There are a lot of people out there that feel that Hollywood has really run out of ideas and imagination. For every fresh and new movie we get, we also get a dozen remakes, reboots, and sequels. If you’re a comic book fan, then movies have never been so exciting as the MCU and DCEU are really stepping up their game and expanding their universe on the big screen.
However, if the superhero genre doesn’t do it for you, then the movie business isn’t looking so great at the moment. This coming year sees a host of remakes, reboots, and sequels hitting our screens with Blade Runner, Alien, and Mary Poppins all coming to a cinema near us soon. But we wonder just how good they will be and ask ourselves, will they be better than the original? Some people out there don’t think it matters whether they will be good or not as Hollywood should just leave movies alone and work on fresh, new ones instead of rehashing the same ones over and over again. While others like to see their favorite movies re-imagined in a new way, only time will tell what works and what doesn’t. Through all these upcoming remakes and reboots, there are a few movies that you may not know are getting the same treatment. Here are 15 movies that are getting remade that you may not be aware of.
The first entry on our list is a movie that put Happy Days actor Ron Howard firmly on the map for movie making and pretty much launched his company Imagine Entertainment. Starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, the original Splash saw Hannah playing a mermaid who saves a young boy from drowning. Years later she comes up on land to find the boy, now a man, and the two fall in love. However, Hank is unaware that she is a mermaid until she is hounded by the authorities as they try to catch her and experiment on her. After its release in the 80s, Splash became a classic romantic comedy.
The new version of Splash is coming from Disney and so far Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell are set to be the stars. Although, unlike the original, the man will play the mermaid who comes looking for love on the land.
14. The Craft
Hollywood is not stranger to sequels and reboots; let’s be honest, every other movie that comes out of Hollywood these days is some kind of sequel or remake. While some remakes work, like Ocean’s 11, others don’t and in fact end up ruining the originals; Ghostbusters anyone? So when we heard that The Craft was next up for a remake, we couldn’t help but panic slightly.
During the 1990s, alternative music and grunge took over the world, so to fit in with that new trend, movie producers went out of their way to put that on the big screen. This resulted in the cult classic The Craft. Following four high school girls who form a coven and start using magic on people that have wronged them, until the magic gets too much and things go wrong, The Craft was a product of its time and in our opinion should stay there. The rumours of the reboot is that it’s actually supposed to be a sequel rather than a remake but still, we can’t see how they can capture the original magic in today’s social climate.
As you will see from this list, no movie is considered safe or sacred for the dreaded reboot machine. The Hollywood way of thinking these days is to go through each decade, run down the list of movies that were released in that decade, and then go and remake them. The next few years, it seems to be the 1980s that is getting this treatment and the cult classic Wargames is next up.
The original Wargames starred Matthew Broderick as a young hacker who gets into the US military’s supercomputer which is programmed to predict nuclear war. Broderick, thinking it’s just a game and simulator, starts messing about with it and almost causes World War III. At the time, Wargames was a game changer in the way that people think about the world, and war, as computers were fast becoming central to everything in the world. Nowadays, technology has advanced so much that this movie seems dated now, so an update in today’s modern world could actually work.
This wacky romantic comedy was a surprise hit when it came out in the late 1980s. Starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Overboard told the story of a spoiled rich girl who falls of a boat and loses her memory. The carpenter who she hired to work on her yacht finds her and then takes her home. In order to teach her a lesson, he convinces her that they are married and she is the mother of his children. Eventually she learns the truth and the two fall in love anyway.
Overboard seems like a bit of an odd choice for a remake but so far Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez have been attached to star and just like with the Splash remake, the lead roles have been reversed and Derbez will play a rich playboy type while Faris will be a single mother who tricks the playboy when he loses his memory.
