Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J. Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, which was previously abandoned over budget issues. Jaume Collet-Sera (Non-Stop), who had been set to direct, is believed to have moved on, though.
A series of new Alien Nation movies is in the planning stages at 20th Century Fox. The original 1988 movie starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin, and the remake has attracted the interest of Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. They're working on a draft of a screenplay, and Fox apparently has a Planet Of The Apes-esque franchise revival in mind.
Early days on this one so far, though.
The acclaimed Jacques Audiard movie A Prophet is one of the best crime sagas to hit the big screen in the past ten 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. Dennis Lehane was hired to write the screenplay at the end of 2013, although there's been little word on the movie since then.
The big screen take on Batman is effectively being rebooted in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, that'll see Ben Affleck step into the cape and cowl. Beyond that, though, a fresh trilogy of Batman movies is apparently being planned, and Affleck is in line to direct at least the first of them. Expect it in 2018 at the earliest. There's the small matter of the Justice League movies to fit in too, after all...
The first animated movie to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination was Disney's classic telling of Beauty And The Beast. And in line with the studio's current policy, it has been working on a live action remake.
Bill Condon, who recently directed Mr. Holmes and before that a couple of Twilight pictures, is in post-production on the movie. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, and Kevin Kline lead the cast. The film is set for release on March 17th 2017.
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the new take on Ben-Hur, whose cast includes Jack Huston, Toby Kebbell, Pedro Pascal, Morgan Freeman, and Nazanin Boniadi. The film is already in post-production, and will be released in cinemas in march 2016.
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. What's more, there's been no real update since 2013, so this one is sitting in limbo a little...
One of the few John Carpenter movies to thus far escape the remake treatment? Well, that would have been Big Trouble In Little China, but over the summer, news broke that a remake was indeed in the works.
Dwayne Johnson is set to headline the film, which is being penned by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Johnson has already said that he wants John Carpenter involved in the project in some capacity too. It's still in the writing stages thus far, and Johnson's jam-packed slate means that even if everything goes to plan, this one is unlikely to shoot until the back end of 2016 at the earliest.
Yep, the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Mind you, following the shot-for-shot remake of Psycho, little should come as a shock. The new take on The Birds will be overseen by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes company, and Bay himself is one of the listed producers. Furthermore, the film is set to be directed by Diederik Van Rooijen, who will be making his English language feature debut with the production.
Oblivion and TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski continue to develop a remake of The Black Hole. Prometheus' Jon Spaihts worked on a screenplay for the film, and Kosinski has revealed that he sees the film more as a reboot than a remake. It had taken a back seat so that Kosinski could make TRON 3, but Disney has since pulled the plug on that one. It's not entirely clear where The Black Hole sits on its docket right now.
Con Air director Simon West is promising to harness the power and potential of modern CG in his new take on The Blob. Goldcrest Film is funding the project, and it seems fairly high up West's to-do list. A release in 2016 may yet be possible...
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. Progress has been very slow on this one, though.
Sony is juggling a few remakes at the moment, and Blue Thunder is one of them. The new film will change Blue Thunder from a helicopter into a drone, and Craig Kyle is writing the script (he's also writing Thor: Ragnarok). Dana Brunetti, who oversaw Fifty Shades Of Grey's transition to the screen, is producing.
An unusual one, this. Eli Roth's 2002 feature, Cabin Fever, has been remade using exactly the same screenplay. It's the work of Travis Zeriwny, and he's finished shooting the new film, and put a cut together. Roth has revealed that Zawiwny has changed the deaths in the film a little, but other than that, it's very much the same story. Given that the movie is in post-production, it can't be long until we see it either...
Sylvester Stallone's then-floundering career received a major shot in the arm with 1993's Cliffhanger, where director Renny Harlin took him up some mountains and shot lots of film. Fun was had.
There had been talk for many years of a Cliffhanger sequel, The Dam, but that never panned out. Then, back in 2009 came talk of a reboot from producer Neal Moritz, who's overseen the new Total Recall and 21 Jump Street. And last year, Joe Gazzam was hired to pen a screenplay for a Cliffhanger remake/reboot. Nothing's been heard since, but we suspect this is a matter of when rather than if.
