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...

And here's the second part of our remakes and reboots rundown...

Leprechaun

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.

Logan's Run

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...

Mortal Kombat   

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.

The Mummy

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.

Oldboy

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...

Point Break

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

Poltergeist

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.

Police Academy

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.

Rebecca

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.

RoboCop

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.

Short Circuit

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?

Starship Troopers

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...

Suspiria

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...

Terminator

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.

Timecrimes

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.

Timecop

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.

Tomb Raider

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.

Toxic Avenger

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.

Van Helsing

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.

Videodrome

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...

WarGames

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.

Waterworld

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...

Weird Science

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.

xXx

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.

And there's...

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...

See also: our round-up of sequels currently in development

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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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