The Top 10 Inevitable Movie Reboots

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

batman movie reboot The Top 10 Inevitable Movie Reboots

As we all know, Hollywood is the epicenter of not only fads, but also ripping off copying what works from other studios. We’ve all seen this before many times. One studio puts out a successful movie in some genre and within 6-9 months we see a bunch of movies coming out trying to capitalize on the popularity of the first one.

This phenomenon really took off in the early 1980s, with movies like Star Wars launching a new era in Sci-Fi films (yes, I know Star Wars was released prior to 1980), Superman starting the superhero movie trend, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street giving us the wonderful teen horror genre (at least they were rated R back then). Rambo started the lone hero with enemies that were lousy shots and couldn’t kill him even with machine guns and Porky’s gave us the start of the raunchy high school comedy.

So I suppose it was only appropriate, and a matter of time before Hollywood, bereft of new ideas, decided to re-visit those old gold mines to search for a fresh vein to tap. But now we’re not doing remakes any more… oh no – now the big buzzword is: Reboot.

The first recent film to tackle this concept (and succeed) was Batman Begins in 2005. Warner Bros. took a once successful franchise that had been ruined utterly and completely by descending into tongue in cheek, replete with nipples on the Bat-Suit. As we all know, director Chris Nolan exceeded everyone’s expectations and cleansed our palates of the abomination that was foisted upon us by Joel Schumacher.

Warner Bros. followed this success with Superman Returns, which while it was profitable, was a disappointment to many, and didn’t really “reboot” the franchise. It seems like the next Superman film may actually try to do that (again). We also had the rejuvenation of the James Bond franchise with Casino Royale, which gave us Daniel Craig as the closest thing to the early days of the series and Sean Connery.

The Incredible Hulk reboot didn’t go as well as planned for a variety of reasons including poor marketing and internal conflicts.

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So now that the studios have seen that it’s possible to do a reboot well (as opposed to recent failures like Planet of the Apes and The Pink Panther), the reboot trend is moving full steam ahead. Interestingly, the main target for source material seems to the very same era I mentioned above: the 1980s (give or take a couple of years).

Now technically some of the projects haven’t been reboots – a similar trend that’s emerging is to create an additional sequel to a movie franchise that ended 20 years ago. An example of this was Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – which while successful, was not as huge a hit as Paramount had been hoping for. The fact that the term “Nuke the fridge” has entered the vernacular has more than a little to do with it, I’m quite sure. icon razz The Top 10 Inevitable Movie Reboots

On the “delayed” sequel front we also had Bruce Willis returning as John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard (aka Die Hard 4). While that was controversial due to dropping the rating from the usual R to a PG-13, it did well at the box office and was fairly well-received. We also had not one but two Sylvester Stallone sequels: Rambo and Rocky Balboa, both of which kicked butt IMHO.

Projects ready to hit the screen next year include J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and McG’s Terminator 4. Other “dust off the concept” movies that are in the works include Child’s Play, Hellraiser, Ghostbusters and Beverly Hills Cop 4.

So this got me thinking… what movie reboots/delayed sequel possibilities are out there that haven’t been tapped yet? Now I’m not saying this is a good idea – I’m just saying that I’m betting there are “scriptments” floating around Hollywood for these well-known franchises.

Whether they get made before this trend runs out, I don’t know – but if they DO, you heard it here first. icon smile The Top 10 Inevitable Movie Reboots

Here’s the list, in no particular order:

1. Smokey and the Bandit (1977)

Here’s the movie that made both Burt Reynolds and Sally Field stars and beloved by the public. Just a fun, against the establishment, redneck fun movie.

Logic: Are you kidding me? With Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice-Presidential pick and the whole Liberal vs Conservative angst, the timing for a new version of this couldn’t be better!

2. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

This is the movie that made Aussie Paul Hogan a star. With his low key charm and self-confidence, he became and instant audience favorite. It spawned a sequel which wasn’t bad, but in 2001 they did a third movie which was a stinker.

