Film and TV

Remakes, reboots and a list of 65 of them to rant about

by on 03/07/2014
 

Before you skip right to the list, stick with me for a minute. It’ll make your outrage even sweeter.

They’re going to remake the Six Million Man. I’m not entirely sure how you can remake a movie of something that was never a movie, but they’re going to anyway. Had the pre-production marketing plugged it as being a “rebuild” then there would have been some humour there.

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The graphics…the glorious graphics…okay, maybe I’m being too harsh…

You could, at a push, class the 1987 made for TV film “The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman” as the movie that’s being remade, but the remake plot is essentially the pilot of the TV show and allegedly the start of a film action saga. Yes, we’re now so entrenched in remakes that we call the first movie in a line a “saga” before its sequels are even written…

Did Hollywood feel that after the dire performance of the Bourne Legacy there was an action movie franchise void, but as the Bourne Legacy is getting its own sequel in 2016 that can’t be it. Perhaps they felt that Sci Fi was being ignored as a genre. But with War Games, Starship Troopers and Escape from New York’s reboots coming within the next few years and the Predator reboot on the horizon, that can’t be it either. It’s even possible that they felt a new action hero was needed, but as Commando, Highlander and Mad Max: Fury Road are all in the works, it’s all kinda hard to swallow that as well.

In fact, it’s all getting kinda hard to swallow. I mean, is Hollywood holding the screenwriters who submit an estimated 50,000 speculative scripts a year in some kind of writers concentration camp we should be campaigning against? Should be carrying plackards with bright coloured lettering on them saying “Welease the Writers”?

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Oh yes, they are…even with Tom Hardy it’s hard to see how it’s not going to take itself too seriously.

If you’ve skimmed already to the bottom of this article, then you’ll have seen the list of 65 remakes or reboots on their way in the next few years, and that’s not including sequels. Just remakes and reboots. Some of them, not even dusty in their Blu Ray cases yet.

Why is Hollywood so determined to just pump out remakes and reboots? Have they seriously forgotten how to be creative? They certainly keep brandishing lawsuits against every Tom, Dick and Harry with a router claiming that Piracy is hurting the creative industries, although we’re at a loss as to when they’re actually going to be creative again.

If I went to work and gave the same report to my boss every day (okay, it seems sometimes like I am) then I’d expect to get fired. You’ve got to keep on producing new work to keep yourself in a job, surely Hollywood has the same issue with its recycled movie SuperHero Reboot 4492?

Well, not really. The problem is, we keep going to see them.

Hollywood is a business, so they’re only going to make what sells, and what sells is reboots and remakes. But to read any comments section about a remake or reboot, you’d think that someone would have picked up on the fact that people are tired of them. So what’s going on?

The problem is two fold. One, the average cinema goer is 14-22, so the chances are that they don’t know War Games is a remake (and even if they did they’d be forgiven for thinking Matthew “I don’t age” Broderick made it last week on a smartphone camera) so from their perspective, it’s something new. This is further compounded by the fact that teenagers tend to go to the cinema alone financially speaking, they might go in groups, but they’re only paying for themselves. So what might be £10 of ticket and £5 of food and drink for them, is £20 of ticket and £10 of food for Mum and Dad who remember the original which was far superior and didn’t need remaking because it was awesome the first time around…classics always are.

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80’s games…questionable replay value

Now while that doesn’t sound like a big difference, it’s enough of a difference to make the cinema seem like an expensive experience and the money is better spent on buying 3 DvDs\Blu Rays that you can keep. So once you start paying your own bills, you’re less inclined to go to the cinema.

The net result is, the people who are voting with their feet so to speak, are the ones who think these are new movies. Ergo, Hollywood makes more remakes and reboots because they sell well.

The second factor, Hollywood is increasingly risk averse. When you’re going to throw $150 to $300 million at something, you want to know you’re going to see that money again, it’s an investment.

So with your shiny new audience and your tried and tested movies, you’ve got a winning formula. Make more remakes.

