Movie Remakes, what should be next

@emeraldisle (13145)
United States
February 20, 2007 12:00pm CST
Doing remakes of older movies and TV shows seems to be all the rage right now in Hollywood. Still there are many they have not done. So if you were a producer or director what older movie or TV show would you like to have done as a remake? Please explain why it should be done. Sell the idea to us :) For myself one movie I'd love to see redone, even though I loved the original, is the Cat From Outer Space. It was such a cute movie about a UFO that crashes here on earth and the pilot needs help in getting his ship working. The problem comes in that the pilot is a cat. As for a TV Show I'd love to see them make a live action of Iron Man. He was one that I really liked as a cartoon TV show and would love to see how they would do with the storyline on the big screen.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Thirteen Women made in 1932 It is a good story, dealing with biogtry, revenge, murder, deception, and is rarely shown. Bedknobs and Broomsticks 1971 great childrens movie, and since there is such an interest in movies with magic it would be nice to see. Really remake Cheaper by the Dozen, this means instead of using the title and creating such complete fiction, write about the Gilbraiths. For reference look up the old movies Cheaper by the Dozen and Bells on their toes with Myrna Loy.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I agree Bedknobs and Broomsticks could be redone with better effects. It got awards originally for it so I could imagine how they could do it today. I did like Cheaper by the Dozen but I agree it didn't have anything in common with the original. It was just the title with a whole new story.
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@nowment (1758)
• United States
22 Feb 07
Yes I was thinking the same thing for the effects with Bedknobs and broomsticks, and with the popularity of magic for kids movies ie harry potter, and narnia it just seems to me a natural choice. For Cheaper by the Dozen I enjoyed the modern movies just didn't feel they had much of anything to do with the original, which was based on the real life family. Same for Your's Mine and Ours, this was a movie based on the real life family but the remake just matched in title and that two families moved in after parents got married.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I agree. I liked Cheaper by the Dozen but you are right it had nothing to do with the original. Now Yours, Mine and Ours, I prefer the original. The new one was just not my cup of tea which really surprised me because I liked the actors in it.
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@nicolec (2673)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Interesting question. As far as an old movie redone, I would like to see Micheal Criton's The Andromeda Strain. It's a great movie and I think with today technology it would be very interesting. As for tv show, that one's even harder. Not really sure which one they should remake. I'd have to get back to you on that one.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I think you are right that it would be able to have much better effects today. Effects have come a long way in the past few years. I know tv shows are harder to come up with. Some I think could work but then I wonder, maybe not. I think a lot depends on who writes it.
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@lithmus (52)
• Philippines
21 Feb 07
What I'd love to see remade is Gone With The Wind. With Charlize Theron playing Scarlet. I cannot think of a perfect Rhett but I think that's it.
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
I don't know about what older movies they should remake, I like nicolec's suggestion of Andromida Strain though. As for TV shows, well The Greatest American Hero would be great (A comedy series about a guy who finds an alien outfit that gives the wearer superpowers). A live action Iron Man would rock too.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
Another thread caused me to think of MacGyver, that'd be great to see a MacGyver movie LOL, but only if Richard Dean Anderson agreed to play MacGyver.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Gee don't know what thread that might have been to remind you of MacGyver :) I think a Greatest American Hero movie would be great. I loved that show. It was one of my favorites as a teenager.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
LOL I don't know what thread it could have been LOL.... As for the greatest american hero, I am just glad to find another person who knows what it is LOL.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I told my hubby the other day that I was surprised that The Sound of Music hasn't been remade. I'm not a huge fan of remaking movies too much but there is one movie that I would like to see remade and remade RIGHT - V.C. Andrews "Flowers in the Attic". I think if they got some good actors and followed the story more closly it would be a really interesting movie. And who knows what could come of it if it did well - the others could even be made from that series! I don't know if I sold it well but I'm sure all the V.C. Andrews fans would agree with me :) PS - never seen Cat From Outer Space. That was a bit before my time LOL - but it sounds interesting (just imdb it).
• United States
21 Feb 07
I just thought of another great movie that could greatly benefit from today's technologies (not that it wasn't really greatly done for it's time) - The Ten Commandments. That was a good movie and could be interesting to see remade.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I agree with you on Flowers in The Attic. It wasn't a bad movie but it could have been done so much better. It would be nice to see it redone but I think to do it properly it would have to be a mini-series. To be able to show all the details that you need to see. If you get a chance to see Cat From Outer Space I'm sure you'll like it. I laugh every time I see it. The whole bit in the pool hall is worth watching it but the whole movie has some great scenes to it.
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@agfarm (930)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think " The Car " ( from the '70's here in the States ) Should have a Sequel. Not necessarily be re-done . This was one of my all-time favorite Scary-movies. The reason it should have a sequel is because at the very end after " the Car" has supposedly been demolished....the final seen is....the tires are on the road again , in a different ( geographically )part of the country ( again ...the U.S. )I'm trying ( in vain ) not to give away too many details of this movie , incase some people have never seen it. But...I'm sure it's destined to be a " cult-classic" much like " the Fog" and all of the " Halloween " Series of movies.
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Wow! That was a very good choice! The Car was one of the most cleverly done "automobile horror" stories of the '70's! I would love to see that one get re-done with todays CGI and live action effects, it would really rock!
