Remakes & Reboots: Upcoming Movies You’ve Seen Before

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:27 am, This is a list post.

movie remakes reboots superman spider-man crow akira oldboy dredd dragon tattooMovie remakes and reboots seem to be more reviled than ever - but is all the hate justified?We look at over 30 upcoming movies that will be covering some familiar ground, letting you know who is involved, what our take on it is, and how the project should be labeled:
  • Remake - Recreating a previously released film.
  • Reboot - Doing a "fresh start" re-launch of a previously established franchise or character.
  • Reinterpretation - Creating a unique new cinematic vision of literary source material.
Our list consists of films currently in production or confirmed for production, in order of their release dates.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Rooney Mara Noomi RapaceRelease Date: December 21, 2011Director: David Fincher (Se7en) Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin WrightCategory: Reinterpretation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel.Our take: David Fincher proved to be a master of hard-boiled Noir with films like Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, and The Game - and now he's returning to the dark side with the American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Read our Review). With a script by multi-Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian (Gangs of New York, Schindler's List), a pulsing soundtrack by Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network), and a Golden Globe-nominated performance by actress Rooney Mara in the role of hacker Lisbeth Salander, it's safe to say that this version of Dragon Tattoo was a worthwhile new vision of Larsson's work.

21 Jump Street

21 Jump Street Movie vs. TV ShowRelease Date: March 16, 2012Director: Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle and Johnny Depp (cameo)Category: Movie reboot of the 1980s TV show.Our take: Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are two of the most divisive young stars currently working in Hollywood; people tend to either love or hate them, respectively. That's going to be the biggest obstacle for the 21 Jump Street movie - more so than the odd choice of having Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller calling the shots. And, while the 21 Jump Street trailer was funny enough, this reboot is pretty much Jump Street in name and premise only. Beyond that, it's just your average buddy-cop action/comedy.

Mirror Mirror

mirror mirror snow whiteRelease Date: March 16, 2012Director: Tarsem Singh (Immortals) Cast: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, Nathan LaneCategory: Reinterpretation of the Snow White fairy tale.Our take: Tarsem Singh (Immortals) is a director who has been defined more for the style, rather than the substance, of his films. With Mirror Mirror, Singh hopes to make a family-friendly and stylistically lavish new vision of the Grimms' "Snow White" fairy tale - one that is more light and satirical than its main box office competitor, Snow White and the Huntsman.While the Mirror Mirror trailer was visually stunning, a script by two newcomer screenwriters, a hammy performance by Julia Roberts as the evil queen, and Singh's track record for having little underpinning to his pretty pictures, makes it hard to believe that anyone but the juice box crowd is going to be thrilled by this one.

The Three Stooges

 The Three Stooges movie Release Date: April 13, 2012Director: The Farrelly Brothers (Dumb & Dumber) Cast: Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Sofia Vergara, Jane Lynch, Larry David, SnookiCategory: Movie reboot of the classic Three Stooges comedy sketches.Our take: After losing an all-star cast of actors during a troubled development, The Farrellys' Three Stooges arrives with three lesser-known actors in the lead roles, and a cameo by Jersey Shore star, Snooki (take that how you will). While the trailer for film looked like a dutiful homage to classic Stooges comedy schtick, the attempt to carry it out in a modern setting looked to be more "miss" than "hit."Fans of the comedic trio are likely going to come away wishing that Hollywood had left this one alone.

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows Movie Tim Burton Release Date: May 11, 2012Director: Tim Burton Cast: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Jackie Earle Haley and Christopher LeeCategory: Movie reboot of the Dark Shadows TV show.Our take: Tim Burton is taking a cult-favorite Gothic TV show about supernatural monsters, and re-fashioning it as a weird blockbuster movie about supernatural monsters - and he's bringing along some of his favorite collaborators (Depp, Carter) a few pretty additional faces (Green, Pfeiffer) and a screen icon (Lee).As far as it being a reboot: considering that most of the target audience for this movie didn't watch the original TV show back in the late '60s and early '70s, Burton's movie will hopefully feel like a welcome introduction to the Dark Shadows mythos. 

Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman Charlize TheronRelease Date: June 1, 2012Director: Rupert Sanders (directorial debut) Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Sam ClaflinCategory: Reinterpretation of the "Snow White" fairy tale.Our take: Snow White and the Huntsman is a perfect example of how to win over a new audience with an old idea. Thanks to one fantastic trailer, this re-imagining of "Snow White" as a Lord of the Rings fantasy epic is now one of THE talked-about movies of summer 2012. Even though this is director Rupert Sanders' first feature-length film, the talents of the cast (particularly Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron as the evil queen) and the overall aesthetic make SWATH look like a truly promising contender - as well as a worthy re-visit to an all-too-familiar tale.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Spiderman Andrew Garfield vs. Tobey MaguireRelease Date: July 3, 2012Director: Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field, Martin SheenCategory: Reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise.Our take: The latest poster for The Amazing Spider-Man touts it as "The Untold Story" - you know, the story no one's ever heard of about the kid who gets bitten by the radioactive spider and gets super powers?Jokes aside, Sony is taking a serious gamble by re-starting the Spider-Man movie franchise so soon after Sam Raimi's trilogy. Equally risky is their approach to the character as a modern-day NYC teenager - a choice that is splitting the fanbase down the middle. Director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) has also never tackled a blockbuster of this size and scale, so there is plenty of reason to worry that this  Spider-Man is going to be anything BUT "amazing."

Total Recall

colin farrell in total recall remakeRelease Date: August 3, 2012Director: Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) Cast: Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bill Nighy, Bokeem WoodbineCategory: Reinterpretation of the Philip K. Dick short story / remake of the 1990 film.Our take: More than most films on this list, the new Total Recall has carried the dirty label of being an unnecessary "remake" - but this is in fact not (entirely) the case. The 1990 Total Recall film by Robocop director Paul Verhoeven was a very loose adaptation of the trippy sci-fi story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale" by legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, dumbed down  converted into an Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick.This new Total Recall will supposedly stick closer to the reality-bending elements of Dick's original story - though there will be plenty of action (and likely a certain iconic three-breasted woman) thrown into the mix as well. If we had to call it at this stage, we'd say this film will be equal parts remake and reinterpretation. Whether it will be good or not is anyone's guess...


Judge Dredd Karl Urban vs. Sylvester StalloneRelease Date: September 21, 2012Director: Pete Travis (Vantage Point) Cast: Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby,Category: Reboot of the Judge Dredd movie franchise.Our take: Comic book fans will quickly point out that the 1995 movie adaptation of Judge Dredd - which featured Sylvester Stallone in the titular role - was a far departure from the wrathful force of nature depicted in the comic book source. It's for that reason that Dredd, the upcoming reboot by Vantage Point director Pete Travis, has been given that rare pass of being a "worthy" reboot of the character.Travis and his leading man Karl Urban (Star Trek, Red) have promised that they will be bringing the Judge Dredd of the comics to the screen in a way fanboys will appreciate. That said, some behind-the-scenes issues with production on the film have us a bit wary that the final product might not have been worth the renewed effort.

Red Dawn

Red Dawn 2012 CastRelease Date: November 2, 2012Director: Dan Bradley Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Connor CruiseCategory: Remake of the 1980s film.Our take: The Red Dawn remake has been sitting on the shelf for well over a year, while some of the young actors in the cast have gone on to bigger and better films (see: Chris Hemsworth in Thor). However, even before the studio troubles, this remake was facing the challenge of trying to put a modern spin on the nightmare of a small U.S. town being invaded by foreign enemies - a story that's only more preposterous now than it was in the 1980s.As luck would have it though, the increased fame of the cast may now help the Red Dawn remake snag an audience it never would've lured before.

Evil Dead

Evil Dead RemakeRelease Date: April 12, 2013Director: Fede Alvarez (Panic Attack!) Cast: TBDCategory: Remake of the 1981 film.Our take: Sam Raimi's Evil Dead is considered a horror movie cult-classic - hence why that adoration has turned to hate for this upcoming remake, which is allegedly going to be more grounded and gritty than its campy predecessor. As many ED fans will inform you (ad nauseam) - camp and gore is what made the original great.On the plus side: Sam Raimi himself is producing the remake, as well as helping out Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Young AdultJuno) with scripting duties. However, until we know more, it's hard to say either way whether this is going to be a success or a failure. But if icon Bruce Campbell doesn't make at least some sort of cameo...FAIL will definitely be the verdict.

