More Unnecessary Remakes On The Way

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At Screen Rant we’ve pretty much covered every single remake that Hollywood has been planning. It’s not easy but we’ve done our best to keep up. However, this week we almost had “Remake Meltdown” (a dangerous and lethal condition) when we learned that the movie bosses in the City of Angels had another batch of 1980s classics ready to be ruined.

Remakes of action-adventure Romancing the Stone; comedy Arthur and John Carpenter’s They Live are now currently in production.

Continue reading to see how they were, and how they will be?

Romancing the Stone

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A light hearted action adventure in the mould of Indiana Jones; starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. The original film was a pretty decent hit, grossing $76 million back in 1984. It was the first hit film to be directed by Robert Zemeckis.


Eagle Eye‘s Daniel McDermott will write the script. No other talent is attached at this point, but it’s clearly another example of 20th Century Fox raiding their old properties.

With the Eagle Eye writer onboard – could this be a franchise in the making for Shia La Beouf?


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A  1981 smash hit  Oscar winning comedy starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli and John Gielgud (who won an Oscar). Moore stared a a drunken millionaire who falls in love with a woman of limited financial means – leaving his fortune hanging in the balance.


Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) will play the drunken millionaire.  Brand is currently meeting with writers to knock out a script for the film that is currently in development at Warner Bros.

John Carpenter’s They Live

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A 1988 cult sci-fi satire starring Roddy Piper as a badass construction worker who unwittingly uncovers an alien invasion plot. The film is a lost Carpenter classic.


John Carpenter will Executive Produce (read: pick up a check), while Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman will produce the film. The company has a remake/sequel/prequel to Carpenter’s The Thing in the works, and they recently were behind the Dawn of the Dead Remake.

Here at Screen Rant we’ve established the Top 5 Rules for Movie Remakes, and with the possible exception of They Live, none of these pass the test based on what we know so far.

Romancing the Stone and They Live have a special place in my heart and my DVD collection. Has Hollywood really run out of ideas?

This has to stop!

Let the rebellion begin!

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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  1. Well we’re giving away the original “Day the Earth Stood Still” here on the site. :-)


  2. I loved the original DTESS. I’m still not sure about seeing this one in the theaters.

  3. Well greenknight, enjoy your free will while you can. Something tells me we will have much less of it in the near future. Call me psychic if it happens.

  4. @Ken J

    Open that can and this thread will quickly become have the largest comment count on the site. Even though I agree, let’s not. Or did I just turn the opener a little more?

  5. Free will may bite the big one but there will always be a choice.. just probably a bad choice and a really bad choice

  6. @greenknight333
    Thats a good point. My favorite example of that comes from South Park. A couple of years ago they had an episode where Stan’s school was changing mascots, and the kids were supposed to vote to choose who they wanted. The two choices? A giant douche and a turd sandwich. Clearly a nod towards the real life elections we face all the time, yes we have a choice, but the choices are not always good.

  7. @ greenknight33

    if you decide not to choose , you still have made a choice :)

  8. I think Hollywood should focus on remakes more, but only by remaking every crappy movie they released in the last 5 years and this time make decent movies out of them.

    I watched They Live for the first time a few weeks back and absolutely loved it. Did not see any cheese whatsoever.

  9. Remakes are Hollywood’s way of saying we are totally out of original ideas. We have nothing to offer. We are dead in the water so we have to remake old movies. Enough said.