Movie Remakes and Reboots

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In today’s movie industry, product is almost exclusively derived from pre-existing material. There are 2 key terms used; remake and reboot. Sometimes they are used interchangeably, but they are quite distinct:

A remake honors its source material and does its best to pay homage to it. A remake could mean a modernization in visual or cinematic style, social relevance, dialogue or theme. Example is Total Recall (1990 then with 2013 remake).

A reboot indicates a complete overhaul of the source material; a reimagining, reconceptualisation into a franchise. The new material may be vastly different from the original material that only the title remains. Planet Of The Apes (1968 and reboots produced in 2011 & 2013) is one.

Having said that, what titles you think are the best (or worst) remakes and reboots?

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Worst remakes in recent memory:


- Old Boy (2013) - Why?

- Point Break (2015) - Nobody cared.

- Total Recall (2012) - Closer to the source material but woefully unnecessary

- The Thing (2011) - The movie is technically not a remake as it takes place prior to the 1982 Carpenter film but I don't know who the filmmakers are kidding.

- Clash of the Titans (2010) - The original doesn't hold up but by the late 2000s, the big swords-and-sandals film were drawn out.

- The Wicker Man (2006) - Nicholas Cage in a bear suit punching cult members and who can forget the bee scene which has been meme'd and parodied countless of times?

Best reboots so far:


- Dredd (2012) - Sadly this film tanked at the box office. This is all your fault, people.

- Casino Royale (2006)

- Batman Begins (2005)

- Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) - Draco Malfoy is a douche


Upcoming remakes/reboots that made me go WTF?!?


- Ghostbusters - Still unclear whether this is a reboot or a continuation, either way the movie lost me when I saw the trailer.

- Jumanji

- Memento - A middle finger to the people remaking this. Completely unnecessary.

- Death Note - No, just no. To be fair the Japanese film wasn't that good but I dread what Hollywood would do to the anime.

- Ben-Hur - This is being directed by the dude who made Wanted and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Wanted was awesome, Abe wasn't. The original Ben-Hur was more than an action film in the swords-and-sandals genre. I doubt the remake would try to be more than anything but.

- Ghost in the Shell - Along with Akira, this has been in development hell for so long and while Scarlett Johansson proved with Lucy that she can lead an action film, I have low expectations with this movie.

- Jacob's Ladder - No

- Seven Samurai - They're going to ruin an Akira Kurosawa classic. They're doing a remake of the Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Lee Byung-Hun, etc. and it looks like a fun movie, isn't that enough?
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Just as expected from you, Sir This_Is_The_End - just another thorough answer! Splendid.

Well first, this topic is a only a matter of preference.. some movies may have a different impact on others (eg. you hating on Total Recall and Clash Of Titans then me by actually liking it). I've seen The Thing, fx wise it's really a good one but then again - don't mess with a John Carpenter classic.

I totally agree with the one you likes. May I add King Kong and Ocean's 11?

WTF for Memento. Ghostbusters, Imma pass too. For Deathnote and Ghost In The Shell - I don't care how many versions they're planning to make but I will always go back with the original. Speaking of The Magnificent Seven, so it will likely be a reboot then a remake. LOL

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Yep, a matter of preference. It's cool to hear other people's opinions even if what we like don't align completely otherwise this would just be an echo chamber and that's boring.


To be honest, I haven't seen King Kong in full. I have seen bits and pieces of the movie in the past sa HBO or some other movie channels but I haven't sat down and completely watched from start to finish so I can't comment on it's quality. I totally forgot about Ocean's Eleven. Yeah, I enjoyed that one. I read in the reviews that it was even better than the original film with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, and co.


Safe to say The Magnificent Seven will not be following the original closely. It will have the same premise and the seven samurai archetypes (the old, world-weary soldier, the newbie, the scoundrel, etc.), the tone would probably be different from the original and the countless homages throughout the years.

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IMOO ... These were the more interesting ones so far...

Little Shop of Horrors - 

Released in 1986, director Frank Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors received critical acclaim and had a solid but unspectacular run at the box office before becoming a huge hit on home media. Based on the off-Broadway musical of the same name by Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, which in turn was based on 1960 low-budget film The Little Shop of Horrors by B-movie legend Roger Corman, Oz’s Little Shop of Horrors is often cited among the best musical comedies of all-time.