Logic: Someone needs to make a casting trip to Australia to find a new Dundee – shouldn’t be too difficult… Australia seems to have a good supply of “manly men.”

3. Home Alone (1990)

The original starring Macaulay Culkin and directed by Chris Columbus is a classic. There was one sequel and a failed attempt at a reboot back in 1997.

Logic: It’s been 11 years since the last one, so you know that someone out there thinks “if we could only find the right child actor” they could make a go of this one again.

4. Back to the Future (1985)

Another beloved series, which starred Michael J. Fox and was directed by Robert Zemeckis. While the first two were great, the third left a bit to be desired.

Logic: Yes, this one should remain untouched, but it’s got a brand name, was a big hit for its time and I can just see some new spin on this (no doubt with characters that are annoying instead of endearing).

5. Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

Having been pretty nerdy myself at the time this originally came out, I thought it was hysterical. As usual, the sequels got progressively weaker.

Logic: You could almost argue that with the unending string of teen comedies, this is unnecessary. Well, yeah, it IS unnecessary – but remember we have a known title plus lazy screenwriters (no, not ALL of them, but we know they’re out there).

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6. Rambo (1982)

Logic: Considering the fact that we just had a sequel, maybe some bright-eyed exec will think it’s time to re-cast this with a younger actor. Instead of a Vietnam vet I’m sure they’d be happy to use a black-ops Iraq war veteran as the hero.

7. Porky’s (1982)

If memory serves, this was the first really raunchy high school comedy (yeah, we had Animal House but that was college, big difference, right? RIGHT?).

Logic: See #5.

8. Mad Max (1980)

Mad Max was a little film that gave us the first big screen appearance of Mel Gibson (dubbed horribly with an American voice). Immediate cult classic -spawned two sequels, one good, one not so much.

Logic: You could almost argue that a reboot has been attempted already with this year’s clunker Doomsday. But it’s not really a reboot unless they use the original title.

9. Rocky (1976)

Logic: Similar to #6, Rambo and the same logic applies.

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10. Lethal Weapon (1987)

The original team-up of Mel Gibson as the manic cop and Danny Glover was awesome. Again, each subsequent film was not as good as the one before.

Logic: While there have been many “buddy cop” movies since this one, again we have the “Lethal Weapon” brand name. Definitely reboot material – PLEASE do not bring Glover and Gibson back for this.

Well there you have it: The top 10 candidates for the movie reboot treatment.

So what do you think – do you have any that should be added to the list, or ideas for how any of these should play out?

Thanks to DenOfGeek for sparking some ideas.

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  1. @Gary

    Matrix 2&3 don’t exist. [Waves hand] “These aren’t the movies you’re looking for.”


  2. LMAO Vic, well put…

    “These aren’t the movies we are looking for, move along.”

    I agree, 1 was GREAT and was very unique, but 2 and 3 were just for the money and it was obvious.

  3. I could say the same thing Vic, I’ve read thru your ratings and quite a few of the 5 Star films are (IMO), super craptastic,,, ;-)

    Guess will have to agree that movies&tv shows are subjective?, like I’ve heard you defend more than once on SR, Vic…

    Sorry gang if you don’t like Speed Racer or Matrix 2/3, however I’m not going to say they sucked because Vic, or Ken J, both agree…

    Im getting a little tired of the bashing I’m taking on MY opinions…

    Its not like I’m defending AvP/r or Swing Vote,,,
    Should we all start to make comments on how I think your opinions are suspect because you like this or I like that?

  4. @790

    Group hug…. :-)


  5. Someone said they were going to watch DOOMSDAY? Uh, I just finished it, it sucks.

    Back to the Future is perfect. Please don’t ruin it. The third one is good too, a rare example of when the third installment of a trilogy is great.

    A lot of movies listed here ‘to be rebooted’ are already being rebooted… or sequaled… like… Rambo, Rocky and Lethal Weapon

    Robocop — reboot long awaited and justified.

