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...
And here's the second part of our remakes and reboots rundown...
WWE Studios has added to its production slate a remake of the film Leprechaun, which is going to see WWE star Hornswoggle (aka Dylan Postl) take on the role first realised by Warwick Davis. Zach Lipvosky is going to direct this one, having one the Steven Spielberg-backed reality TV series, On The Lot.
For a while, Ryan Gosling was linked with the long-in-gestation remake of Logan's Run, which Warner Bros is trying to get going. But with Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn off the project, the mantle has now passed to the creator of the Bioshock videogame series. Ken Levine has been hired, very recently, to pen the latest draft of the Logan's Run screenplay, which suggests that this is a project very much still active. It just needs a star and a director to get it firmly onto the proverbial grid...
After Mortal Kombat: Annihilation disappointed at the box office back in 1997, it looked like the big screen adventures of the ultra-violent videogame were at an end. However, there's a reboot on the way. The new Mortal Kombat film is in the hands of director Kevin Tancharoen. He directed Glee 3D, but it's more the fact that he also made the popular Internet short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth that's landed him the job. Oren Uziel was hired to write the script. Now we just wait for New Line and Warner Bros to officially fire the starting gun.
Off the back of remaking Total Recall, Len Wiseman is set to embark on another franchise reboot of sorts, with The Mummy. The idea this time is that the film will be set in the modern day, and the script has come from Jon Spaights (Prometheus), with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci amongst the producers. Universal will look to get this one moving sooner rather than later, we suspect.
National Lampoon's Vacation
The reboot of the Vacation movies was all set to go ahead earlier this year, with Horrible Bosses writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein having penned a script, and were preparing to direct too. Ed Helms remains attached to the project, which is expected to also feature Chevy Chase. But the film has apparently gone back into development, over an argument about the target rating the end cut should aim at. Expect movement on it soon though.
Spike Lee has all but completed work on the American remake of Chan-wook Park's terrific Oldboy. Due in cinemas this autumn, his movie has Josh Brolin in the lead role, and if it hits big, it's likely to unlock further remakes of Chan-wook Park's films. We wait and see if the octopus makes it into the new version...
Whenever we mention the proposed remake of Point Break on the site, it's fair to say that it does not seem to go down well. And yet the new version presses ahead. Ericson Core is going to direct this time. He previously helmed the Mark Wahlberg-headlined Invincible, but he's also earned his stripes for his cinematography, across features such as Daredevil and The Fast And The Furious. The plan remains to star
Few people we've ever met on the planet Earth have ever expressed any kind of joy at the quite wonderfully chilling Poltergeist being remade. But there are one or two reasons for cautious optimisim here. Firstly, Sam Raimi is serving as one of the producers on the new project. Secondly though, the new Poltergeist is set to be directed by Gil Kenan. Get yourself a copy of his animated movie Monster House, and you'll see why there may yet be some promise here.
The plan is to start shooting this year, for release in 2014.
Progress has been slow on the almost-inevitable rebooting of the Police Academy movie franchise. Last year, it was confirmed that Scott Zabielski had been appointed to direct the new movie. However, little has been heard since (save for Jeremy Garelick being hired to do some rewrites last summer). This is a project that will happen at some point, and we'd assume that they'd want cameos from one or two of the more familiar recruits of old. It may be that New Line want to get the National Lampoon's Vacation reboot sorted first, though.
DreamWorks has all but greenlit a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film Rebecca, which in turn was based on the novel by Daphne Du Maurier. Steven Knight (Hummingbird) has worked on the script for this one, and Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) has been recruited to direct. Arcel is also planning to do a fresh draft of the script before cameras are unpacked.
There's still an understandable quotient of people who are less than enthused about a reboot of RoboCop, especially as the new movie will retell the origin story once more. Our suggestion is the best way to look at it is that it's the English language directorial debut of Jose Padilha. Check out his pair of Elite Squad films and you may begin to share our enthusiam. Joel Kinnaman is the new RoboCop, and the cast includes the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton, Hugh Laurie and Abby Cornish. It arrives in February next year.
As much as we love them, Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2 are a pair of films that really do show their age. That said, the raw materials remain fun, and perhaps that's why Dimension Films remain keen on a new Short Circuit franchise. They've hired Tim Hill, of the first two Alvin And The Chipmunks movies (as well as Muppets From Space), to direct the new film, with Matt Lieberman writing. We're going to get an edgier robot too, we gather. Johhny Five gets a Terminator upgrade, then?
If you were one of those who didn't care at all for last year's new take on Total Recall (which, to be fair, we thought had its moments), then you might want to take solace in the fact that it may have had an unexpected side effect. Because up until that point, plans were afoot for a new take on Starship Troopers, with less violence to it. At the end of last year, original director Paul Verhoeven told The Playlist that he didn't know if "they're going to do Starship Troopers after the failure of Total Recall". It remains somewhere in development, but things have certainly gone quiet...
David Gordon Green, off the back of films such as The Sitter, Your Highness and George Washington, had planned to be moving ahead with a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria by now. However, the project has hit a problem, which continues to hold it up. In the words of the writer/director to Indiewire, it's "caught up in legal crap, so who knows what will ever happen to that". As far as we know, the project isn't technically dead, but it certainly sounds as though it's on life support.
