We love watching the same movie over and over again until we have the entire script recited perfectly. What better way to watch the same movie than with a new rendition 20 years later? Movie studios often remake films rather than take the risk of creating something from scratch. This is extremely profitable for them and enjoyable for the viewers who liked the movie the first time. However, sometimes movies are meant to stay classics, and the reboot can be difficult, resulting in an epic fail. Read more to find recent and upcoming movie remakes.
A remake of the 1992 animated Disney Aladdin arrived in theatres in May of 2019. The film was able to minimize the cultural inaccuracies from the original version and attempted to create a more respectful version of Aladin. But, some people were still not satisfied. Regardless, it surpassed the original in the box office, by making $604.9 million worldwide after a little over two weeks of release. Although the genie and Robbin Williams go hand in and hand, Will Smith successfully filled these large shoes and surprised audiences with his own take on the genie. All in all, people certainly enjoyed the movie, bringing in $1.044 billion in ticket sales globally.
A new generation of private detectives is said to hit the big screen in November 2019. This new film will combine events of the 2000 film and also of the 1970s tv series. Also, both original produces Drew Barrymore and Leonard Goldberg will help director Elizabeth Banks on the project. In this version, Charles Bosley has expanded his company into a global spy agency with multiple teams of Angels completing the most strenuous missions. Also, the name “Bosley” now refers to a rank in the organization, meaning that all the Angeles have a chance to be Bosley. For Banks, the most important part of the film was highlighting the trio working together and supporting one another.
The Lion King
For those who grew up with the film, The Lion King holds a special place in our hearts. It’s only natural we would be a spectacle to hear of a live-action remake of the Lion King 20 years later. The highly anticipated film dominated the box office, yet the reviews remain mixed. To some, the live-action characters made the film feel more real and emotional, while others felt the nature documentary look actually created a divide between the viewers and adored characters. Nonetheless, the cinematography is impeccable and the production successfully captures the notion of realness. If you ask me, I was sobbing in my seat… Anyone else relates?
The Addams Family
Your favorite creepy and mysterious family has been recently resurrected and are up to absolutely no good. But this time with an animated reboot. The movie follows the family as they move to New Jersey and face the realities of the 21tst century. It is scheduled for release on October 11th, 2020 and features leading stars Oscar Issac and Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron. The script doesn’t shy from the original and all characters are expected to be featured. Let’s see if this new film lives up to the 1991 movie sensation.
A Star Is Born
A “Star Is Born” has been remade 4 times with it’s most recent rebirth in 2018, with leading actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Each remake with its own variation still uses the same template and narrative. The 2018 remake adds character development not present in the previous films. Cooper conquers the unthinkable, by directing a remake of a remake, of a remake. Yet, he successfully creates a fresh and compelling performance alongside his remarkable co-star Lady Gaga. The soundtrack will keep you glued to your seats with your ears wide open. You may not have a voice like Gaga, but that won’t stop you from bursting into your rendition of “Shallow” whenever you get the chance.
Netflix is creating its version of the classic story of the Three Muskateers, this time with a tone similar to Mission Impossible. This modern take may be more appealing for some audiences who are not intrigued by the traditional 17th-century setting. For others who stay true to the classic story may find this version offensive and strays too much away from the original story. Many details have yet to be revealed but it will be produced by Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless, alongside Scott Glassgold.
In 2017, ABC made its rendition of one of the most iconic films of all time. Unfortunately for most this long-awaited remake was a huge disappointment. The soundtrack and even major themes did not resemble the original. The central storyline remained the same, however, the chemistry between Breslin (Baby) and Prattes (Castle) was far from sufficient for a film of this standing. On top of that, there’s no way Prattes could live up to Swayze’s famous dancing performance in the original 1987 film. It’s a 50/50 chance when you make remake a film as legendary as this one, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t…
In 1990, The Witches was produced as an adaption of the beloved Ronald Dahl Novel. Once again this story will return to theatres in 2020, starring Anne Hathaway. Warner Brothers director Robert Zemeckis’ will direct and co-write the film, and plans to stick more to the material from the original novel than the 1990 film did. Hathaway will star alongside actors Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock, Jahzir Bruno, Codie-Lei Eastick, and Simon Manyonda. Get to theatres on October 16th, 2020 and let us know what you think of this new reboot!
