Reboots in Movies and on TV


I could probably make an entire online journal totally dedicated to Hollywood's obsession with remaking older movies for a new generation.  I would probably never run out of material.  I shared with you my thoughts on reboots back in 2009,  and now here is my overview of some new "reimagined" stories arriving soon to the big and small screens near you.

MOVIES

Ben Hur - Is nothing sacred? How can they top the unforgettable chariot race in the original starring Charlton Heston?  They will try. 

Carrie - Stephen King has had so many of his horror stories brought to life, and many have already been adapted more than once.  Forget about the failed musical version, the movie with Sissy Spacek is still a classic. Now will see if this new version starring Chloe Grace Moretz will come anywhere close to its quality.
Evil Dead - The franchise is a cult favorite, but will it be as good starting over without Sam Raimi as the director or Bruce Campbell as the star (even though both are still on board as writers and producers)?

The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel has been made into a motion picture a few times, in 1926 with Warner Baxter and Neil Hamilton (the guy who played the Commissioner in the 1960s Batman TV seres),  with Alan Ladd, in 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow (with a screenplay written by Francis Ford Coppola), and on TV in 2000 with Toby Stephens, Mira Sorvino, and Paul Rudd.  Now, director Baz Luhrmann tries it again with Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, and Tobey Maguire.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - This remake of the beloved Dr. Seuss tale can't be any worse than Ron Howard's atrocity starring Jim Carrey. Or can it? At list this one will be animated like the beloved original -- although it will be computer-generated rather than hand-drawn.

I, Frankenstein - The story that launched the science fiction genre continues to fascinate after all these years. This latest version pits the monster in a centuries-long battle against two immortal clans. I wonder what Mary Shelley would think of that.

Jack Ryan - Three big-name actors have already played the role of Tom Clancy's super C.I.A. agent -- Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck. Now, Chris Pine takes his turn in a reboot directed by the great Keneth Branagh. The cast also includes Kevin Costner and Kiera Knightley.

The Lone Ranger - Will Gore Verbinski's remake bring new life to the saga of the masked gunman seeking justice in the Wild West, or will it be an expensive dud? It stars Armie Hammer, Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, and of course Johnny Depp as Tonto.


Man of Steel - Can director Zack Snyder and little known actor Henry Cavill make Superman relevant at the box-office again? The all-star supporting cast includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.

Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare's plays are in the public domain, so it's no surprise that Hollywood keeps tapping into that well to remake some of his more entertaining stories.  This comedy has been made countless times for movies and television, going back as far as 1909. One of the most memorable renditions is the 1993 version directed by Kenneth Branagh. This new one is a modern version directed by Joss Whedon.

Oldboy - Spike Lee tackles a risky remake of a controversial but critically acclaimed South Korean action/thriller/mystery.  Will the original shocking plot twists remain intact? The stars include Josh Brolin, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Olsen.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Danny Kaye starred in the excellent 1947 version. Can Ben Stiller do justice to the remake?

TELEVISION

Beverly Hills Cop - The television series, based on the Eddie Murphy blockbuster movies, will follow the adventures of Axel Foley's son. 

Dodge and Twist - Based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, this won't be a musical like Oliver! but rather an adventurous exploration of Oliver and the Artful Dodger as adults trying to steal the Crown Jewels.

Dracula - NBC is looking to keep the vampire craze alive (or lucratively undead) with this new take on the Bram Stoker classic.
Hatfields and McCoys - History Channel's biographical mini-series was a huge hit, so NBC is tapping into history and making a modern day fictional drama about the ongoing rivalry between these feuding families.
Ironside - Do you remember the original TV series starring Raymond Burr as the wheelchair bound detective? NBC is desperate for a hit so it's trying to bring it back with Blair Underwood as the lead.

Red Brick Road - Syfy is developing this new version of The Wizard of Oz, which they describe as having more of a Game of Thrones feel. I can't wait.

Sleepy Hollow - Fox ordered a pilot inspired by Washington Irving's story of the Headless Horseman. It will be a modern-day supernatural thriller.

The Tomorrow People - Back in the 1970s, this was a popular British science fiction show. Now the CW is attempting to remake it for American audiences (and global distribution too of course).

Wonderland - NBC is trying really hard to boost its sagging ratings. Another show in development is this so-called "sequel" to Alice in Wonderland.

Will any of them be better than the originals, or half as good?


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