said than done.

Agreed, but adapting a novel is a major task, and let's not forget the "it sucks because it's not EXACTLY like the book!!" crowd that will go ape if one tiny detail is missing.

And even if the book is adapted to film, there is a danger, as JOHN CARTER proved: that so many elements from A PRINCESS OF MARS had already appeared in previous films that when the film based on the book came out, the first thing many critics did was to _slam_ the film for stealing ideas from movies that had already taken those very ideas form the original novel.

Even when Heinlein's THE PUPPET MASTERS was adapted to film, you still had critics wailing about how it "ripped off" INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS...even though the novel for TPM came first!

Me personally? I'd love to see a film version of MAROONED IN REAL TIME and YUKIKAZE (even though there was an anime adaptation of that novel). At least next year there will be EDGE OF TOMORROW, based on the novel ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.

Which ones? I'm curious, since after NAKED LUNCH was made as a film, I don't consider any book "unfilmable" or "shouldn't be adapted".

But that's just me, of course.

With Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine? I have vague memories of it as a child, so I couldn't say if it was worth it or not, I'm afraid...

Not even Edward's upcoming (2014) GODZILLA?

I believe that William F. Nolan was working on a LOGAN'S RUN remake that was a lot closer to the original novel (he was not happy with the 1976 film), but would keep the "Lastday" age at 30. That's the one that's currently in development, I think.

Well, if PACIFIC RIM, GRAVITY, INTERSTELLAR, and EDGE OF TOMORROW aren't good enough....

still waiting for a remake of 90s classics like 'NO ESCAPE" and "Surviving the game"
Put Ray Liotta back on that island!

Hahaha - yes you're right Paul! ;-)

"This is why too many King adaptions are a bit rubbish."
Except the classics. HERE'S JOHNNY!

As much as I love the original Logan's Run, I don't mind the idea of a reboot for two reasons: a) the film made a number of significant changes from the book, especially the end, and b) there were two book sequels that would work well as films. And there's nothing studios love these days more than a trilogy!

Thats because Bill Murray refuses to sign off on a new film. I believe he partly owns the rights to the franchise and without his signature you can't make a new one.

I'm so not looking forward to the "dark and gritty" reboots of Flight of the Navigator, Short Circuit and National Lampoon's Vacation

The fortuitous irony here is that the really great classics, most of which are about things called human beings, are being left alone by the dearth of imagination that is another "computer-driven" byproduct.

They did...the Sandy was useless tho

There were many movies I watched when I was young and I loved only to find out they were remakes and sometimes remakes of remakes, so this is nothing new...
However, I could be wrong but the reason why many people are skeptical of remakes,
is that many of the movies slated were made over the past 40 years. There is not much difference in the visual and feel of a movie made in the 70's and eighties with movies made in the past 20 years. And a lot of the movies in the 70's and early eighties and the early 90' produced great works that is hard to top. Plus the content and social sensibilities regarding language, sex and violence are almost the same, compared to movies made in the 50's and early 60's. So remakes seems pointless becasue your not adding anything new.

There is strong new material in the current era of sci fi novels that include a fresh approach to post modern literary forms and physics that lends itself to future thinking as the great work of the fifties and sixties did to today. Lets put apocalyptica zombies to rest and create meaning for our species to progress with our special effects vocabulary. Enough slick and empty superpowers pleez~

If Hollywierd absolutely HAS to do a remake of something, why don't they at least do something that would at least be a challenge, like trying to remake an absolute STINKBOMB, and this time do it RIGHT? Example: One of the movies listed above: 1979's "The Black Hole," easily one of the shamelessly cheezy SF stinkbombs ever made, not even good as laughable kitsch, with the hefty price-tag it had. That could EASILY be remade & done RIGHT this time. (And this time, please, no robots with cartoon-like painted-on eyes! The moment that V.I.N.C.E.N.T. character appeared on the screen for the first time, every kid in the audience groaned simultaneously, it was so stupid...)

Another example: "The Last Unicorn." Beautiful story, totally undermined by cheezy, ultra-low-budget Saturday Morning animation & bargain-basement production-values. That's another example of a movie with a good story/premise that could EASILY be remade into a good and almost certainly much-better film than the original. This time they could easily do it with a combination of live actors and state-of-the-art CGI technology (like "LOTR" or the "Narnia" films...)

Peter Jackson proved this with his version of "LOTR," which, happily, easily erased everyone's memory of the dreadful 1978 Ralph Bakshi version. Why doesn't the rest of Hollywood catch on, instead of trying to do remakes of movies only a few years old that are still within recent memory?