The popular 1990s teen thriller The Craft is getting the remake treatment, with Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak writing and directing the new film. Phil Graziadei is to co-write the script. None of the original team - writer/director Andrew Fleming, cast members Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True - are set to be involved, it seems.
As part of its classic horror monster cinematic universe that it's working on, Universal is putting together a new take on Creature From The Black Lagoon. So far, we've heard that Scarlett Johansson is being targeted to play the female scientist who discovers said creature on an expedition. Jeff Pinkner, who worked on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is currently scripting this one.
This one's stuck right back in development hell. Corin Hardy had been set to direct a new take on The Crow, with Jack Huston the latest to take on the role and then, er, leave it. However, the collapse of Relativity Media, that was backing the project, proved a further stumbling block. Still, the creator of The Crow comic book, James O'Barr, reckons the project is still very much live and kicking.
The ingenious horror thriller Cube took a single location and really, really made it count. More than its sequel or prequel managed to, certainly. A new version is now on the way though, and it's going by the name of Cubed. Saman Kesh is directing, whilst Philip Gawthorne has penned the new script.
Director Wolfgang Petersen's exemplary submarine thriller, in either its film or TV guise, is pretty much unmissable cinema. That hasn't made it resistant to the fickle finger of remake fate, however.
German firm Bavaria Studios has picked up the rights to Das Boot, and it's planning a reboot. Whether that'll be in the form of a television miniseries or another feature film remains to be seen...
Nope, nothing's sacred. Nicolas Roeg's 1973 horror classic has been picked up by The Picture Company for a remake, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman producing. StudioCanal is set to distribute the new Don't Look Now once it's made, but there's no writer or director on board yet that we know of.
As part of Disney's desire to remake lots of its animated classics in live action, it's attracted the interest of Tim Burton for a new take on Dumbo. Ehren Kruger is working on the screenplay for the film (he's written the last few Transformers movies), and we wait and see whether Dumbo or Beetlejuice 2 will be Burton's next film, once he's done with Miss Peregrine's Home For Unusual Children (which is due in March 2016).
Legal mire has held up a planned movie reboot of Dungeons & Dragons for the best part of a decade. There have been three films to date, although only the 2000 original made it to a cinema. However, Warner Bros and Hasbro have now put their lawyers away, and David Leslie Johnson has been hired to write a script for a new Dungeons & Dragons. We'd imagine this one will get fast-tracked too, with an eye on many sequels if it works.
Sidney Furie's 1983 horror The Entity has landed on the desk of The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan. He's set to produce a new take on the project, with Chad and Carey Hayes writing the screenplay for the new version. No director has thus far been announced, though, but given how busy his schedule is, it won't be Wan.
Funding now seems to be in place for the remake of Escape From New York, which is set to kick-off a new series of films. Joel Silver is directing, and John Carpenter will serve as executive producer. At one stage, one of Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal or Dan Steves was in line for the role of Snake Plissken, but all has gone a little quiet on the casting front. There does seem to be a determination to get this made though.
Joe Dante's 1985 sci-fi adventure, that starred Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, is getting a remake courtesy of Paramount Pictures. the new film will be written by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (Better Living Through Chemistry), with Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) producing. No word on this one in the last year, but we suspect it's still in development.
20th Century Fox seems to have the rights together to make a new Flash Gordon feature, and earlier in the year, it was trying to lure Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn in the direction of the film. It's unclear as of yet whether he's accepted the job, but given that the last we heard he was writing Kingsman 2, he may be a long shot.
John Davis is producing along with George Nolfi. Nolfi came up with a treatment for the film, and the script is being penned by Patrick McKay and J D Payne (who worked on an earlier draft of Star Trek Beyond). Samuel J. Jones has already expressed interest in reappearing.
This one's been rumored 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, was working on the script for the film. Flatliners does seem stuck in development at the moment, though, as there hasn't been fresh word on it for two years now.
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