110 movie remakes and reboots currently in the works
It's a big week for little things as The Little Mermaid and Little Women join our list of upcoming reboots and remakes...
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Here's part two of our round up...
Flight Of The Navigator
For a while, off the back of the wonderful Safety Not Guaranteed, it looked as if director Colin Trevorrow was in line to remake Flight Of The Navigator. Then he landed the Jurassic World job, and after that came the news that he's directing 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX. He's going to be a busy man.
As such, he told us in June 2015 that "I think it's moved on". He confirmed that he and regular collaborator Derek Connolly had penned a screenplay for the new film, but that he is no longer involved in the project. Little else has been heard of the remake, but it's assumed that it's still active in some dark corner of Hollywood.
Friday The 13th
The latest Friday The 13th has gone through several different writers. Nick Antosca, Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg have all taken passes at the script, before handing it over to someone else.
David Bruckner was attached to direct the reboot, but stepped away from the project in December 2015. At the same time, writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, Contraband) was brought in to pen yet another new script.
Lord knows so far whether this one's going to be a reboot, a remake or a very belated sequel. Yet Warner Bros has put a new The Fugitive film into development. Anne and Arnold Kopelson, who directed the first film, are overseeing the new one. Christina Hodson has been hired to write the script for it, and the aim is to have the new The Fugitive in production in 2016.
Ghost In The Shell
A live action Hollywood remake of classic anime Ghost In The Shell was bouncing around development hell for some time, but now it's got its green light. Scarlett Johansson is starring, whilst Snow White And The Huntsman director Rupert Sanders is calling the shots on this one. It's set for release in April 2017.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Interestingly enough, the next English-language Dragon Tattoo film seems like it won't star Rooney Mara or Daniel Craig. Nor will it be an adaptation of the second book in the series, The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Instead, we're told that the fourth book in the series - The Girl In The Spider's Web - will be adapted for a new cast. We wouldn't expect David Fincher to be back, either. Steven Knight, of Locke, Hummingbird and Burnt, is working on the script.
Going In Style
For his third feature as director, Zach Braff is to put a new spin on the 1979 movie Going In Style. A caper movie starring George Burns, it followed three older friends, as they decide to break up their boredom by robbing a bank. Martin Brest (Beverely Hills Cop, Meet Joe Black) directed the original.
New Line are backing the film, which is set to open on May 6th 2016.
Warner Bros is coming around for a second go at bringing Green Lantern to the screen, following the underwhelming Martin Campbell-helmed 2011 venture. Ryan Reynolds won't be returning to star.
The new film, going by the title Green Lantern Corps, is part of the broader, all-singing DC movie universe. It's not due in cinemas until 2020 either, although it's a fair bet that we'll meet at least one of the new Green Lanterns before then, probably in a Justice League feature.
Sam Raimi is to produce a new take on The Grudge, with another English language version on the way. Midnight Meat Train's Jeff Buhler has worked on the script, and this'll be the first English The Grudge movie since 2009's Oscar-losing The Grudge III.
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.
Clive Barker himself has admitted that the new Hellraiser film is to be a "reboot".
Talking to EW towards the end of last year, he said that "the movie actually begins on Devil’s Island. I wanted to fold into the Hellraiser narrative something about the guy - the Frenchman Lemarchand - who made the mysterious box, which raises Pinhead. I figured ‘well, what would have happened to him?’ He might well have been taken to Devil’s Island [a penal colony] and I thought that would be a pretty cool place to start the movie".
Barker is writing the new movie, but won't direct. It just needs someone to give it the official greenlight...
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.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is the director of this one (Justin Lin and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo had previously been attached). Ryan Reynolds, originally mooted as the new Connor MacLeod, is no longer on board, though.
Dave Bautista is set to play the role taken by Clancy Brown - The Kurgan - in the original film. Production is expected to start before the end of 2015, with a 2016 release possible.