@dbeast (1498)
• India
21 Feb 07
The Godfather - A class of its own.
with regard to having a movie redone it ll be tje all time classic "God Father".the movie is simply a class of its own.and a tv show it ll be happy days.who can get cooler than the Fonz.
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@APMorison (424)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I'm always worried when they remake a favorite. Wondering if they are going to do it justice or murder it. I'd love to see a live action Iron Man as well. I am enjoying watching some of my favorite comic book heroes come to the big screen.
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@20031969 (934)
• India
21 Feb 07
i am sorry to response this discussion. since my childhood i have not seen any hollywood movie or tv show. but as far as remake of bollywood movie is concerned, i would prefer to make remake of Deewar which is all time super duper hit and i am die hard fan of Big B. if i am producer or director, definately i tried my level best to fulfil my dream. Secondly TV show is concerned, i remake BUNIYAD which is totally family drama which is acclaimed by critics as well as masses.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I understand. I haven't seen any Bollywood movies so it does make it difficult to relate.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Heheh don't forget the chocolate. Got to have that with a movie. Raisenettes are always good at the movies.
@peaceful (3301)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I would enjoy seeing remakes of the following greats: "The Day After"- This movie about a town after a nuclear bomb blast so shook up it's viewers, that the government sent a spokesperson on TV to reassure the public. "Testament" - Another heartbreaking film about survival after a nuclear bomb's radioactive fallout... I was sent to tears by this film... I'll never forget it. "Trilogy Of Terror"- Great three-in-one horrorfest that starred Karen Black, I still find her "Hot!". "The Dunwich Horror"- A Haunted House Flick that was groundbreaking with it's Hollywood style effects in a made-for-TV movie. "The Dark"- Classic Sci-Fi Horror from John Carpenter... this one came out on the big screen, but never really fit on TV... Too Cool and Creepy! "It's Alive!"- Really scary film about an infant-monster who needs to kill in order to live- the underlying message is about how dangerous pollution is to ourselves and the environment... made me cry, actually. "Wicked, Wicked" - Classic Horror-Mystery combo. Great special effects for it's day... I can think of so many, many more great films, but I'm chaffing to see what the other commenters come up with... I still think that there is still a fine psychic "connection" between lovers of these old films and TV shows, and I want to see how many people "hit" on my favorites, too! Great post! I'm gonna re-visit it often! :)
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
21 Feb 07
Some of those movies I've heard of and seen. I agree some of them could be redone and made even better if done right. I think for some movies with how we can do better effects, different acting styles, and filming techniques they can really do a better job on the storylines then they did originally.
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I am personally annoyed and aggrevated by all the re makes. I am a would-be writer and I get so bothered by the lack of original thought among hollywood writers today. But if I had to choose-Gilligan's Island would be a fun movie to see if they casted it right and wrote it satirically. "With Six you get Eggroll."-Classic Doris Day, Brian Keith film that I loved as a child.
@mdbpineda (219)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
make a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. MOVIE! that will be a good and funny movie.
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
If ever there was a movie in need of a remake, its The Longest Day. This is a classic WWII movie which depicts D-Day on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. With today's special effects this would be a spectacular movie. Of course, the biggest problem would be putting together the cast. The original had over 40 big-name stars! (I would have said Dam Busters as my first pick, but it looks like this will be remade by Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and released in 2008). A television series that needs a remake is something harder to pick. I don't watch a lot of TV (other than sports and CSIs). But I think with some good writing, Get Smart good be successfully reborn. Maybe without the slapstick gadgetry... more like Johnny English with Rowan Atkinson. And you'd have to find somebody who could live up to Don Adams without trying to mimic him.
@kommer (18)
• Spain
21 Feb 07
I think that it would be good to do a remake of the old star wars movies, even though they are quite good as it is, but it would fit in more with the new ones, as they use tecnology that didn't exist when the first ones came out.
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@jkpaid (99)
• Uganda
21 Feb 07
well i would go for iron man coz is aman of steel an will capture the crowds just like clark kent ie smallvile (superman)
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• Canada
21 Feb 07
One that should be redone is the African Queen this was a great one it had bogart and hepburn adn how they tried to sink a germany warship in africa. Remaking it using some of the filming technology out there today woudl make the story adn the movie that much more adn really show the beauty of the area. For a TV show would liek them to do some of the side stories to the Star Wars movies to build more of the characters and there life befroe the movies.
@tomfade (134)
• Norway
21 Feb 07
I really don,t like remakes. This seems so useless to me. There might be some examples of OK remakes, but generally their laughable and a pale shadow of their original film. It strikes me as they are made as a weak effort to make money on something that has proven successful. This is just my opinion, but I feel Hollywood in particular has gone blank with ideas, not "the whole hollywood" but some studios. Like they can,t think of something new, so the already made, just to make it again. I can understand if it,s a foreign film, and hoolywood makes a remake, bacause as I have been given hints on, american are not crazy about subtitles, so that might be ok. But to compare, I think remakes is the same as a "painter" remakes/paints "the Mona Lisa" by Davinci, just to make a sure bet, on creating a new example of something already successfully made. No, instead of remakes, They should put effort in making new films, instead of trying to squeeze old good movies to make new ones and more money.
• India
21 Feb 07
I think the movie "Harry met sally" should have a remake with fresh couple