  6. A Revenge of the Nerds remake was in production 2 years ago but the studio shut it down after looking at 2 weeks of dailes! It hated them. Howard Stern’s production company has a Porky’s remake in the works. I agree that the first Home Alone is a classic and the sequel is pretty good also. Its also amazing that Univesal has never revamped its Back to the Future franchise as it has so much potential!

  7. A lot of people disagree with me,
    But I always thought the original back to the Future was actually open ended .
    If it was succesful, we continue the story
    where we left off and if not we know Marty is still having adventures out there .

  8. Its really too bad ppl are actually accepting this reboot-craze.

    The way things are going (in the near future) all films will be reboots…in 3D,,,,,,,

    I can see future generations scoffing at new material,,,
    (That’s not a 3D/reboot, get out)

    This is a very sad trend.
    “No offense” but when I hear ppl saying, “its time for a Back to the Future reboot”, I have to ask, “why?”
    The original wasn’t good enough ???
    You would rather see a re-run ????
    That’s all these films are.

    The lack of creativitiy in Hollywood, and ever incresing hunger for this crap is pathetic…

    (IMO) the only way to slow this trend is to NOT pay money to see these (reboots).
    Give them the Boot !
    If ppl continue to support these re-runs consider what message your sending to the studios.

  9. I think Back to the Future might be more likely as a “delayed sequel,” but unfortunately they wouldn’t be able to get Michael J. Fox back due to his illness.

    It would also be disconcerting to see an actor that always looked eternally young on screen now that he’s much older, IMHO.


  10. I think there was an animated Back to the Future cartoon.
    It featured the adventures of Doc Brown, and took place on the Time-traveling train.
    I could be wrong.
    Micheal J Fox, is a really great guy. I was lucky enough to meet him. Hope they find a cure !!!

  11. hey 790,

    which 2 shows do you want my opinion on? Fringe and…

  12. Rob,,aah that would be, “Escape from Glasgow” ,,,urh I mean , “Doomsday”.

  13. Man I’ve totally allowed this one to bake. :D

    INK I’ll be sittin right next to ya to watch that B5 movie.
    How about one that resolves the Drak (sp) plague?

    John “Kahless” Taylor; “Lost In Space” just needs a sequel.
    I vote for the title, “Lost In Space Where Are They Now?”. :)
    “Forbidden Planet see 1960′s “Star Trek” pilot..

    ZAH; “Porky’s” , Dreck.. Jesus said, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear!”

    blipvert; “Buckaroo Banzai” now your talking, Earl Mac Rauch
    with David Lynch should co-write and direct.

    Panda; “Flash Gordon” only if they make a satire.

    Zipper Stevens; um, you need to get out on the web more man..;)

    thisgirltv; “Highlander” the movies = under baked baked alaska.
    Scrap and start from scratch. “MST3K” Cloned, by the parents of
    the original. thisgirltv Welcome, don’t be a stranger.

    790; “Star Wars” reboot “Even if he dies his daughter
    will uphold his wishes.” Maybe.. The next generation or
    the next, have a way of surprising their relatives. Don’t
    discount needs vs desires on this either. A Lucas in the poor
    house?? Hey, it could happen, look at the DeLaurentis family.

    saxophone7770; no offense but “Mad Max” + “Borne” movies +
    Bale = channeled wet dream. whose’? Surely not George Miller.
    “Bullet” remake with Daniel Craig. yeah I’d buy that.. :D

    Gary; “I Relly hope they leave Back to the Future alone .”
    790; “Yeah I agree Gary”
    the old man; Trifecta :D

    Johnny-K of Norway; “The Phantom movie ” Yeah, behind you 100% minus the 130 mill of course.

    eli; “I vote for Godzilla!” WoW, its the “Robot Chicken” sketch all over again..

    Gary; “I think rebooting Elektra wouldn’t be a bad idea.” but what about “EleKtra and Wolverine” huh?? :)

    Ken J; about “Matrix”- “1 was GREAT and was very unique” Only if you’ve never heard “the one” about how all of reality is just God dreaming and what would happen if God woke up!