The issue is, it’s a cycle that can’t be broken. The success of remakes and reboots is such that new movies are shunned in favour of the tried and tested. You can shake your fist and argue that Edge of Tomorrow and Oblivion are new movies, and decent sci-fi ones too so it’s all good for geeks. But are we condemned to a lifetime of Tom Cruise plugging what is arguably the backbone of Scientology at us? (Although with Russell Crow’s recent portrayal of Noah we can only hope that religions are going to kick off with some kind of CGI extravaganza mash up – Point to note, even Noah was a remake, a reboot and adapted from a book…so they’re already a point down)

Go on Tom, you tell those critics...

Go on Tom, you tell those critics…

So until the movies that are currently being rebooted and remade can’t be rebooted or remade for the current audience because they saw them way back in 2014 when they were “new”, long before they had their own kids…hold on…

Flight of the Navigator is being remade, now I saw that as a kid. My Dad took me to the cinema to see it and it was awesome, I’m going to take my kid to see it and he’ll probably think it’s awesome…so in 20 years time is he going to take his kid to see it?

Is the only way to stop reboots mass global sterilisation?

Or is it even more sinister than that, maybe the machines don’t know how to write new movies so they just keep writing the same ones over and over…perhaps we are closer to the last truly original movie than we thought?

Keep a look out for someone offering you a red pill, and if you want to see any new movies, take it.

Until they reboot The Matrix…which is currently scheduled for release in 2017

All those screens show a different Matrix sequel...and none of them are good.

All those screens show a different Matrix sequel…and none of them are good.

 

Reboots and Remakes confirmed in production

  1. Annie
  2. A Star is Born
  3. Pet Sematary
  4. Point Break
  5. The Crow
  6. The Orphanage
  7. An American Werewolf in London
  8. Barbarella
  9. Dirty Dancing (I think my sister still has the original on never ending replay)
  10. The Never Ending Story (Yes, yes I did that…)
  11. Death Note
  12. Drop Dead Fred
  13. Fletch
  14. The Seven Samurai
  15. Time Bandits
  16. Akira
  17. About Last Night
  18. American Psycho
  19. The Birds
  20. Creature from the Black Lagoon
  21. Heavy Metal
  22. Little Shop of Horrors (Alright, it’s a musical that gets remade all the time for the stage but still…)
  23. My Fair Lady (As above)
  24. Romancing the Stone
  25. Scarface
  26. Short Circuit (What the actual f**k?)
  27. The Bodyguard
  28. The Wild Bunch
  29. West World
  30. Flight of the Navigator
  31. Jumanji
  32. Weird Science
  33. Poltergeist
  34. The Toxic Avenger
  35. Gremlins
  36. The Stooge
  37. Van Helsing
  38. The Fantastic Four (Not a sequel, a reboot)
  39. Hitman: Agent 47 (The last kick in the nuts not good enough?)
  40. All of Me
  41. The Black Hole (Which will no doubt have an Alien reboot dropped on it and fail again at the cinema)
  42. Daredevil (Maybe not such a bad idea that one…)
  43. Flatliners
  44. Wild Card
  45. Jacobs Ladder
  46. Logans Run
  47. Mortal Kombat
  48. Police Academy (How’s the bottom of that barrel looking?)
  49. Timecrimes
  50. Tomb Raider
  51. Videodrome
  52. Young Sherlock Holmes
  53. Overboard
  54. Cliffhanger
  55. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Okay, it’s been remade a lot but the point still stands)
  56. Voltron (One can only hope Michael Bay is on vacation for this one)
  57. Perry Mason
  58. The Thin Man
  59. The Invisible Man (A genre that’s ripe for another kicking in the proverbial horse…)
  60. Battle Royale (Because the Hunger Games being a poor mans Battle Royale wasn’t sufficiently poor enough)
  61. Day of the Dead (Ooh, zombies. How original…)
  62. Hellraiser
  63. The Mummy
  64. The Legend of Conan
  65. Private Benjamin (C’mon guys…)

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