Sympathy For Mr Vengeance
It may be that all concerned wait to see just how well the remake of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy goes down before formally pressing ahead with this one, but Brian Tucker (Broken City) has been hired to pen a script for an English language take on Sympathy For Mr Vengeance. He's got, might we suggest, quite a job on his hands.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Under the stewardship of Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes banner, director Jonathan Liebseman is currently shooting Paramount's big screen reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film is locked in for a summer 2014 release, and the cast includes the likes of William Fichtner and Megan Fox. If it works, expect sequels...
A brand new trilogy of Terminator films heads to the big screen starting in June 2015. Paramount Pictures has come in to distribute the fifth Terminator movie, which is set to bring Arnold Schwarzenegger back to the franchise. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has also been linked with the film. This will be the first, if all goes to plan, of a new trilogy of films. Currently working on the script for the first of them are Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier.
You can read about the original Timecrimes here in our lookback. It's a smashing movie, and it was somewhat inevitable that Hollywood would look to remake it. It's been in gestation for a while, having originally been set up at United Artists. However, the film then ended up at DreamWorks, where Steven Zaillian was attached to write, produce, and possible direct. How close it is to moving into full and active devleopment is, right now, unclear though.
Based on the original tale from Dark Horse Comics, Timecop gave Jean-Claude Van Damme one of his biggest ever box office hits. Earlier this year, it was revealed that a new version of Timecop was in development though, and this will go back to the source material. As such, no Van Damme. It's being produced by Marc Shmuger and Tom McNulty, and remains in its early stages.
GK Films now has the rights for the big screen adventures of Lara Croft, and thus a reboot of the Tomb Raider film series is coming. It arrives off the back of a very, very successful videogame reboot, and the last we heard on the new Tomb Raider was that Buffy The Vampire Slayer alumnus Marti Noxon had been brought on board to help put together a final screenplay.
It's still a while off this, yet it's a film that's picked up quite a lot of momentum over the past few months.
For some time, there's been talk of a remake of Troma's The Toxic Avenger. And in the past few months, things look like they've fallen into place. In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to take on a small role in the movie, as The Exterminator. Steve Pink remains attached to direct this one, with production due to start before the year is out. That makes a 2014 release really rather possible.
It's probably best to concede from the off that the 2004 movie of Van Helsing, from The Mummy director Stephen Sommers, was not a great film. It had Hugh Jackman in it, which was useful, but the end movie felt like a videogame you weren't invited to play.
Star Trek and Fringe scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are thus going back to the characters of Bram Stoker for a new big screen stab at the film, which has thus far got Tom Cruise circling the project, potentially to star. It's still a project bubbling along, rather than one close to getting made, yet it remains active.
The David Cronenberg classic is getting fresh treatment courtesy of commercials director Adam Berg. He's been signed up by Universal for the new film, which has been written by Transformers: Dark Of The Moon scribe Ehren Kruger. We just await, with a little bit of dread, a start date...
Updates have been relatively thin on the ground where the once-planned remake of 1983's WarGames are concerned. It had been announced that Seth Gordon, the director of The King Of Kong, was to helm a remake of the Matthew Broderick-headlined original. As far as we know, WarGames is still on his slate somewhere, but off the back of the successes of his last two features - Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief - he's an in-demand man.
At the end of 2012, it was revealed that Syfy was toying with the idea of a remake of sorts of Waterworld. It was undecided whether to make it into a television series or a standalone movie, and given that Syfy is exploring feature film development, the latter is an option. The project is still one of those somewhere in the vaults of Syfy, and it remains to be seen whether it will take its interest any further...
Michael Bacall has, in recent times, written a very good film, and a very bad one. The very good one was the excellent 21 Jump Street. The very bad one was the eyeball-burning Project X. One of his next jobs? It's the script for a remake of the terrific John Hughes movie, Weird Science. It's being produced by Joel Silver, and remains at the scripting stage for the time being.
The Wild Bunch
A contemporary remake of The Wild Bunch is one of the projects that Will Smith is contemplating. This time around, the focus would be on a bunch of DEA agents hunting down a Mexican drug cartel. Smith hasn't committed to the film yet though, as far as we know.
It's hard to tell at the moment whether the planned xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage will be a reboot or sequel. Given the performance its predecessor however, we suspect a reboot of sorts is likely to be in order. The film seems a little in limbo at the moment, unsurprising given Diesel's commitments to the Fast & Furious films, and also to rebooting Riddick (due in cinemas shortly). With xXx, the last we heard was that director Rob Cohen was likely to return alongside Diesel, but it's a project that's been quiet for a couple of years now. When Diesel's schedule frees up, it may just finally press ahead.
Young Sherlock Holmes
Another 80s favourite, the plan to reboot Young Sherlock Holmes is a by-product, presumably, of the success of TV shows Sherlock and Elementary (as well as the Robert Downey Jr-headlined Sherlock Holmes movies). The last we heard of this one, Evan Spiliotopoulos has been hired to write the new screenplay (he previously worked on The Lion King 1 1/2). Original writer Chris Columbus is set to serve as a producer.
Stuck in development appears to be the remake of Tell No One, which did have Ben Affleck linked at one stage. More tellingly, Kathleen Kennedy was going to produce it, but her commitment to Star Wars and LucasFilm for the next half-decade has probably put the brakes on that one.
Meanwhile, the Sean Connery-headlined Outland was announced for a remake by Warner Bros in 2009. Diddly squat appears to have happened since then. Furthermore, the planned remake of Akira does appear to be dead. At least for the time being...
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