11. Drop Dead Fred
This early 1990s madcap comedy saw 80s sweetheart Phoebe Cates star as a struggling woman whose life is starting to fall apart as she struggles with her controlling mother, her womanizing boyfriend, and losing her job. After moving back home, Cates finds an old toy that she used to play with as a child, and unbeknownst to her, is home to her childhood imaginary friend. Outcomes Fred, played by the late great Rik Mayall, and he sets about changing her life and injects some much needed fun into an otherwise dull and gray existence.
The movie didn’t do all that well when it was released but has since became a huge cult classic. The remake was actually planned a few years ago with Russell Brand starring as Fred, but since his last movie Arthur bombed badly, the producers are on the lookout for a different actor to play Fred.
The original Highlander took everyone by surprise and became a huge cult hit. It follows the adventures of Connor MacLeod, dubbed The Highlander, who is of a race of people known as Immortals. They span the centuries seeking out other Immortals in which they have to battle and kill until there is only one left.
The movie was shot for a low budget by director Russell Mulcahy, who learned his trade shooting music videos, which is why rock band Queen’s soundtrack is so prominent in the movie. Ever since the first Highlander movie came out, movie executives have been desperate to turn this into a franchise; with several sequels and a TV show already out there, the franchise hasn’t quite worked. So this time around they are tackling Highlander a bit differently and a trilogy is already planned, although no one is attached to play The Highlander yet.
9. Police Academy
That’s right. After seven, yes seven, mediocre, and often disastrous, movies, Police Academy is getting a remake. This movie remake has been circling round for many years now both with the original cast, or at least the one’s that are still alive, and a completely new cast of actors and characters. Each year, it looks like Police Academy is getting closer and closer but something comes along to hold it up, but we can’t hold it up forever!
The original Police Academy, and the only one worth watching in our opinion, sees a group of misfits training to be police officers. The original was a vehicle for 80s star Steve Guttenberg and saw his character given the choice between jail or joining the Police Academy. Once there, the candidates get up to all sorts of mischief and pranks as they learn what it means to be police officers. Out of all these movies, the only thing people remember is Michael Winslow’s amazing talent for making sound effects.
8. An American Werewolf In London
The next entry on our list is another cult classic that is set to make a comeback. Back in 1981, An American Werewolf in London shocked fans with its amazing werewolf transformation scenes, for which it won the very first Oscar for makeup, and quickly became one of the best werewolf movies ever made. To this day, An American Werewolf in London is held up as the standard of what monster horror movies should be.
The original movie saw two American backpackers travelling through the English countryside. They get attacked and one of them dies but the other survives and when the full moon comes around, he becomes a werewolf.
The remake is coming from Max Landis, the son of John Landis, who directed the original movie. Max has been attached to write the script and direct the movie. Not much else is known about the remake yet but we shouldn’t have to wait too long for this one.
7. Logan’s Run
This 1970s science fiction epic has been in talks for a remake for years and now it’s looking like it’s finally going to happen. Set in an idyllic future society in which everyone is happy and life is basically paradise, there is one drawback to this perfect Eden: no one is allowed to live past the age of 30. Everyone is fitted with a light in their hands and when that turns red it’s time for you to hand yourself in and be vaporized. Some people try to run but they are caught by the special police force known as The Sandmen. Logan is one of these Sandmen but when his light flashes, he decides to run. Once on the run, Logan discovers that life isn’t so great and in fact there are plenty of horrific secrets to be discovered.
For its time, this dystopian epic was a groundbreaking movie and became an instant cult classic and smash hit. Over the years there have been attempts to get this remade with people like Ryan Gosling but so far no one has confirmed for sure.
6. The Mummy
The next entry on our list is a movie that will be with us very shortly. The original Mummy franchise, which was itself a remake of a previous Mummy movie, saw Brendan Fraser taking on the old and ancient Mummy. The movies were pretty successful and popular but now Hollywood feel the time is right for an update. After all, it’s been so long since we’ve had a Mummy movie… Oh wait, the last one was only out in 2008!