While comparing the different film iterations of Little Shop of Horrors isn’t exactly cut-and-dry, it’s safe to say that Oz’s 1986 version is significantly more popular than the 1960 B-movie version by Corman. Sure, the 1960 version is a legitimate cult classic and features an early performance by a young Jack Nicholson, but the later film builds upon the B-movie roots of the original to provide laughs and musical numbers that bring the story to new heights.

Ocean's Eleven -

Director Steven Soderbergh’s well-received heist film, Ocean’s Eleven, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, among others, was a huge success at the box office when it was released in 2001, spawning two sequels and earning critical acclaim. A remake of the 1960 film of the same name by director Lewis Milestone and starring Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Joey Bishop, Soderbergh’s film has been praised for being leaps and bounds above its predecessor.

While the 1960 version of the film featured some high-profile actors of the time, it has largely been dismissed by modern critics as being disappointing at best and boring at worst. Of course, “boring” has never been used as a description of Soderbergh’s remake, which buzzes with energy while being anchored by some of the best actors in recent years. If the 1960 version feels as though it were a generic attempt to get several members of the Rat Pack onscreen in the same film, the 2001 version feels as though the filmmakers and actors have tried to deliver on the fun concept provided by the original.

The Fly -

The Fly, has achieved high notoriety for its gross out special effects and Academy Award-winning make-up, but the film also ranks above its 1958 predecessor from director Kurt Neumann. Based on George Langelaan’s 1957 short story of the same name, Cronenberg’s The Fly stars Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who slowly transforms into a housefly after an experiment goes awry.

Neumann’s The Fly is another example of a 1950s sci-fi film that was strong for its time, but doesn’t necessarily hold up to modern viewings as more than a slice of film history. However, the 1986 remake became a launch pad to international stardom for Cronenberg, while being hailed as the best performance of Goldblum’s career. Named to many top ten lists in 1986, the film has come to be known as one of the best in Cronenberg’s career and one of the staples of the horror genre — especially in the sub-genre of body horror.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers -

Directed by Philip Kaufman and released in 1978, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a remake of the 1956 film of the same name by Don Siegel, with both films having been based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. The sci-fi thriller tell the story of an alien invasion in which humans are slowly replaced by perfect duplicates, devoid of emotion.

Often ranked among the best movie remakes of all-time, the San Francisco-based 1976 remake adds a gritty layer of realism that the original film lacks, while adding strong performances by Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, and Jeff Goldblum. Although the 1956 film remains a staple of the genre, there’s no denying that the film shows it age while the 1978 remake is just as scary as it was at the time of release.

Let Me In -

When it was announced that Matt Reeves, who had only made Cloverfield at the time, was going to remake the Swedish vampire thriller Let the Right One In, fans were expecting another horrible Hollywood remake of a beloved foreign film. But it seems that John Ajvide Lindqvist’s original story was universal enough to cross the Atlantic and be placed in New Mexico in the early 80s. That’s not to imply that Let Me In isn’t a remake of Tomas Alfredson’s 2008 film; it definitely is, right down to how Owen and Abby’s first meeting is staged. Reeves actually used Lindqvist’s screenplay for the original film, which narrowed the book's sprawling story to focus on the relationship between the two kids, as his main source material. While critics embraced the remake, audiences didn’t. The film grossed just $24 million worldwide and only half that domestically.

The Departed -

It might not be Scorsese’s best film or his only remake (don’t forget Cape Fear), but it’s the one that won him his Best Directing Oscar as well as being his only film to win Best Picture. Debates will rage about which film is better—Andy Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs (and the prequel and sequel that followed) or The Departed, but what can’t be denied is that each one is uniquely of its place. Infernal Affairs is a slick, modern, fast and clean version of a Hong Kong crime drama. The Departed is 50 minutes longer, overstuffed (it borrows from the full trilogy) and operatic. Scorsese employs big performances and well observed local flavor to tell a story of a mob mole in the Boston Police Department and an undercover cop in the Irish mob. Many movie fans still prefer the original, but critics say you can’t go wrong with either.

