Reboots are in. Well, they’ve been in for a long time now, but they are definitely as popular now as they ever have been. Batman was just rebooted, as was Full House, and X-Files. Hell 24 and Heroes attempted comebacks, and they were only off the air for like a day. Some of the reboots were universally praised (Mad Max: Fury Road), some destroyed the franchise (Fantastic Four, Terminator Genysis), and others just made a billion dollars (Star Wars, Jurassic World).
It’s pretty easy to see why studios love reboots. People will always go, good or bad. Take Disney’s live action Cinderella for example. It’s not that this movie is bad or good, it’s that people will just go see it. Call it nostalgia, call it sharing what you love with your kids, we’ll call it Hollywood knowing how to make money. And there are a million more to come. Anything that you have ever loved in the past will be coming to the big or small screen soon. Here are 15 reboots that you may not have known about.
15. The Legend of Conan
Yea, so after that horrendous flop from 2011 some studio executive was like, “Screw money, Me like Conan lots” and the second reboot in 10 years was born. This movie can be seen somewhat as a sequel to the orginal as it may feature Arnold Schwarzenegger back as Conan, but considering they made the recent reboot starring Jason Momoa, this is once again considered a new reboot. Conan was cool back in the 80s, but it really hasn’t translated well since then. Moviegoers seem bored of the super strong guy with a sword, and most movies in that vein have failed. Fans are more interested in alien movies and the sci-fi genre as a whole, so bringing back Conan may not be too successful.
Weren’t we just talking about how people don’t shell out money for sword fighting movies anymore? Highlander is a cult-classic, but that doesn’t mean it deserves a reboot. The original Highlander was pretty entertaining, but the sequels were extremely terrible. Those sequels didn’t follow the same established story lines and characters, and was just a mishmash of lame action tropes. The TV show was actually a success, so if the reboot wants to follow that story then we will be on board with this. Really it’s just important that the casting director who thought Sean Connery would be believable as a Spaniard needs to stay far away from this movie. Or any movie. Actually that goes for Connery too…
13. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Speaking of Sean Connery… Here’s a movie that desperately needs a reboot. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a fantastic comic that takes famous fictional characters (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, The Invisible Man) and assembles them to protect the world. It’s been called the Justice League of Victorian England. The book is well regarded and critically acclaimed, the movie was not. The plot was awful and filled with gaping holes where characters just chose to do things without any real motive. It was just a total mess. This reboot has an opportunity to do something special and save a franchise. This happens rarely as most bad movies get bad remakes. Will this end up a savior like X-Men: First Class, or a deathblow like Fantastic Four.
12. Friday the 13th + Nightmare on Elm Street
These two franchises are forever tied together, partially thanks to Freddy vs. Jason. Both of these movies were rebooted fairly recently, and they both were surprisingly successful with each film holding the record for opening gross for a horror film at the time of their release. This was in spite of both movies being absolutely panned by critics, though the critics were right in this situation. Despite having fairly good casts featuring the likes of Oscar Nominee Rooney Mara, Danielle Panabaker of Flash fame, these movies were a collective mess. It’s no surprise that studio executives took one look at how much the two terrible movies made and thought, “Let’s do that again!” We hope that both franchises have successful reboots so we can see another Freddy vs. Jason, maybe this time in space.
11. The Crow
It seems like The Crow just will not go away. The 1994 movie has become a cult classic thanks to its extremely dedicated fan base. It spun off into a failed TV show and had a few sequels, even though the lead actor was killed on set during the filming of the original. The reboot of the franchise has been a production nightmare as it was supposed to begin production in 2011 with Bradley Cooper set to star. Then it got pushed back because of legal issues and then Cooper dropped, leading to the announcement that Marc Wahlberg was going to take the role. He didn’t, so the role then was passed to Luke Evans, who then also dropped out. Jack Huston was cast and also dropped out in the same year. After all the casting changes (and even more director changes) Relativity Media (the production studio for the film) went bankrupt in 2015, leading to another stall in production. Filming was set to begin in March 2016 with Corin Hardy set to direct, but he dropped out too. Relativity Media is desperate to keep this film alive, but it looks like it’s in total limbo as no one will work with them.
10. Uncle Buck
Uncle Buck might now be best known as the John Candy movie that kick-started Macaulay Culkin’s career. The movie is about the loveable slacker, Buck, who learns how to take care of his neices and nephews after their parents go out of town. It’s a tale full of borderline child abuse including a scene where he throws his neice’s boyfriend into the trunk of his car. So naturally executives immediately made a sitcom about Buck as he gets full custody of the children when their parents are killed in a car accident. Needless to say the show was cancelled in it’s first season. ABC picked up the reboot staring Mike Epps, which is stated to be more along the lines of the movie. The biggest difference is John Candy looked the role of a drunken slob with a heart of gold, Mike Epps is a gorgeous man who dates and marries gorgeous women, not quite the same.
9. The Naked Gun
In an attempt to keep Ed Helms relevant, Warner Bros. have casted him to star in the upcoming reboot of The Naked Gun. Maybe they’re on to something, or maybe they just didn’t learn their lesson from the failed Vacation. The Naked Gun was so effective because of the star Leslie Nielsen. His charm and deadpan style of comedy is one of a kind and something that will be nearly impossible to replicate. That’s why picking Helms, a man who banks on large emotional reactions and songs to make people laugh, is a curious choice. David Zucker, the films original director, has actively distanced himself from this reboot and even told Yahoo Movies that he isn’t a fan of the casting choice stating that he’d prefer someone who has never been in a comedy to star. Whatever you prefer, Ed Helms will be staring in the reboot, but the question of who is going to play O.J. Simpson’s character, Norberg, remain.? Our money’s on Aaron Hernandez.
