At times, giving a new spin to an old film can be fresh air, and at other times, it may be a waste of oxygen. For this list, we are now looking at the movies which have been slated for a remake. Projects which have been stalled are now eligible, but those with a confirmed cancellation are not. Note that the status of the movies are always subject to changes but we do try to go with up-to-date information:
10. “Drop Dead Fred” (1991)
Made for children and families, the production did not appeal to all ages due to its grownup themes. ‘Drop Dead Fred’ follows a woman who sees the return of an imaginary friend from her childhood. This movie returned to the public when Universal had spoken of remaking this with Russell Brand. With 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, Gene Siskel calls is it 1991’s “worst film.”
9. “Cliffhanger” (1993)
This is not a movie for the faint-hearted. Rumors of a reboot with Neal H. Moritz have been making its rounds. Given the original was considered Sly’s best movies this does leave us to wonder if a reboot will be hung out to dry.
8. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988)
If it had worked the first time, why not again? The “Nasty Women”-titled remake will see Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson in August 2018. While there is nothing really wrong with having a girl-powered revision and both of them have been known to provide laughs, one must worry if the movie will become snake oil.
7. “An American Werewolf in London”(1981)
It looks like all iconic horror movies are up for remakes. With an eerie atmosphere, and talented cast, there is little doubt that this reboot will do the original justice. Set to be a modernization of the ‘80s feature, we wonder if the CGI will shoot a silver bullet into a transformation scene which will remain the most iconic shots in horror movies.
While a Russian remake had been produced in 2008, we are now referring to a potential Hollywood movie. With the early 21st century movies about kidnappers getting all their due after a parent fights back against the demands, we wonder what a remake has to offer.
5. “Splash” (1984)
Splash is slated for a redo. As an amusing movie, the original has been cited as a pretty soft spot for people who are fond of Tom Hanks. It is very hard to imagine Tatum as a naïve innocent or even adding anything to a role which was well-played by Daryl Hannah.
4. “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (1994)
While Morgan Creek Entertainment Group had said that they are planning to create a movie which is much more in the spirit of Ace Ventura, they hope hoping it may lead to a series franchise.
3. “Memento” (2000)
This is the story of a man who has an inability to build memories and is trying to solve his wife’s murder. Director, Nolan does not seem to be involved in the remake.
2. “The Birds”(1963)
Whenever we hear a possible remake of a Hitchcock move, we cannot help but think of Gus Van Sant’s version of Psycho. While he might be a master at action, he is not known for slow-burning suspense. The movie managed to build a lot of tension through its imagery and had succeeded in making birds scary as sharks.
1. “Scarface” (1983)
This is an iconic movie and has been quoted and forever with Al Pacino’s amazing and over the top performance. It is pretty hard to imagine anyone else in the shoes of Tony Montana.