These don't -

Taxi (2004)

This 2004 action-comedy from Fantastic Four director Tim Story deserves the spot as the only one of the films to feature Gisele Bündchen as the leader of an all-girl bank robbing gang, Jimmy Fallon as an undercover detective unable to drive a car, and Queen Latifah as a cab driver who dreams of driving in NASCAR. Taxi is based on a 1998 French film of the same name that was written by Luc Besson and spawned three sequels. While the Hollywood version didn’t lead to any sequels, and found no love from critics, it did gross almost $69 million worldwide, a decent take for a film reportedly budgeted at just $25 million.

Swept Away (2002) Madonna sucks ... if you know what I mean. hehe :D

This remake of Lina Wertmüller’s 1974 Italian film by Guy Ritchie and his then wife Madonna seems ill-conceived from the beginning. How could audiences and critics not embrace Madonna playing a stuck-up socialite shipwrecked on a Mediterranean island with the ship’s Italian first mate? To appeal to modern audiences, Ritchie removes the Marxism and tones down the misogyny, but his stunt casting of Adriano Giannini, son of the original film's star Giancarlo Giannini, doesn’t pay off, so the film is left with two leads who look good in bathing suits but can’t act. The inevitable result was a box office bomb that "won" five Razzie awards.

Black Christmas (2006)

Director Glen Morgan (Willard) fills the cast of 2006's Black Christmas with a bevy of young ladies (Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Crystal Lowe, Lacey Chabert, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead), but it can’t distract from the failure of this remake to reach the heights of the 1974 Canadian slasher classic directed by Bob Clark (who went on to even greater—if tamer—holiday film success with A Christmas Story). Dispensing with the police subplot from the original and adding flashbacks to fill in the killer’s backstory doesn’t improve on Clark's film. Maybe future directors of horror remakes will realize that more gratuitous violence doesn’t necessarily equal a better horror film.

Well... when it comes to upcoming reboots ... These were my bets...

The Craft

A group of high school students form a coven of witches. A remake of the 1996 film,

A Nightmare on Elm Street

A reboot of the 1984 film and the 2010 remake.

Friday the 13th (2017)

The return of the legendary mass murderer Jason Voorhees in the new Friday the 13th.


Plot unknown. Follow up to Todd McFarlane's 1997 film

Private Benjamin

A spoiled rich girl joins the military after her husband dies on their wedding night.


27 years after the incident with Frank and Julia in the cotton home, Kirsty Cotten returns home to attend a funeral of a close friend..


On the planet Arus, five pilots learn how to operate lion robots which come together to form a giant mechanical warrior. Feature film based on the TV series.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (2017)

Captain Nemo explores the mysteries of the ocean deep in his submarine Nautilus. Based on the classic Jules Verne novel.

Weird Science

Two socially-awkward nerds create the perfect woman using a computer.

And two of my all-time favs...

Flight of the Navigator

A child returns after disappearing for over a decade - and the world has aged without him.

Short Circuit

Number 5, one of a group of experimental military robots, undergoes a sudden transformation after being struck by lightning.

Ang korni ko nuh? hehehe :D





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Ginising ng Weird Science ang natutulog kong pagnanasa. 80s Kelly Le Brock was hot af :)

I thought the Hellraiser film they were doing is a new entry rather than a remake/reboot. I'm probably mixing this but I thought I read somewhere na Clive Barker is doing the last Hellraiser book to close the story and that's what the movie will be based on.

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Naku Sir @This_Is_The_End ... talaga naman! Yung VHS copy nyang Weird Science na uwi ng father ko dati kinupit ko at itinago. hehehe. I even bought a Kelly Le Brock poster dun sa may kanto ng Tandem sa Recto. Tapos sa likod ng pintuan ng kwarto ko nilagay para hindi pansin ng mga oldies. Pagsara ng pinto... alam na! :D

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Does anybody had a feeling that Starwars will be rebooted? Solo's Spin-off, Incoming Obi-wan Kenobi's Spin-off... ???



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@Vinno B. Rocha I’m glad you mentioned Little Shop of Horrors in your list. I actually participated in a play and we did LSH. Also, they DEFINITELY need to make a Spawn reboot.

Some remakes/reboots I hope gets made are Gremlins, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey (there might be some Kubrick fans here and yes, he is a legend but I’m just stating I want to see a remake with the technology available today), Escape from L.A., and maybe I’ll throw Beetlejuice in there. 

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