The Lone Ranger

Lone Ranger Movie 2012 DisneyRelease Date: May 31, 2013Director: Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy) Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom WilkinsonCategory: Movie reboot of the classic Lone Ranger radio/TV show.Our take: Disney's updated take on The Lone Ranger is another reboot that's been plagued with problems; from the script, to the budget, to the casting search. Still, with the budget now reduced and production back on track, the debate is once again raging about whether this film should exist at all.Director Gore Verbinski took the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride and turned it into a hit cinematic trilogy - but his take on the Ranger - in which the cowboy (Hammer) is something of a comedic dunce and his Native American sidekick, Tonto (Depp), serves as the real brains - has been a major turnoff for older fans.Unless a well-crafted trailer changes things, right now the old guard is crying foul about this one.

Man of Steel

Superman Henry Cavill vs. Brandon RouthRelease Date: June 14, 2013Director: Zack Snyder (300) Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Christopher Meloni, Laurence FishburneCategory: Reboot of the Superman movie franchise.Our take: In accordance with the recent relaunch of the Superman comic book, this reboot film will seek to update the superhero's mythos for modern times.The red underwear are gone, the attitude, costume, and powers have (slightly) changed, and the origin story is being retooled as well. Immortals star Henry Cavill will be the man donning the red cape (sorry Brandon Routh and Tom Welling fans...).The inclusion of General Zod (Michael Shannon) is already causing some people to write this off as a remake of Richard Donner's beloved Superman II  - but in truth, Watchmen director Zack Snyder is going to be offering audiences a Man of Steel they haven't seen before - for better or worse.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing remakeRelease Date: [PROJECT HAS BEEN POSTPONED]Director: Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) Cast: TBDCategory: Remake of the 1987  film.Our take: For many people whose hearts were stolen by the tale of sheltered 'Baby' Houseman (Jennifer Grey) and bad boy dancing instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), the news of this remake is going to be akin to blaspheme. A different dance movie remake (Footloose) did well enough for itself recently, and the fact that this new Dirty Dancing will be directed by High School Musical helmer Kenny Ortega all but ensures that it will hold strong appeal for the tween-to-teenage crowd.Line up a few big-name teen heartthrobs in the leading roles, and sad to say, another classic will have effectively been painted over with a hipper, booty-shaking, crotch-grinding modern sheen.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20000 Leagues Under the Sea RemakeRelease Date: [PROJECT CURRENTLY IN PRODCUTION]Director: David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) Cast: TBDCategory: Reinterpretation of Jules Verne's classic adventure novel.Our take:  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a movie do-over that people seem ok with. Disney's 1954 adaptation of Jules Verne's tale was a whimsical film filled with sea shanties and crude effects. This new version  will be a  darker vision, focusing on the relationship between the mad Captain Nemo, Prof. Piere Aronnax and sailor Ned Land.David Fincher is no stranger to dark worlds and dark characters, but his technical proficiency will surely be tested, as this new 20,000 Leauges will follow in Avatar's footsteps as a Live-action/CGI 3D blockbuster. The script is being handled by the likes of acclaimed writer Michael Chabon (Spider-Man 2) and Fincher's Se7en scribe Andrw Kevin Walker, so the combination of creative talent alone is enough to make us hopeful about this new 20,000 Leagues.


Akira RemakeRelease Date: [PROJECT HAS BEEN POSTPONED]Director: TBD Cast: TBDCategory: Reinterpretation of the Akira comic book/remake of the animated feature.Our take: This version of Akira is playing things fast (and very loose) with the source material: the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Tokyo has been traded for the futuristic dystopia of Neo-Manhattan (hence the non-Japanese characters), and a lot of the post-WWII allegory is going to be replaced by a different thematic narrative. All that change hasn't stopped fans of the Japanese Akira from crying foul, though.TRON Legacy star Garrett Hedlund isn't the most inspired choice to play the lead role of biker gang leader Kaneda, but director Jaume Collet-Serra has turned in  some very solid work in films like Orphan and Unknown. With a screenwriting team that includes Iron Man duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby - as well as Steve Kloves (the Harry Potter movies) - it's safe to say that, from a personnel standpoint, Akira isn't a complete disaster...yet.UPDATE: Currently the project is dead in the water. We'll see if it stays that way.