This is one of those reboots that hits us right in the childhood. Taking a concept that was so great and “reimagining” it doesn’t always turn out so well, like Russell Brand’s Arthur. Other times it’s wildly successful, like 21 Jump Street. With Jumanji a ton will be riding on who they choose to star in the movie. Initial reports had that this movie would be a sequel starring Robin Williams (rip). Obviously they can’t just replace Williams so they chose to go a new direction with the movie. The studio started on the shaky note by tabbing director Jake Kasden (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape). If he follows his past formulas and casts Cameron Diaz in this film, there’s a good chance no one will go see it.
7. Flash Gordon
Since the failed 2007 Syfy show, a new Flash Gordon movie has been in the pipeline. In 2010 it was confirmed that Fox would be rebooting the franchise with Flash Gordon 3D. Unfortunately the 3D element is all that has really been confirmed. We have to reserve judgment until casting, but typically the films have been marred with racist Asian stereotypes from the character Ming The Merciless (who has been exclusively played by white men, including the Oscar nominated Max von Sydow). This very offensive, yet very important character in the movie lore needs to be handled tastefully if they hope for the reboot to be a success.
6. The Mummy
Tom Cruise is rumored to take the lead in the reboot of The Mummy franchise, while Sofia Boutella is expected to play the mummy. Unlike a number of other reboots on this list, the casting is fantastic. People like to knock Tom Cruise for being insane, but he’s definitely one of the best action stars making movies now. His Mission Impossible movies almost never miss, and Edge of Tomorrow was fantastic. Boutella on the other hand was awesome in Kingsmen: The Secret Service, and is having a breakthrough year as she will also be in the new Star Trek film. Jake Johnson of New Girl is also expected to play a supporting role (most likely the comic relief like in Jurassic World). We are actually pretty excited for this one. On another note has anyone checked in on Brendan Fraser in the past few years? Can someone make sure that he’s ok? We miss him…
5. King Kong
Recent Oscar winner, Brie Larson, will be headlining the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. It will also feature the likes of John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson. The cast list is awesome, but so was the cast for 2014’s Godzilla and that was… decent. These two movies are leading up to the epic Godzilla vs. Kong expected to be released in 2020. Many things worry us about this film. Notably we fear that this movie will be rushed out and created as filler to prepare moviegoers for Godzilla vs. Kong, like how Thor was for The Avengers. Second, the promise of the sequel means that Kong will probably not die at the end of the movie as he classically does in the original. We don’t know how they’ll choose to circumvent killing the monster, but it could prove to be a major issue.
A Zorro reboot has been speculated for years now. It keeps getting approved and canceled over and over. Finally we now know for a fact that Zorro will be coming back to theatres soon, with a post-apocalyptic twist. That’s right the upcoming Zorro Reborn will be taking place in a future world after it has been destroyed by… something? Obviously we don’t know yet. Producers are trying to say that this version of Zorro will be like the Dark Knight, a grittier version of a beloved character, which actually sounds pretty cool. A number of other Zorro movies are rumored to be in development (including a crossover with Django Unchained, which sounds terrible), but Zorro Reborn is the most appealing, as it is a Zorro world we have never seen before. Also it allows for content that is more than just a dude with a sword as we have already knocked that concept a number of times in this article.
Yes this is a live action reboot of the Disney movie about a flying elephant. There are two logical responses to hearing this news. The first is thinking “that doesn’t sound particularly good, movies with live action talking animals normally bomb, but I’ll wait until I see how they handled The Jungle Book.” The other response is, “Flying elephant? Hell yeah!” Both are equally acceptable. With the live action remakes of Disney Classics coming out, it’s no surprise Dumbo made the list, but what is surprising is who’s behind the idea. Tim Burton will be the leading mind for this reboot, and seeing how he handled Alice in Wonderland, we should expect something different than the original film. A darker and twisted Dumbo movie will sell tickets, but it’s hard to imagine it being any good. Remember, it was a great movie for young children, and maybe it should stay that way.
2. Charlie’s Angels
First a failed sequel, then a massively unsuccessful TV show, and now we will be getting Charlie’s Angels for a third time. Sigh. There’s a reason that this concept hasn’t translated to today’s audience, mainly because we respect women now. When Charlie’s Angels was first released, it was a time when a smack on the bum was a way to say “thank you” to your secretary, and a woman in the work place was a novelty. It was pretty bad. We’ve progressed a ton since the 70s and now we just don’t care about trying to live in that time. The recent TV show did try to move away from this idea, but with so many people already associating the title with the sexist show that it once was they just refused to tune in. A movie about a team of super spies who all happen to be women is a great idea, why does it have to be Charlie’s Angels?
Yea this is a direct sequel to the 1987 movie, and Arnold may also be returning for it in some form (this is beginning to sound very familiar, see Conan). But after the terrible Predators movie from 2010, this is an attempt to reboot the franchise. From the very accomplished Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon and Iron Man 3), we are going to be getting The Predator in 2018. With the idea that they might bring Arnold back, fans have the idea that this movie will go back to it’s roots and have bad-ass action heroes taking on the killing machines known as Predator. This is a huge relief after having to watch Topher Grace and Adrien Brody in Predators. Side note: why do people think Topher Grace belongs in action movies? We don’t know what this reboot has in store for fans, but are very excited. Who knows, with all the extended universes, maybe we’ll get Batman Versus Predator. Probably not but we can dream.