Joe Dante's 1981 werewolf movie was based on the novels by Gary Brandner, and the rights have now been picked up by Emaju Entertainment. Emaju in turn is pursuing a remake, although no writer or director is thus far attached.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Oculus director Mike Flanagan is working on a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the successful 1997 franchise-spawner. It was loosely based on Lois Duncan's 1973 novel of the same name, and Flanagan will be going back to that for the screenplay of this new version. Flanagan is also set to direct, although he's committed to make Ouija 2 first.
The LEGO Movie producer Dan Lin has a new take on Inspector Gadget sitting on his slate. It's fair to say that neither Matthew Broderick nor Rupert Everett will be getting a phone call about it, though.
Independent of the recent, well-received CG animated series, Lin now just needs to find a writer and director to bring Gadget back to the big screen. Which we suspect he will.
The Invisible Man
For a while, it looked like the producers behind the Divergent movies were developing a new movie take on H G Wells' The Invisible Man. Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick were attached to produce it for Red Wagon Entertainment, and Sony was known to be backing the project.
However, things look to have changed. Universal is now pushing ahead with their own big screen The Invisible Man reboot, as part of their in-development monster-based shared cinematic universe. Johnny Depp is said to be starring. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will produce.
We're not sure if the Sony version is still pressing ahead as well. We'll update this section if and when more facts come to light.
So this one's had a bumpy year. The plan is to make two films of Stephen King's enormous book, It. Will Poulter had been cast in the pivotal role of Pennywise (Tim Curry still terrifies us, mind), and Cary Fukanuga had been developing the project to direct for many years.
Yet as production approached, in came "creative differences", our old chum. Fukanuga has since left the film, and in his place is Mama director Andy Muschietti, who at one stage was set to direct the remake of The Mummy. It is now pressing ahead again.
Adrian Lyne's 1991 psychological thriller, starring Tim Robbins, is set to be brought back to the screen by The Perfect Guy director David Rosenthal. Jeff Buhley and Sarah Thorp have worked on the script, which will go in front of the cameras in May 2016.
It's definitely, definitely happening. Sony has announced a release date for the new take on Jumanji, which will be in cinemas at the end of 2016. Zach Helm has penned the script for the film, other than that details are in short supply.
Jean-Claude Van Damme will take on a role in the Kickboxer reboot, playing an updated version of the Master Chow character. Originally earmarked for Tony Jaa, Van Damme stepped in when Jaa left, and he joins a film that includes Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista and Georges St Pierre.
Ted Field is producing, John Stockwell is directing, the film will be with us in 2016.
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Now here's a reboot we can get behind. The first film of Kevin O'Neill and Alan Moore's The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman remains most known for the fallout between star Sean Connery and director Stephen Norrington. Connery hasn't acted since, and Norrington hasn't directed.
The new film is being produced by John Davis, and he's promises a more "female-centric" take on the material for the upcoming reboot. No director has thus far been appointed, though, but it's very much an active project.
The Legend Of Conan
It'll be interesting to see where the disappointing box office returns of Terminator: Genisys leave the plans for the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise resurrection. This one's going to unboot the reboot, if that makes any sense. Thus, it'll pick up the story of Arnie's Conan, but now a much older man.
The Legend Of Conan is being written by regular Fast & Furious scribe Chris Morgan. It will utterly ignore the Jason Momoa film. It's just a case now of finding out whether it'll get the green light or not.
The Little Mermaid
Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with Disney and Alan Menken - who won an Oscar for his music to the original The Little Mermaid film - for the new live action telling of the story. New songs are expected to mingle with the classics. No word yet on who's directing.
Frances Ha and Mistress America star/co-writer Greta Gerwig is working on a script for a fresh filmic adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century novel Little Women. She'll need to recruit some big talent to top the cast of the 1994 version. Sony is the studio attached.
Here are just a few of the people who have been involved in the elongated attempt to remake Logan's Run. Director Carl Rinsch, James McTeigue, Nicolas Winding Refn, Bioshock creator Ken Levine and Bryan Singer have all at some point been associated with the project. Meanwhile, at one stage, Ryan Gosling was all set to star as well.