The Crow

The Crow RebootRelease Date: 2014Director: TBD Cast: TBDCategory: Reboot of The Crow movie franchise.Our take: Relativity Media's reboot of The Crow has been a cursed endeavor. The reboot has burned through two directors - Stephen Norrington (Blade) and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) - as well as two possible leading men in Bradley Cooper and Mark Wahlberg. Action star Brandon Lee was killed while filming the original movie, so maybe these ill tidings are meant to serve as omens that putting this character on film is just a bad idea altogether......Then again, when does Hollywood ever heed the omens in front of its face? Expect to hear more about The Crow reboot in the near future.


Oldboy RemakeRelease Date: 2013Director: Spike Lee (Inside Man) Cast: Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth OlsenCategory: Re-interpretation of the Oldboy comic book / remake of Korean film.Our take: Fans of Korean director Chan-wook Park's 2003 adaptation of the Oldboy comic book have mistakenly labeled this new Hollywood version as a "remake" - though in truth, the new film will borrow elements of both the source comic and Park's film, mixing them together with an American setting and some new ideas and themes. Of course, that hasn't stopped fan outrage over the fact that this new Oldboy exists and that Lee is directing it.But if the cast ends up being as distinguished as it's looking at the moment, Oldboy (U.S.) could ultimately be an interesting new take on the story.


robocop remakeRelease Date: 2013Director: José Padilha (Elite Squad) Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary OldmanCategory: Reboot of the Robocop movie franchise.Our take: Robocop is yet another case where remake/reboot hatred amongst fans has reached seething levels. The reboot's director, José Padilha, has gained a strong following both abroad and in the US thanks to Elite Squad, which holds the record as Brazil's highest-grossing movie release.Padilha has already discussed some modern ideas and themes for the new Robocop, so this film will at least attempt to cover some new ground - but the real test will be who they cast in the leading role of Alex Murphy/Robocop. UPDATE: The Killing star Joel Kinnaman is an interesting choice for the lead role, but it will be Gary Oldman's supporting role that we suspect will earn respect for this reboot.

Short Circuit

Release Date: 2013Director: Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) Cast: TBDCategory: Remake of the 1986 film.Our take: The Short Circuit remake has actually been in the works since 2009, with several writers and directors having joined and then left the project. As of now, Dimension Films has placed Chipmunks director Tim Hill in the director's chair, and if you're wondering what kind of film he'll likely make, allow us to answer that: a kid-friendly cash-grab.Will lovable robot Johnny 5 end up singing a Lady Gaga number or hanging out with a Jersey Shore cast member? We'd like to tell you it could never happen. We'd like to...


Godzilla RebootRelease Date: 2014Director: Gareth Edwards Cast: TBDCategory: Reboot of the Godzilla movie franchise.Our take: The last time that Hollywood tried to reboot the Godzilla franchise, Matthew Broderick played hide-and-seek across Manhattan with a giant lizard. Needless to say, movie fans haven't been eager to open that door again.This latest attempt to relaunch Godzilla in a movie franchise rests on the shoulders of director Gareth Edwards, who proved himself a creative sci-fi talent with his 2010 indie flick, Monsters. With a script being written by both David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and up-and-comer Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son), there's reason enough to be optimistic that this new group of filmmakers will get right what the previous group got so very wrong.

Logan's Run

Release Date: [PROJECT HAS BEEN POSTPONED]Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) Cast: Ryan GoslingCategory: Reinterpretation of the Logan's Run novel.Our take: Anyone familiar with the work of auteur director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla) should know that no matter what source he draws from, the end result is going to be very much his own work. And after seeing the...unique way Refn and his "muse" Ryan Gosling approached crime drama in Drive, it's really anybody's guess how the pair will tackle the dystopian themes of Logan's Run.Refn informed us that he indeed has a fresh new vision of the classic tale in mind - though he's not sharing what that vision is. Since this project will mark Refn's first big-budget studio film, it's also questionable just how much creative freedom he will be allowed: don't be too surprised if "creative differences" ultimately knock this Run back to the starting line.

Other Upcoming Remakes & Reboots

 Scarface Perry Mason Invisible Man remakesThe films in the list below are remakes and reboots (and a few reinterpretations) that have been rumored for production, but have yet to gain much forward momentum. And there are plenty of them...Click any of the titles below to find out everything we do know about that film:
TAGS: robocop, snow white and the huntsman, superman man of steel, the amazing spider-man, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, total recall


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  1. Can’t wait to see Chris Meloni as a General in this movie!

