Remakes used to be the bane of Hollywood, but ever since Disney has been having success remaking its animated classics in live-action and other classics have been recontextualized for modern times, the remake as a concept has been re-evaluated. It’s not a mark of a bad or lazy movie anymore.
A remake can be just as good as an original movie if it is as thought out and carefully considered and well-executed. As Hollywood continues to run out of ideas, more and more remakes are getting made. So, without further ado, here are 10 remakes coming out in the next year.
The latest of Disney’s many live-action remakes of their animated classics released its first trailer recently. Will Smith’s blue genie wasn’t particularly well-received – and the character has become fodder for all kinds of memes and tweets in the past few days – but then, following up the late, great Robin Williams’ fantastic performance from the original was never going to be easy.
The remake is being directed by Sherlock Holmes and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’s Guy Ritchie, so it’ll hopefully have his signature visual flair. Reports say that Disney wanted the movie to have a nonlinear narrative structure, which is definitely ambitious.
9 Call of the Wild
This adventure movie combining live-action and computer animation about a stolen dog will be the fourth film adaptation of Jack London’s 1903 novel The Call of the Wild. It stars Harrison Ford, Karen Gillan, Dan Stevens, and Bradley Whitford, while the script has been provided by Michael Green.
Green previously contributed to the screenplays for the critically acclaimed movies Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and Murder on the Orient Express. The movie is being directed by Chris Sanders, who previously helmed Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, and The Croods, so it’s safe to say it’s in good hands.
8 Masters of the Universe
It’s about time Dolph Lundgren’s cheesy ‘80s He-Man movie got an update. It was slated by critics and failed at the box office, but it has since become a cult classic. The remake has a reported release date of December 18, 2019. It’s subject to change, since we’ve been given a bunch of different release dates over the years, but this one seems the most likely, since a production schedule has been set for Prague this summer.
A ton of directors have come and gone from the project – including Jon M. Chu, McG, and even John Woo – but the producers seem to have finally settled on Aaron and Adam Nee.
7 Child’s Play
After Cult of Chucky was surprisingly well-received, with an extraordinary 83% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, a full-on Child’s Play remake was announced. The new movie will star Aubrey Plaza as a mother who unwittingly buys the evil doll for her son.
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Hopefully, this won’t just be a pale imitation of the 1988 original, but at least if it is, we’ll still have Aubrey Plaza to keep the movie watchable. Producing the remake are Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, the same team that remade IT into the highest grossing horror movie of all time, so there’s a lot riding on this one.
6 Pet Sematary
The first film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary wasn’t perfect, but it did have a lot of fun, spooky moments that kept it interesting, and the central premise of a graveyard that brings dead pets (and maybe a dead boy) back to life is a rich one.
The second adaptation, due in theaters later this year, was one of dozens of Stephen King adaptations that were rushed into development as soon as IT became the highest grossing horror movie of all time in 2017. In the new version, Jason Clarke plays Louis Creed, while John Lithgow takes the role of Jud Crandall, played unforgettably by Fred Gwynne in the original.
With a cast including Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Danny DeVito, and Alan Arkin, this movie hopes to breathe new life into Disney’s Dumbo. The script was written by Ehren Kruger, who wrote The Ring and a couple of Scream movies, so it might even have a bit of a horror vibe.
Plus, Tim Burton is behind the cameras on this one, so we’re expecting his trademark gloomy, gothic visuals. This won’t look like your average Disney movie. It’ll be cold and weird and dark, and yet it will still be a sympathetic portrait of everyone’s favorite flying elephant – you won’t be able to look away!
4 Charlie’s Angels
This one is less of a remake and more of a reboot, but as a movie with the same title, the same characters, and pretty much the same plot, it surely counts as a remake. The latest adaptation of the popular crime TV series hopes to empower its female leads more than the male gaze-y McG version starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore did.
It even has a female Bosley played by Elizabeth Banks, who is also directing and co-writing the movie. With this focus on women both in front of and behind the camera, this will hopefully be a superior big-screen Charlie’s Angels.
When Black-ish star Marsai Martin was just 10 years old, she brought the idea of this reversed-concept remake of Big to the show’s creator, Kenya Barris. Now, the movie has finally made it to the big screen.
The plot sees tech mogul Regina Hall suddenly finding herself in a 13-year-old’s body, played by Martin, with Issa Rae playing the assistant desperately trying to help her get things back to normal. Martin is also an executive producer on the movie, and at 14 years old, she is the youngest person in film history to hold that title of a major Hollywood movie.
2 The Addams Family
Directed by Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan, the team behind Seth Rogen’s R-rated computer animation Sausage Party, this adaptation of Charles Addams’ paranormal comics will bring these iconic characters to the big screen once again. Initially announced as a stop-motion animated movie directed by Tim Burton, it has evolved into a computer-animated horror comedy that promises to be a faithful adaptation of this unusual source material.
The new movie has a stellar voice cast: Charlize Theron as Morticia, Oscar Isaac as Gomez, Chloë Grace Moretz as Wednesday, Finn Wolfhard as Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, and Bette Midler as Grandmama.
1 The Lion King
Jon Favreau changed the face of Disney’s release schedule with his photorealistic live-action remake of The Jungle Book, which grossed an unprecedented $900 million at the worldwide box office in 2016. After those numbers came in, he immediately signed on to give The Lion King the same treatment.
The movie has a heck of a voice cast: Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, and John Oliver as Zazu. Plus, James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Mufasa from the animated original, simply because no one could replicate his booming voice. This movie is set to own the summer.