From Splash to Murder on the Orient Express, here's our list of the Hollywood remakes in the pipeline...
A new Matrix? Granted, this one has been doing the rumour rounds for years, but last week, it was reported by Deadline that Warner Bros are finally bringing the franchise out of mothballs. According to the website, neither Keanu Reeves or original writer/directors the Wachowski sisters, are involved, so this isn’t likely to be The Matrix 4, but instead will be a fresh new take on the story.
An American Werewolf in London
The original An American Werewolf in London is a bullet-proof classic (a silver bullet perhaps?), and so we're super-stoked by the prospect of a remake, especially as it's by original director John Landis’ son, Max (there's talent in them genes). Colour us excited.
Michael Winner’s uber-violent revenge fantasy was vilified on its original release in 1974. A remake has been on the cards since the 1980s when Sylvester Stallone was eyeballing the lead role, but it appears that it’s now Bruce Willis (Stallone’s old Planet Hollywood business bud) that is stepping into the shoes of the great Charles Bronson. Given that the original Death Wish went to five films in the end, has Bruce found another possible franchise for himself?
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
So this one is a remake of a remake since 1988’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was an update of a little known 1964 comedy called Bedtime Story. This time, taking the roles made famous by Michael Caine and Steve Martin are Anne Hathaway (as the smooth, major league con artist) and Rebel Wilson as her down-market rival. It’s also had another name change and will be going out in cinemas as Nasty Women.
Disney hasn't put a foot wrong in their ongoing series of live-action remakes of their animated classics, and if there’s anyone who can do justice to the much-loved Dumbo, it’s director Tim Burton. Not much is known as yet, except that regular Burton muse Eva Green is onboard as a trapeze artist, with Danny DeVito (from Burton’s Batman Returns) as a ringleader named Medici.
Escape from New York
John Carpenter’s other masterpiece after Halloween and The Thing, Escape from New York boasted one of cinema’s greatest anti-heroes in the shape of the eyepatch-rocking Snake Plissken. A remake has been stuck in development hell for ten years now, with Gerard Butler once attached to replace Kurt Russell as everyone’s favourite mullet-haired asskicker. He’s since left the project (“creative differences”), but Fox still seems keen to get it off the ground. Watch this space.
Kiefer Sutherland headlined this 1990 sci-fi thriller about a bunch of medical students who attempt to find out what lies beyond death by conducting clandestine experiments to induce near-death experiences. This Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)-directed remake has Kiefer Sutherland on board for a cheeky cameo. Rumours are that Sutherland will be playing his old character, suggesting that Flatliners will be both a remake AND a reboot.
Murder on the Orient Express
This is the third adaptation of Agatha Christie’s celebrated whodunnit (after the Albert Finney-headlining version in 1974 and a not-so-great TV movie starring Alfred Molina in 2001). This new version has an impressive pedigree and comes with a stellar cast including Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley. Oh, and Kenneth Branagh (who’s also directing) as Belgium’s finest ‘tashed-up ‘tec, Hercule Poirot.
In the original Splash, Daryl Hannah plays a mermaid who falls in love with a man played by (a very young) Tom Hanks. The promised remake will, it’s said, reverse the roles, with Channing Tatum as a merMAN (hands up who thought of Zoolander then) who hooks up with a woman played by Jillian Bell (21 Jump Street). We’re hoping this one makes a big splash at the box office. Sorry.
The Oscar-winning Alicia Vikander takes over from the Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie as aristocratic archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft in this coming-soon remake/reboot. Described by one of its stars as "Raiders of the Lost Ark meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel Victory: An Island Tale", Tomb Raider is being planned as the first in a new series for Warner Bros. We can’t wait for this one.
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