    • this is a first since he left the svu offices

  2. I’m iffy on wich version of Dragon Tattoo I like more. The remake and the Swedish films are both very similiar, but also very different. I say it’s a tie.

    Snow White and the Huntsman looks interesting. As does the new spider-man. I’m iffy on the Godzilla reboot. It can’t be anyworse than Godzilla Final Wars, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth about the last Hollywood Godzilla film. I’m waiting to hear more about it first. Not looking forward to Superman. Snyder is wrong for the film, and it looks to be a remake of Superman 1 and 2. Another origin? Been there, done that. Donner and Smallville told it perfectly. Zod? Boring.

  3. This was put together really well..that’s about all i’ll say because i don’t usually mind re-anythings to be honest.

    • me neither, i love all films even the crappy ones

  4. A great read and review of what we’re
    about to see that we’ve seen before
    and in just what form it will take.

    I’ll add another special category for
    The Love Ranger — “Renunciation”.

  5. Am I the only one who noticed that the first pic you see of superman his “S” is backwards? I was thinking of Bizzaro at first, (sigh…) maybe the sequel…

  6. Mirror Mirror is just trying to capture the same magic Alice in Wonderland found a couple of years ago and it looks god awful. SWATH actually looks good and is at least trying to provide something new.

  7. I did not know that Johnny 5 was still alive. Great article…a lot of unnecessary re-whatevers in there, but oh well, Hollywood gave up.

  8. Where is Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp. It’s supposed to be opening this May.

  9. Mackie – We’ll add that. Thanks for the catch.

    • i´ve watched evil dead 2 weeks ago,it´s a timeless horror movie. the witches have made me scared even more. it´s acool hardcore horror trip.

    • Question for you: Dark Shadows was a TV show, NOT a movie, in my mind, if you add that show you should add the munsters and mission impossible… but now im just nit-picking

  10. Wow, saw the preview of Mirror, Mirror during before watching “We Bought a Zoo”. Lets just say, i couldnt get into Julia Roberts character in the movie “Larry Crown”. The acting/her acting in this movie looks worse. Soooo NOT going to see “Mirror Mirror”. Excited to see the new reboot on spiderman though, even though it wasnt too long ago the Sam Raimi ones came out. Looks like a fresh interpretation of the character.

  11. I think 21 jumpstreet might be good plus a cameo by johnny depp can’t beat that,also a dredd remake is a must after that disaster movie in 1994.A robocop film is probably cool to reintroduce to the new generation & besides if it sucks i can always throw in the original.Looking forward of course to my precious man of steel & he-man,as far as the rest go don’t really care it is what it is.

    • 21 j.street will be like the starsky and hutch-remake,i don,t remember that 21 was a comedy-serie.

    • Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum? This is going to be terrible.


  13. oh please what up with remakes

  14. i hope this faileds!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. I don’t think Voltron should be considered since it was a cartoon series and not a film. Transformers would have to fall in that category as well :).

  16. Awesome read! I think weekend at bernies is a classic, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a remake!

  17. Have to wait till 2014 to see Godzilla??? that sucks.
    I thought they were getting ready to start production on that
    sometime in 2012.

  18. Woooooooohooo!!!!!!! Put me on board the REBOOT wagon. I’m ready to reboot LOTR, Avatar, GIJoe, and Transformers. Oh yeah, and lets reboot Harry Potter, isnt it about time. You on board with that Rickster? Just kidding. Just havin a little fun with this one.

    • @ happyman

      LOL no reboots yet please!

      I want READAPTATIONS of Harry Potter, not reboots but I dont see that happening in less than ten years.

      • How can you reinterpret Harry Potter?

        • It is possible.

        • Don’t get me wrong, I love the HP movies and defend them to detractors all the time (as an adult with very jaded friends, I have to get in the ring more often than I’d like). BUT there’s a lot of room to add story and themes that were cut or changed and improve in general on CGI, scene (especially outdoors ones), digital grading, and (hate to say it) acting (especially for the kids, from Harry down to Seamus).