In June 2019 Lars Klevberg resurfaced the 1988 classic Chucky doll in a remake of Child’s Play. In this version, the dark edge has settled down and Chucky the murderous doll is featured as a doll with all its safety protocols turned off. Essentially, Chucky acts as an AI robot, similar to a walking Alexa to modernize it for you. The problem, the movie is not as scary as intended Sorry to disappoint you horror fanatics, but this Chucky rendition is not as terrifying as its predecessor.
West Side Story
The 1957 musical phenomenon is being remade by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film will hit theatres next December 2020. West Side Story follows a story like Romeo and Juliet amid the 1950’s gang culture set in New York. The film will feature some up and coming actors as well as award-winning actresses such as Arianna DeBose. Spielberg plans to stay true to the soundtrack of Leonard Bernstein and maybe even include some iconic dance performances.
Hold on to your 101 dalmatians because May of 2021 your childhood villain Cruella de Vil is returning to theatres, but this time dressed in all leather. Set in London’s Punk Rock Era, Emma Stone plays the origin story of the evil dognapper.
One of the most iconic film sagas is set for re-release in December of 2021. The original film was made in 1932 with its first remake in 1983, and now its 3rd remake with director Antoine Fuqua. The film focuses on a Mexican immigrant climbing the criminal ladder in California, with “Rogue One” Diego Luna playing the lead.
Tim Burton takes this beloved classic and turns it into a live-action adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1941 animated film. The remake, released in 2019, was not exactly the original but touches on the same beats as the Disney sensation. Screenplay by Ehren Kruger, the movie stars Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, and Colin Farrell.
The newest version of the Grudge is set in America and is produced by Sam Rami, the same producer of the 2004 original film. It is scheduled for release on Jan 3 of 2020, so if you’re someone who pees their pants at the thought of anything scary, I’d recommend staying away from the theatres this New Year.
Coming 2 America
A sequel to the 1988 film, in 2020 Akeem will hit the big screen when he learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda.
The nineties video game adaption Mortal Kombat was not so much of success back in the day. The new film will introduce Cole Turner, a new boxing character, and fan favorites like Sonya Blade, Raiden, and Liu Kang back in action.
Masters Of The Universe
Rumors of an actual film version of Masters of the Universe have run wild for years, but nothing truly set in stone. This December, fans of the adventures of He-Man and the evil Skeletor will be excited to finally see the upcoming film adaptation of Masters of the Universe.
Men in Black: International
These stars reunite for a new rendition of a classic, Men in Black. This time, they’re not protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe. But instead, they tackle their biggest threat to date: a mole in the Men in Black organization.
Originally based on a comic created by James O’Barr, new details have surfaced about the upcoming film adaptation of The Crow. Aquaman and Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa were set to star in the lead role, but other casting details had yet to be announced. The film was set for theatres in October 2019 but then was put on hold.
The 1986 cult classic has been a fan favorite for years, with the late David Bowie starring as Jareth, the Goblin King. There have been rumors about an upcoming script being written by original director Alvarez and Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson.
Terminator: Dark Fate
Directed by Tim Miller, this movie remake features Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human who must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. It is set for release on November 2019. In 1986, the Terminator first said ” I’ll be back” and he was right.
Your favorite Salem witches are returning to the screen. This 1993 Halloween classic is coming back starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Majimy. The film will be a TV movie with an all-new cast, set to air on Disney Channel. Not quite sure how we feel about this…
License To Drive
Producer John Davis and 20th Century Fox are working on a reboot to the classic 1988 teen adventure film, which starred Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, and Heather Graham. This rendition will be a female version of “superbad”
Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell are said to be in the works for a gender-reversed remake of Ron Howard’s 1984 comedy “Splash”. In the original film, we saw Tom Hanks fall in love with a mermaid played by Darryl Hannah. This time, the remake will see Bell’s character fall in love with Tatum’s merman after he saves her from drowning. The movie is still in the early stages and more details will be released soon.