Now? We hear that Simon Kinberg, who has been writing some of Fox's Marvel movies as was as the upcoming Star Wars film Rogue One, is to write and produce this one. Joel Silver is also producing, but at this stage, there's no news on a director. We know a Hunger Games-style franchise is being plotted, though.
The Magnificent Seven
Accepting that The Magnificent Seven is a remake of sorts of The Seven Samurai (the inspiration for Pixar's A Bug's Life, too), this one is therefore a remake of a remake. Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua reunite for the third time, after Training Day and The Equalizer, and the cast also includes Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard and Matt Bomer. The movie is set for release in September 2016.
This baseball comedy from 1989 is currently under discussion for a reboot. Morgan Creek Productions has held onto the rights to this one, despite looking to sell most of their other properties. The original had Charlie Sheen and Wesley Snipes in its cast, and quadrupled its tiny $11 million budget at the US box office.
John Woo is remaking the 1976 Japanese thriller Manhunt, which in turn is based on Juko Nishimura's novel Kimi Yo Funnu No Kawa O Watare. It'll go back to the source material, to tell the story of a prosecutor framed for robbery and rape, who sets out to clear his name.
Woo has promised that the film goes back to his old style of filmmaking - hopefully something in the vein of Hard Target or The Killer - and Media Asia is backing the movie.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
This John Wayne western has been reimagined as "an urban crime/thriller in the vein of The Departed, The Town and Mystic River." The outlaws from the original have been recast as Polish gangsters. Yup. Moving on...
Masters Of The Universe
He-Man has been mooted for a big screen return for a while now. Thus far, the likes of Terry Rossio (Pirates Of The Caribbean) and Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) have lined up to take a pass at the script. The latest is that Christopher Yost, best known for Thor: The Dark World - and currently co-writing Thor: Ragnarok - has been hired for the project. No new director has been confirmed yet, though.
The film that launched Christopher Nolan's career - Memento - is getting remade. Seemingly, the mighty Mr Nolan is not involved at all. It's fair to say that the groundswell of online commenters, when this news was announced, weren't very pleased.
It's AMBI Pictures who are bankrolling the remake, and they have also bought the rights to Cruel Intentions, I Heart Huckabees, The Passion Of The Christ, Rush, Robot & Frank and Donnie Darko. At the moment, though, Memento seems to be their top priority.
Men In Black
The good guys dress in black, remember that, because Sony will be relying on your brand awareness when their Men In Black reboot reaches cinemas. They're planning a trilogy, without Will Smith, which may or may not be linked to previous plans to combine the world of M.I.B. with the Jump Street universe. We're also told there will be a more central female role.
New Line continues with its plan to reboot the Mortal Kombat movies, and it's recruited James Wan - director of The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7 - to produce the new movie.
Oren Uziel and Dave Callaham are working on the screenplay for the film. It's unclear if Kevin Tancharoen is still involved, though. He directed Glee 3D, but it's more the fact that he also made the popular Internet short Mortal Kombat: Rebirth that had once landed him the job. No timescales for this one yet, but Wan's involvement should get it moving quicker.
Underrated movie, Mulan, one that's often overlooked when the Walt Disney Animation Studios output of the late 1990s is quickly, and unfairly, written off.
A live action take on the film is in the cooker at Disney, and it's hired Laura Hynek and Elizabeth Martin to write the screenplay for this one. It's not near the front of the queue yet though.
The film that's set to kickstart Universal's classic monsters movie universe, the latest reboot of The Mummy is being written and directed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Star Trek Into Darkness co-scribe Alex Kurtzman. Universal has dated the film for June 9th 2017. There could possibly be a female Mummy (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman is attached to the film, but it's not 100% clear if this will be her role), and there'll definitely be Tom Cruise.
Murder On The Orient Express
Kenneth Branagh has signed up to direct a new cinematic take on Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express novel. He's also, we heard recently, picked himself to play the starring role of iconic detective Hercule Poirot (played by Albert Finney in the 1974 film, David Suchet in the Poirot TV series, and Alfred Molina in a 2001 TV movie). Prolific pen-wielder Michael Green is working on the script.