          • Imo, I would like to see the 3rd thru 7th movies all redone by Chris Columbus. I liked how he actually payed attention to all the little descriptive details in the books and for me, this attention to detail, mixed with John Williams’ score helped bring the first two books alive for me, especially the first. I also liked how Columbus only took out minute story plots like the character of Peeves (though I was a tiny bit disappointed by that in the beginning lol) and the exclusion of a scene in the book where I’m pretty sure that to get to the stone, there was a potions challenge made up by Snape that where Harry needed Hermione’s help to solve. I didn’t mind that scene exclusion too much.

            Personally, I hated how directors that succeeded Columbus took a lot of liberty with not only the story but the look of the films also. Why is it that every freaking movie starting with the 3rd had to look darker and darker throughout? There were points of darkness and dark themes in the books but they weren’t all like that throughout the stories.

            I will never completely forgive David Yates for completely disregarding the battle sequence and later the funeral for Dumbledore in the 6th one. All of the potential emotion from seeing Dumbledore die went away when they never showed the funeral which was probably the saddest event throughout the series. The ending of that movie did not have the same impact on me as the book did which really annoyed me.

            • Is this a joke? The Columbus movies should be forbidden to anyone above 10 years old. They damage the brain.

        • Two words, “Darker & Grittier” ;)

  19. I think it is a shame that Dirty Dancing is being re-made.The magic of the one and only DD will never be re-captured. All generations have always enjoyed this classic movie.

  20. If anything is to be remade on that list, it has to be Godzilla and Dredd, The 1st ones were awful. Hollywood should remake awful movies or loose adaptations. While I’m in this subject, I vote for Howard the Duck, and Transformers (NO MICHAEL BAY AND MAKE IT IN CYBERTRON).

    • They tried remaking an “awful” movie with Conan the Barbarian, and guess what it tanked! Why would a studio remake a movie that nobody liked the first time?

      • Woah! Arnold’s Conan was good for an 80′s movie. I suggest they remake those things to redeem their stupidity and besides, most of these films are adaptations from comics or tv shows, if a film came along based on them and ended up as an awful movie, then it is only right to remake them and make them better. Not all blockbusters are good movies, that’s why I stated Transformers. The only right thing Michael Bay did in that movie was cast Peter Cullen as Prime. The cartoon series Transformers Prime showed a better story with humans interaction. I do not want to hear that the most memorable adaptation of Godzilla would be the one with Broderick, Nor the BEST adaptation of Judge Dredd to be the one with Stallone.

      • Ghost

        Nicole has a point, take in case the Batman franchise. I need not explain the history of that movie franchise in the 90′s. I also think that Carpenter’s The thing is better than the original. Add Scorsese’s Cape fear, 1986 The Fly, The Ten Commandments (1956)(both Directed by Cecil B. De Mille), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) ( both directed by Hitchcock). Let’s not forget that Ben-hur was also a remake.

        I’m not claiming ALL remakes are better, it’s just that sometimes the original lacks elements that make the movie memorable.

        • the batman franchise was great until they wanted to make the character light hearted.

          • Enter Joel Schumacher.

            • It wasn’t Schumacher’s fault at all. It was WB’s. They were the ones who wanted to make Batman campy and family friendly after Burton went overboard on the dark tone of Batman Returns. Schumacher was only doing what he was paid to do.

              • Yeah, making Batman gayer than the Adam West version (Which I thought was impossible at that time).

              • Well M night Shyamalan had creative authority for the last airbender, look what happened. Talk about Family friendly, Schumacher’s version had a lot of innuendos and crazy Two Face. Also, let’s not forget Clooney’s batsuit. I thought Schumacher’s version was about as campy and awful as the Adam West version.

                If a movie should be remade, then why not? Hollywood isn’t changing its style of remakes, reboots or whatever, it has been done since the 50′s. Look at the examples I’ve shown.

                • Um, Ok….. Schumacher didn’t have creative authority over his Batman films, WB did. And look how they turned out.

                  • Of course he had creative authority, he made the storyline and the batsuit design was his idea, look it up. WB only cares about the merchandise, the directors and writers take care of the movie’s plot and direction.

                    • Go look up the original opening of the film, or the scene where Bruce Wayne loses his memory, or the original ending for Batman Forever. You’ll see that Schumacher knew what he was doing when he made the film, but had to cut the beginning b/c it was too dark. The studio wanted Batman Forever to be light hearted. The same goes for the great scene where Wayne loses his memory after Two-Face shot him. You see? It was the studio’s fault that Batman went campy.