    790; “Sorry gang if you don’t like Speed Racer or Matrix 2/3″
    Don’t let em bait ya man. In 40 years they’ll be saying, those movies were great or we’ll all be dead and it won’t matter anyway.
    “Its really too bad ppl are actually accepting this reboot-craze.”
    Baby boom nostalgia, once it dries up you might not even see a SciFi film for a decade.

  14. I would like to see a fresh take on Spiderman… The Sam Rami/ Tobey Spidey is getting old. Time for a reboot!

  15. @790

    I liked Matrix 2&3 as well, although I feel the first was the best; I thought Speed Racer had it’s moments but overall was flawed (I really enjoyed the racing scenes).

  16. Thanks John,,,
    I found all the Speed Racer fans are posting on Filmschoolrejects.
    Lol,,, 8-)
    Its their biggest post in months.
    Dvd’s coming out tomarrow !!!!!!!
    COOL BEANS !!!

  17. I’ve heard that a remake/reboot of John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club” is in the works. What about other Hughes movies?

    - Ferris Bueller might be good, even though the original is perfect. Maybe Ferris’ son pulls the same stunt?

    - Would anyone dare to tackle the “vacation” movies? Might be enough of them already!

    - what about some of the other Hughes teen-romance/comedies? Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful?, Sixteen Candles (could do a “40 candles?)

  18. I haven’t gone through all the responses….but has anyone mentioned a “GODFATHER” reboot????

  19. @Praveen

    You know, that was actually on my original list when I was considering what to include but I ended up pruning it out.


  20. doubt their will be anymore Rocky Enless it isn’t about Rocky The Champ but Rocky training a New Champ but doubt Sly Go for it. Yeah they never touch back to the future that is a classic. I really think I am going to submit some of my scripts because what happened to new fresh Ideas. The Matrix will not have a Sequel it was always planned as a Trilogy and then the online game to launch the endless story after The Matrix. Love the Matrix and wouldn’t mind another Sequel but I feel the story is done in its film version.

  21. Call me sick, but if AvP can happen why not Terminator vs Robocop? That would be amazing, or at least a proper reboot of those two along with the Alien and Predator franchises. And it’s time for an Independence Day reboot. They should also reboot all the movies Eddie Murphy made in be 80′s, back when they were funny like Trading Places, Coming To America, Harlem Nights. Last but not least, how about a Boyz n the Hood, New Jack City, Menace II Society, and Juice reboots?

  22. I won’t mind a Magnum PI movie as long as Tom Selleck is in it… Tom Selleck is the man.

    • Plus he has the perfect moustache for the role.

  23. Nostalgia for old TV shows causes modern movies based on those TV shows (See: The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, The Brady Bunch, Lost in Space, Star Trek, Dragnet, et al). I think the time has come to move forward in the timeline.

    We should all look forward to theatrical versions of Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Knight Rider, Magnum P.I., and only The Lord knows what else. Count on it.

  24. Johnny-K your idea about X-men I read is gonna happen but as direct-to-Dvd movies X-men Orgins will show the rise of all the other little characters of the movies. Don’t expect to see Hugh Jackman or any of the others in them.

  25. how can police academy be left off? it should be in the top 3.

  26. It’s FIRST BLOOD, not Rambo.

  27. What? No STAR WARS? The Holy Grail of movie reboots. And yes, Lucas will eventually allow it because it will make a boat load of cash.

    • seriously…that is blasphemy… star wars does not need rebooted, UNLESS you’re talking episodes 1-3…for crying out loud make Jar Jar Binks wink out of existence…. seriously… the worst character ever in a movie.

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  29. I always say, “man, if they remake (insert random movie franchise)i’m going to be pissed!” But I always watch it anyway. That being said, i’m going to be extremely pissed if anyone touches the Back To The Future franchise! And if they redo revenge of the nerds, it would be politically incorrect to use the same name. It would have to be Revenge Of The Geeks now days.

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