This version, starring Tom Cruise, is set to be a slightly different take on The Mummy story, although from what we hear, it’s pretty much the same. An old ancient being comes back to life and wants to take over the world. The interesting thing about this remake is that it’s actually the first of a bigger MCU-style universe in which Universal are planning to have all their monsters on the big screen in an interconnecting way. We’re not sure if this can work but it might be interesting and even fun to find out.
5. Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventures
No way! Yes way, we’re afraid. Our next entry has left a lot of us with some severe mixed feelings. Some of us are bursting with excitement to see our heavy metal loving time traveling heroes back on the big screen again, but others are cringing deeply as a remake of this classic movie could destroy everything that was great about it.
The original movie featured Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves playing high school students who get a time traveling phone booth and then set out to have some seriously excellent adventures through time. This movie defined a generation and has more quotable lines than even Austin Powers does! The word is that Bill and Ted 3 will be part remake and part sequel. Reeves and Winter have signed up for the movie and apparently Bill and Ted have to write a song to save the world, but they haven’t done it yet. We must say that if the last Bill and Ted is anything to go by, shouldn’t everyone be living in a perfect society and basically being excellent to each other? We guess we’ll all have to just wait and see.
4. Flight Of The Navigator
Just when you thought your childhood movies were safe, another 80s classic is getting the remake treatment. Flight of the Navigator was a science fiction epic that saw a young boy being abducted by aliens. He is found unconscious, but to his surprise, when he wakes 8 years have passed and he hasn’t aged a day. Everyone and everything around him has changed , all except him. With its use of groundbreaking special effects and a top notch cast, Flight of the Navigator became a huge hit.
For many years, Disney has been trying to get a Flight of the Navigator reboot off the ground. It almost happened a few years ago when director Colin Trevorrow was attached, but he left the project to do Jurassic World and Star Wars. Since then, many directors and actors have showed an interest in this movie. With Disney remaking most of their classic movies, we don’t think it will be too long before this one gets off the ground.
3. The Crow
If there is one movie that has been desperately trying to get remade for years now then it’s The Crow. For at least the past decade, many people have signed on to bring back the supernatural avenger from the grave. Mark Wahlberg, Bradley Cooper, and Jack Huston have all come close but the role has now officially gone to Aquaman himself, Jason Momoa, and an updated version of The Crow will start filming this year.
The Crow tells the tale of musician Eric Draven as he and his partner are brutally murdered by gangsters on the eve of their wedding. On the anniversary of their death, Eric gets reborn as the avenging vigilante The Crow and sets out to make the gang members pay for what they did. The 1994 movie version of the comic book became an instant cult classic, not just for its gothic and macabre take on the vengeance genre, but because of its star Brandon Lee’s tragic death during filming.
2. Escape From New York
Speaking of cult classic movies, the next entry on our list is one of the biggest cult movies around. Escape From New York was set in a dystopian future, well, 1997, which was the future from 1981s perspective! In this future, New York had been turned into a maximum security prison and Air Force One, carrying the president, crash lands into it. In order to get the president out alive they call in soldier turned criminal Snake Plissken, complete with eye patch and a bad attitude, to get him out. The movie, and in particular Kurt Russell‘s Snake, became a monster cult hit and figure.
Not too much is known about the planned reboot, only the director. Robert Rodriguez is set to take charge of the movie. Although we are always unsure when Hollywood tries to remake classic movies, with Rodriguez at the helm, we’re actually excited about this one, providing they can convince Russell to return in some way too!
The number one entry 0n our list of upcoming reboots and remakes is Flatliners. Starring Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Julia Roberts, Flatliners told the story of a group of brilliant medical students who desperately wanted to know what happens when we die. Using their medical know-how, the students take turns trying to kill each other for short periods of time in order to see if they can experience the afterlife. With its strong visual effects and excellent cast, Flatliners became a cult hit.
A new version of Flatliners has been on the table for some time now but recently things have sped up and the remake is set for release this year. With Ellen Page leading the new cast of medical students to their death, Kiefer Sutherland has also been confirmed that he will be reprising his role from the original movie.