                    • Ghost

                      Hence a reboot was needed. You put too much blame on a studio, they only wanted to sell merchandise about the film. Schumacher made the storyline and the overall result was not a good Batman flick. I have seen the edited opening, the arkham scene, it had a good premise, but the following scenes had a case of bad acting, flamboyant sets, ridiculous dialogue,uninspiring plot (They were trying to rip off the animated series, and failed in it), and misuse of characters (Two Face , Mr Freeze and Bane). I already mentioned the BATSUITS. When Iron Man was made, they took a huge risk with Favreau and RDJ at the helm. The result, the start of the Marvel heroes era. Schumacher’s version was also not kid friendly for a campy movie.

                    • Ghost

                      Just accept that Schumacher’s influence on the film made the movie really bad, aside from WB trying to camp Batman. Look at the Mask, MIB, their comic counterparts are really dark, but the movies were good and even with the campiness, they were fun to watch. Batman forever and Batman and robin were awful to see or hear.

                  • Clooney himself has spoken critically of the film, saying, “I think we might have killed the franchise”

                    • I agree. Batman and Robin is my most hated film. It turned the world’s greatest superhero into a 2 hour gay joke. But what I’m saying is the reason for the fall of the Batman franchise is b/c of the studio. They wanted Batman to go back to being campy. Hence why we got Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. It’s not Schumacher’s fault. He was merely doing what the studio hired him to do…direct the film.

              • Ghost

                A remake, Reboot or re-interpretation is still a movie, it can be a hit or miss depending on the viewer. A lot of films are adaptation of literary works or other forms of media, what is important is how they translate it to film. I understand that there are more bad remakes than good ones and that’s just how the business works and Hollywood is a business.

                • Yes, I’m quite aware of this, but I fail to see how that has any relevance to this conversation.

                  • I am merely commenting about your problems with remakes.

              • Just accept that Schumacher’s influence on the film made the movie really bad, aside from WB trying to camp Batman. Look at the Mask, MIB, their comic counterparts are really dark, but the movies were good and even with the campiness, they were fun to watch. Batman forever and Batman and robin were awful to see or hear.

                • I don’t have to “accept” anything. It’s my opinion, and it’s not gonna change. We’ll just have to agree to disagree.


                  • Don’t be too stubborn, a film is a collective effort, all your blame on the studio is too vague. I state what others have already explained in other review sites, you don’t have to believe me, just don’t state that your opinions are facts of what has happened in the franchise.

                  • Ghost

                    I respect your opinion, the problem with your claim is that you singled out the studio for what happened in the Franchise, it’s not an excuse for the wrong things done in those movies. Just because Schumacher was just doing his job, it doesn’t excuse him of the carelessness he has made and the consequences that would affect his career, he stated that he didn’t know that adding nipples in the Batsuit would be a big deal, now that is carelessness.

                  • Hey Ghost, almost every movie critic blames Schumacher for the overall problem of his batman films, He wrote the story and those edited scenes you spoke of aren’t even that good aside from the Bruce Wayne memory thing. Sure you have your opinions, but don’t make it sound like WB was the only problem. A lot of bad acting, along with a poor plot is usually blamed on the director because he directs the film and tells the actors how to react in scenes.

          • Yeah, when Schumacher took the helm, I thought that Batman was done for at least 10 years, then Nolan came and you know the rest.

    • dredd with sly was fun movie,haven´t read the comics. but i remember in 1998 i was so anticipated for godzilla,but then iwas so dissapointed, it was fun,yes,but not godzilla. it´s good that they reboot it. and my 2nd most superman returns in 2004 i think? i´m also with good hope for man of steel,snyder is one of my favourite directors!

      • LAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Great job putting this together! Well done!

    The only person who will ever come close to Claude Rains’s performance in The Invisible Man is Ed Begley Jr. in Amazon Women on the Moon!

    “Ever seen a shirt make a phone call?” :-)

  22. only problem i had with maguire as spidey is that he was too short. same problem may go with the guy portraying the new superman.

  23. A part of me was hoping to find The Last Airbender on this list. Would love to see that rebooted and done properly this time.

    • Naw, airbender that’s a wrap but they do need a dragonball z reboot,but it’s probably best if they leave it alone because it has to be done right with a great script & great director with a circle of people that know everything about the series.