In Hollywood?????? Can't be done...

Make that a Third vote, for my part... Enough's enough...

Because (A) Hollywood "writers" have no imagination or originality and (B) Hollywood "Producers" (and their funding-sources, primarily) don't want to risk the multiple-millions that movies now cost on anything but what they consider 'a sure thing.' They want a fast return on their investment, nothing more, and so their thinking is, 'If Movie X made a lot of money, then a remake of Movie X with even more fancy SFX and extra gewgaws like 3D IMAX & what-not, will make even MORE money.'

Sad, but true, that's the way it is... And it's not likely to change, so long as the cost of moviemaking continues to skyrocket... (That's why you have monumentally-expensive disasters like "The Lone Ranger," probably one of the biggest miscalculations since "Heaven's Gate.")

I'm not 100% sure, but I **think** I read somewhere that the author of the original book wasn't too happy with the movie-version (the one with Michael York) at all. I can't remember what specific objections he had; but I do know he didn't like it & was very reluctant to let Hollywierd take a second crack at the story.

what about the Birds and the Giligans island remake, of the live action Voltron, or Simpsons movies?? are they off the table.

Ugh! I hope they're off the table! A live-action "Simpsons"??? What's the point??? As for "The Birds," they tried remaking 'Psycho'--basically shot-for-shot--and it BOMBED!

When are authors ever happy with movie version? ;) I liked both the movie and book, although Michael York seemed too old for some reason (he was mid-30's). I'm just happy George Pal didn't get the rights to it; I LOVE Pal (War of the Worlds, When Worlds Collide) but his film would have been drastically different than the book, I'm sure. I'll say this for a remake, though. They'll almost definitely go back to lowering the age limit to 20 for the city residents. Hollywood seems to be making everything now for teenagers.

Logan's Run was a movie of its time. It's based upon the phrase "Don't trust anyone over 30.", which was popular in the late 60's early 80's. I don't think it has relevance today.

Author lost me with "very good one, 21 Jump Street"

The movies don't have to be EXACTLY like the book, but when they change major plot twists to fit the script it takes away from the story and characters. Also they make changes that screw up the chance of future movies being made. Case in point in Along Came A Spider they killed the Gary Sonji character in the movie but in the book he lived and was the villian in another book or two and he assisted Alex Cross in future books.

So "About Last Night" is now the newest Tyler Perry movie? Sounds like it from the cast.......Gross. Why re-shoot a boot load of movies that don't need re-makes when there are plenty of stories out there? Read a book and get some ideas for inspiration. What a joke.

True--and good point about the ALONG CAME A SPIDER adaptation; I did NOT like the fact that they killed off Sonji in the film (because I think Michael Wincott was perfect). On the other hand, the YUKIKAZE anime dropped several key stories from the original novels, but it still ended up working as a film. I only found out about the changes made after reading the translations of the novels.

Iconic films such as Short Circuit, TMNT, It. Weird Science and Highlander, some of my favorites, should not be messed with. Really, Point Break?? Swayze(R.I.P.) is probably rolling in his grave at this news and Reeves is probably digging his.
Hollywood needs to reboot its imagination!!!

Can't be done? It's done all the time. It's just that they go ignored.
Mike

I think that part of the rationale behind remakes is that the studio execs don't think that today's young viewing audience (their primary target audience) can't relate to any actors that are a generation or more older. So, they release the same movies but with today's stars that today's audiences recognize.

What's really perturbing is that the timeframe between the original and the remake (or the remake and ITS remake) is getting shorter and shorter.
I also have to wonder what it really takes to be a studio exec these days, when I see a movie that bombed (Waterworld) on the remake list.

Why aren't there more Machetes and Sharknados

Hollywood sucks

They should make a GOD OF WAR MOVIE, and a reboot of " THE SHADOW". :]

Hollyweird NOW HEAR THIS!!!!!!!!!

Leave Escape From New York ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now we know why Hollywood doesn't promote foreign films

Because they want to steal all their ideas and claim it as their own

There's never been a bad Jack Ryan film? Did you actually watch Sum of All fears? Affleck was a horrible Jack Ryan that movie stunk

I can't see touching some classics. Poltergeist should be left alone!

But one movie I think is ripe for a modern remake is "the Black Hole". Fantastic story (crazy space captain hides himself on the edge of a black hole, goes crazy and starts turning his crew into soulless robots - what's not to like?)

But that AWFULL soundtrack and cheesy redneck robot voices really ruined it. But the story is great for a remake.

Then you are an idiot, considering it's widely thought of as a great comedy.

Yea, by morons

Hollywood just filed for creative bankruptcy

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