15 Classic Sci-Fi Remakes You Didn't Know Were Coming

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Sci-fi takes many forms. There’s your classic alien invasion, popularized by films like War of the Worlds (1953). Then there’s your time travel adventure in films such as Timecop (1994). Or maybe you enjoy robots taking over the world in films like The Terminator (1984) or voyaging through space in Star Trek? Maybe you enjoyed Starship Troopers but want to see something different, like the upcoming film based on the novel rather than the film?

Some of these classic films will be getting remakes – because why would Hollywood be original when they could simply remake or reboot a franchise that has already proven financially viable? Everyone knows about the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson, but what about the other sci-fi classic remakes that have gone under the radar?

These upcoming sci-fi remakes could prove to be better than their original counterpart. But more than likely, these films will be bombing at the box office and on the Tomatometer. Let’s check out the 15 Classic Sci-Fi Remakes You Didn't Know Were Coming.

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15Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

Based on a comic strip, Flash Gordon has appeared in just about every medium imaginable: live-action and animated television series, radio serials, novels, games and, of course, films. Created by King Features Syndicate to compete with Buck Rogers, the titular Flash Gordon travels to the planet Mongo with Dale Arden and Dr. Han Zarkov. Gordon plans to revolt against the ruler of Mongo, Ming the Merciless, and also has to deal with a love triangle between him, Dale, and Princess Aurora.

Currently, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to a Flash Gordon movie. It is being produced by John David and George Nolfi. The script is being written by Patrick McKay and JD Payne. Sam J. Jones, the actor who played Flash Gordon in the 1980 film, is interested in appearing in the film. Maybe he’ll be getting a cameo appearance? The team is also trying to get director Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) to sign onto the project.

14Logan’s Run

Jenny Agutter and Michael York in Logan's Run

Based on a novel, the original Logan’s Run (1976) takes place in a seemingly utopian society that has a darker side—in order to stop overpopulation, anyone who turns 30 is killed. The protagonist of the story is Logan 5, a former “Sandman” who used to kill those people. Now, he finds himself on the other side, running away from his death. This classic sci-fi film has had numerous people attached to its remake.

Currently, it seems that Simon Kinberg (Rogue One) will be writing and he is producing the movie with Joel Silver. It is planned to be multiple films in an attempt for the studio to make money off a franchise rather than a solo film. There is no word on a director, though previously Carl Rinsch, James McTeigue, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ken Levine (Bioshock), and Bryan Singer were each tapped to call the shots. Ryan Gosling was also planning on starring in the film, but now that seems unlikely.


Akira Vinyl Soundtrack

Another live-action remake of an animated film, Akira has made a lot less headway than Ghost in the Shell. Helmed by Warner Bros., attempts at making the film have gone over about as well as white-washing an entire cast of characters would go down. This white-washing was actually called out previously by Star Trek's George Takei. Ironically, the newest director reportedly involved with the film is Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond). The script was to be penned by Marco J. Ramirez (showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show), but considering the difficulties in finding a director and cast, there is the possibility the project will be handed over to another writer.

Akira is based on a manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. The 1988 film had Otomo behind it and had a cult following. The story takes place in a dystopian Tokyo during 2016. The main characters are Tetsuo Shima, who has psychic power, and his friend who is also the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. Let's see if Hollywood can outdo this anime classic while still staying true to the manga (hopefully if they can't, it'll at least be entertainingly bad).

12Alien Nation

A human and a Tenctonese in Alien Nation

Alien Nation (1988) combined several genres, resulting in a buddy cop movie taking place in a neo-noir science fiction setting. A humanoid species called the "Newcomers" starts to assimilate into Los Angeles, much to the dismay of the populace. The story focuses on a veteran police investigator (played by James Caan) and the first "Newcomer" detective in LA (played by Mandy Patinkin) as they try to solve a homicide. The new film will be directed and written by Mike Nichols (Loving). Nicholas has said it isn't really a remake but is based on an idea of his that he is putting into the Alien Nation film, reminiscent of 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Nicols commented, "Fox called to ask me to do that. I said, ‘No.’ But I had been working on this bigger idea of my own and then I thought about it said, well you know, that’s a good title. And that title could go on to my bigger idea, then maybe I might actually get a chance to get it made." This is rather like a slap to the face for people who want a more direct Alien Nation remake, but while the director won't call it a remake, it could still be considered one. Plus, it'll likely have similar themes to the original, considering how present those are in our society today.

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