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The 1990s family film remakes that need to happen #Jumanji


The latest 90s family classic getting a make-over is Jumanji, the 1995 adventure film which starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt and saw an ancient board game come back to life and begin to wreak havoc in a small American town.

The new version, entitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is part-remake, part-sequel, part-reboot which sees a group of high-school kids who are drawn into a video-game version of the Jumanji where they become the avatars they choose - played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. And the new film got us thinking: what other family films from the 90’s could be primed for a remake? Here are just some we thought of...

The Addams Family

They are still creepy and kooky but it has been a long time since we had our last invite to the Addams Family home. The two films, released in 1991 and 1993 respectively, were directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men In Black) and starred Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia as Morticia and Gomez Addams.

While the first film was a huge success, the second didn’t quite hit the same heights. Word of a remake has been talked about ever since, but in the last year or so, many posts on social media have begun the discussion as to who could star should a remake happen soon - can you imagine them in the age of Facebook and Instagram?

Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) are the fans choices – perfect casting if you ask us! – so come on Paramount, let’s make this happen!

The Rocketeer

An undiscovered gem if ever there was one, The Rocketeer is still one of the most entertaining films of the 90’s. It tells the story of Cliff Secord, a stunt pilot who discovers a mysterious jetpack that allows him to fly.

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston helmed the 1991 film which starred Billy Campbell, Timothy Dalton and Jennifer Connelly but it disappointed on its original theatrical release. However it has become something of a cult hit across the globe in the years since.

In a world where various forms of heroes are getting their shot, it's certainly a prime moment to resurrect the character with modern effects and filmmaking. Imagine seeing the character rocket across the screen on IMAX? We’re sold already but the last we heard of a possible remake was last summer – let’s hope it comes to fruition!

The Witches

One of Roald Dahl’s most beloved books, The Witches was first published in 1983 before a film version was released in 1990. Nicholas Roeg directed the film, with Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, the evil witch who as part of a secret society wants to rid the world of children.

A story that has frightened and enlightened many in its 34 years, the tale is primed for a revamp just as many of Dahl’s stories have been through, and the possibilities are endless - indeed, the role of the Grand High Witch would no doubt be fiercely fought over by many of Hollywood’s best actresses. Who could you see behind that fake human flesh?

The Flintstones

"Yabba-Dabba do!" - the famous phrase of one Fred Flintstone in the classic animated show that first aired in 1960. It took two decades for a live-action version to make its way to the big screen, with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment producing the film with John Goodman (Fred) and Rick Moranis (Barney) leading the cast.

The film was poorly received by critics but audiences loved it, with a worldwide gross of over $341.6 million making the film a hit before a prequel, Viva Rock Vegas, was released in 2000, only to turn out a huge flop.

With the enhancements in CGI since the film was released, and the show’s lasting legacy, a remake is certainly achievable in the modern blockbuster world - who wouldn’t love to the modern stone-age family back on the big screen?

Small Soldiers

Another very underrated film from the 1990’s, Small Soldiers was something of a hidden gem when it was released in 1998. Directed by the legendary Joe Dante of Gremlins fame, the film told the story of a battle between two factions of action figures, the Gorgonites and the Commando Elite. The movie mixed live-action with CGI to great effect - Kirsten Dunst was art of the live-action cast with Tommy Lee Jones and Frank Langella voicing the leads of the armies.

However, despite some good reviews, the film wasn’t a huge hit ($71 million grossed worldwide) and it is still a film that is waiting to be rediscovered – so what better way than to have a new film, or indeed a sequel? The first was an action-packed, fun, thrilling adventure and if that magic can be replicated with modern techniques, this hidden gem could finally become a smash hit.

Of course, there are many classic films from the 1990’s that could get a 21st-century makeover but all could depend on how Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle performs at the box office this Christmas. But if the filmmakers and indeed cast can pull it off, it could see the floodgates open on some new and exciting adventures made new!

Scott J. Davis is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.