57 movie remakes and reboots currently in development
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...
[Note that we've split this over two pages. This is just to keep load times manageable. We're not about to start making you click 20 or 30 times to read one of our lists!]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.