      • No way anyone in Hollywood either knows or will be allowed to make a movie faithful to the source.

        Just looking at Hollywood’s (and Warner Bros.’s in particular) plans to whitewash all sorts of manga/anime-based movies is evidence enough that any handling of a future Dragonball Z will be a complete, whitewashed mess.

        • I wonder where they’d be able to find Saiyans to prevent the whitewashing…

          • LOL. yeah, i wish they would have cast real norse gods in thor.

        • How could a live-action DBZ movie be anything else than ridiculous, with those haircuts and outrageous powers? If there really is a need for more DBZ, they should stick to animation.

      • mangas like ,avatar,dragonball,and so on should be made in mo-cap,like tintin.

    • The thing about the last airbender is that they hired a director who is on a decline since Signs. I would love to see someone reboot that, and possibly have the writers of the tv series have creative authority in that.

      • … and they should cast accordingly. No more racist, whitewashing nonsense.

  24. Yeah im excited for most of these.
    I have not seen Akira yet, maybe i should.

  25. A few I will watch:
    3 Stooges: Just to see if this actually fools me, and is more than just some dumb pratfall jokes and funny noises.
    Dar Shadows: My favorite show growing up, I doubt anyone can do it justice. I would love to see this work, but am dreadfully scared (that it will be awful). Willie Loomis looks like an ape, the Barnabas character looks like a cross between Michael Jackson, an explosion at a Maybelline factory, and a gay cabaret frequenter, and everyone else looks snaggy, snarly, & grouchy, except for the unremarkable little kids, who are–who? David & Carolyn maybe? I will watch this, I will buy this, but will I bet money on it being a success, until they prove it on the big screen, “Fahget about it!”
    Spiderman: Hopefully this won’t turn into Diaperman. The Lizard is a good choice, but teenagers are too young to effectively fight crime. About all they can do is have a spitball fight in study-hall.
    Dredd: I’ll watch it, as repiticious as the plot may seem, cuz what the heck?
    Man of steel: Sure, I’m watching this cuz I like men in their underwear–NOT!!!! The previous ones have been pretty bogus, but we’ll give this new Superman a try…! Hopefully the plot won’t “Kryptonite out”!
    Lone Ranger: Werewolves? The Lone ranger as a dunce ala new Green Hor-nut? Depp (Dipp) as Tonto as main hero? Oh-Come-On! Lotta doubts here, but ya kinda gotta give this one a watch, you owe it to nostalgia (hope I find some here!).
    20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: you know, this actually might be one of the few that doesn’t “sink”!
    Godzilla: This monster, good in the original “Chop Suey Louis” monster flicks, has been done to death. But you still have some kind of primordial urge to watch each new installment.

  26. Any news on the supposed The Gate remake? I heard Giger was working on it…

    All for Superman and Total Recall (if it actually follows the story, not the movie). I have no idea how Red Dawn or Robocop will work in a modern setting.

    Terrified of the Evil Dead remake. Diablo Cody is talented within her genre; Jennifer’s Body suuuuuucked!

    An American Psycho remake is the worst idea ever!!!!

    And bring back Johnny 5….with Steve Gutenberg!

    • cranium7

      A Psycho remake is the worst idea ever ( Oh wait it already happened, and I survived that abomination)

      Then, a Citizen Kane remake would be the worst ides ever.

    • The gate? Not sure if im talking about the same one but a director put a short film version for his vision of it online ..david SLADE put it on twitter and it wasn’t half bad

  27. Why why why why why why. WAY too many remakes, reboots. Has no one got any original ideas.

    • Not in hollywood.

  28. “The Judge Dredd movie franchise”? What franchise??? It was ONE MOVIE! One movie is not a franchise, it’s a single effin movie!

  29. If the original movie sucked, then I’d say it’s okay to do a reboot (as long as the reboot doesn’t end up sucking more than the original ;))

    So if someone were to say they’re rebooting the original Star Wars or Indiana Jones, I’d punch them in the face, but if someone said they’re rebooting the Punisher or Fantastic Four movies, I wouldn’t have a problem with it (as long as Marvel Studios is doing the reboot of course ;)).

    • Honestly, that idea is what gets on my nerves in Hollywood. If ONE movie in a franchise sucks, then they more or less give up and reboot the franchise. They give up just after one failure.

      • Then why is Nick Cage doing Ghostrider again?