In the fashion world it’s generally recognized that things run in cycles. What was popular in the 1990’s will probably rear its head again in the 2020’ or 2030’s, if not sooner. The same goes for Hollywood. Movies that were good in the near or distant past will inevitably be remade by someone trying to spark that same fire again. Sometimes a remake is done well: King Kong, Dawn of the Dead, Ocean’s Eleven and True Grit to name a few. Others have been disastrous mistakes and are quite often totally ignored by fans of the originals: Superman Returns, Planet of the Apes, Poseidon and Dirty Dancing, for example. We thought we would weigh in on the topic and give you some of the films we would like to see remade one day.
The Never Ending Story: This is one of my children’s favorites from when they were young. This was well done at its time of creation, but it was 1984. I would like to see the adventures of Bastian and Atreyu in the filming style and with our advances in special effects. We’ve come a long way in almost 30 years. Leo Howard from Kickin’ It would be my top choice for Atreyu. He’s been in a few things including the young Snake Eyes in the first Joe movie, and I have been impressed with his versatility.
Zorro: Since I was a child I have been a fan of Zorro. I used to watch reruns of the 1940’s series and sit in amazement at the swashbuckling style of this hero. On Saturdays for a brief time I was privileged to the cartoon. In the mid-80’s I caught for my first viewing Zorro the Gay Blade. Though making it a comedy, I still have it as one of my favorite comedies. Then in 1998 along came Antonio Banderas and his version. LOVED IT! I had to wait 7 years for the sequel, but was just as pleased. Then… he vanished. I would love to see the mask and sword be picked up once again.
Hulk: I have yet to see an entire Hulk movie all the way through. They’ve done remake after remake, with the same poor results every time. I’ve seen parts of multiple versions, but they never kept my interest. However, I loved the Hulk in The Avengers. Mark Ruffalo has proven that he can do an awesome job as the Hulk. He’s signed up for six more Marvel Movies, including Avengers 2, but they haven’t announced a Hulk movie yet. Will those all just be cameos? Hopefully not!
John Carter: This movie should have been better and would if they had kept to the book.
The Burbs: Tom Hanks would still have to be in it.
Eragon: As a long-time fan of the books, I was thrilled when I heard there was going to be a movie. Imagine my disappointment when the final product was a piece of mockery that makes 80’s horror movies seem realistic. That’s what happens when you throw a first-time director into a New York Times Bestseller at a time when Hollywood seems pretty keen on ruining good books.
X-Men prequel: In X-Men: First Class the relationship between Magneto and Xavier was way off. They are supposed to be friends for years but instead they’re together for a half hour and then Eric turns on Charles, which is way off of everything else we know about the two. I like James McAvoy as Charles, but I really didn’t like their choice for Eric, which made the film even worse.
The Goonies: I’m sure most of you reading this are thinking, “Nooooo!!!” I’m almost there with you. There are certainly some films that should be deemed “untouchable” in terms of remakes. In fact, I’m leaving Princess Bride off my list for that reason. However, I think Goonies can be remade and done well for today’s generation. A reboot is more than doable for this one as well. Josh Brolin or Sean Astin could return as the husband/father losing his home. The rest of the cast could have some light-hearted cameo roles. Only problem is I’m not sure young-Hollywood today has the chops to make this good the way young-Hollywood in the 80’s did.
Hoosiers: I know I know, another classic that shouldn’t be touched, right? There was a run of sports-themed inspiration stories in the late 2000’s and I was just waiting to see a trailer for the remake of Hoosiers. Most of those remakes were okay. Kind of the same underdog story over and over again and to a large extent that’s what a remake of Hoosiers would be. I don’t know who you get to play the coach. Gene Hackman delivered a nearly impossible to reproduce performance in that role. You probably don’t want to embellish on the love interest with the teacher much more than the original did. And finding a bunch of white boys who can shoot a jumper and act would be difficult… I think I just talked myself out of it. LOL
Enemy Mine: I wish this were on cable more, but mostly I wish to see a revamp of it on the big screen. Much like Tres’s comment on Never Ending Story, it would be cool to see what terrific special effects after nearly 30 years could do for a story like this. It’s a bit lesser known, even in movie-buff circles, but Enemy Mine stars Dennis Quaid as a soldier who crash lands on an alien planet and has to cooperate with one of the inhabitants, his enemy, to survive. They develop a friendship, he takes care of his kid, yadda yadda yadda… do it again!
Well don’t let us hog all the opinions, what movies would you like to see remade one day?