80s Movies the remake

January 29, 2010 12:58pm CST
I was born at the start of 70s and was fortunate to get into movies at the start of the 80s, the greatest decade when it came to teen movies. But I am getting worried. Why, because it seems that Hollywood are so short of ideas that they are being forced to mine the wealth of movies from the 80s. In 2008 we had the Indiana Jones sequel, this year we will see a remake of "The Karate Kid" in the form of "The Kung Fu Kid", a sequel to "Wall Street", "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and there are already productions going on for "Ghostbusters 3" as well as plans for "Gremlins 3" plus the much anticipated "Tron" sequel, "Tron Legacy" is scheduled for release later this year. If that wasn't enough there are rumours of a reworking of "Mannequin" as well as "Weekend at Bernies", god knows why. Where is all this going to stop, are we going to see further remakes and sequels in the form of "Splash 2", "Big Again", "Ferris Bueller Pulls a Sickie" and "42 Candles" as a follow up to "16 Candles". But whilst I am concerned over the pillaging of great movies from the 80s there are some I wouldn't mind seeing getting a 21st century update or sequel. I would love to see a new "Back to the Future" done with 3D effects, although that one is seriously unlikely and wouldn't mind a reunion sort of movie for "The breakfast Club" catching up with the detention class in adult life. So is there any movie from the 80s which you would like to see get a sequel or a 21st century update?
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@katsmeow1213 (29039)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I really liked the newest Indiana Jones movie! Now I must admit.. I was born in 80, so a lot of those 80's cult classics were lost on me. I never saw 16 Candles, or Goonies, or the Breakfast Club. I had not seen the first 3 Indiana Jones movies, so we rented them before watching the most recent one. I'd also love to see them make another Back To The Future.. they could probably get all the original cast members too, but they'd better hurry because Christopher Lloyd is getting up there in years and Michael J Fox has that Parkinson's issue which won't be getting any better as time goes by. I'd also love to see the next Ghostbuster's and Gremlin's installments.. those will be awesome!! A movie I'd love to see them make a trilogy of is Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure! Could you imagine how insane that movie would be if they made it with today's technology?
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30 Jan 10
There's only one thing to say to that "Bodacious". I wouldn't mind seeing another Bill & Ted sequel especially with both Keanu and Alex having grown up since, seeing them don their dude accents again would be most excellent. If you still haven't seen them then I would definitely recommend watching "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles" because they are still very good movies, actually pretty much anything John Hughes did in the 80s is still pretty good fun.
• United States
30 Jan 10
That's what I was thinking too! So I had this discussion with my husband last night, bringing up all these movies you've mentioned, and my thoughts of them. He's about 5 years older than me so remembers the 80's a lot better than I do. He actually says that at one time they did consider making another Back To The Future, but that Michael J Fox could not film it due to his disease, he can't stay still long enough. That is why he had to stop taping Spin City. If he can't stay still long enough to tape a half hour show, he certainly can't film a movie! Such a shame.
• United States
29 Jan 10
Indiana Jones had his predecessors in ALex Quatermain and other heroes of that ilk. None of the horror of the 80's could have existed without the monster flicks of the 50's. The big difference is branding. Sure Kung Fu movies existed a good twenty years before Karate Kid, but a certain number of tickets will be sold to this new version, just based on our familiarity with the theme. Hollywood has always borrowed, from novels, from life, from Shakespeare. King Solomon, over four thousand years ago said two things in regard to this: "There is nothing new under the sun" and "To the Writing of Books There is No End" if both statements are true, and I believe they are, then we are bound to rehash a lot of old material. I like remakes, because they are the best chance I have at being surprised in the movies. Most movies are so formulaic that you can practically predict the ending and the cast of main character types from the trailer. At least in a remake the artists are forced to rethink and tweak the original just enough to keep us on our toes. Being the father of 8 I loved the new Indianna Jones , could've done without the stupid ending though, because it allowed me to introduce my kids to my favorite movie "Raiders" in a way that meant something. As to whether they will "trash" our old favorites, they are still there for the watching on DVD and Netflix and other places, so enjoy them without comparison is my recommendation.
@MJay101 (711)
29 Jan 10
I think the recent slew of poor-quality sequels is a symptom of Hollywood's lack of ambition and creativity. Hence, not only do we get inferior remakes of 80s classics, we also get big budget, special effects bore-fests like Avatar, LotR and the Star Wars prequels, all of which are frankly miserable. Gregory's Girl and The Breakfast Club (and Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Sure Thing, etc.) are classics and would be infinitely worse for a remake - in my opinion. Why not just watch the original, and lament the decline of modern cinema? That's what I do.
30 Jan 10
Hi MJay101 many thanks for joining in and I whole heartedly agree with our assessment of Hollywood and the detrimental effect they have by remaking 80s movies. Trust me I lament the decline of modern Hollywood with their effects laden excuses for a movie which fail to even provide the slimest of storylines. I just wich someone would come along and inject some fun back into movies giving us storylines which are focal to the movie rather than a vehicle for inept comedy and CGI effects.
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
All those movies you mention are all great so i am into it in the approval and the revival of the said movies is one way to relive the past glory of those favorites scenes which could even be improve with the application of the latest technology. It is one way to let the younger generation know the past movies and they could relate on it story which is quite delightful to the past audiences before the modern cinematography is introduce. I could not add anymore, as you already mention those blockbuster films which in the future, I wanna like to watch with the modern features, new casting and the background scenes being new and with added twist to the script it gonna be fabulous. I just couldn't wait it being shown in my favorite movie theater as soon as possible.
• United States
30 Jan 10
I think that sme movies should stay in their original format although I am open to seing a remake every now and then.
29 Jan 10
The Goonies would have a good sequel
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
30 Jan 10
That's a great one! I would like to see that one done too.
@l33tgirl (289)
• New Zealand
29 Jan 10
Wow, I wasn't aware all those movies were being remade. I'd also like to see a remake of back to the future, although I loved Michael J Fox in it and I'm not sure I can imagine it with anybody else. I'm looking forward to seeing the remake of Footloose.
30 Jan 10
Hi l33tgirl, I'd completely forgotten about the planned remake of "Footloose" partly because it's gone quiet on that front and partly because I am a huge fan of the original so not looking forward to it. There's been so many rumours of casting difficulties with people drawing out that I am wondering whether it will ever get made. As it stands they plan to release sometime in 2011 but I wouldn't be surprised if it got moved back.
• United States
29 Jan 10
I'm a little older than you, but I did love the movies from the 80's. I'm actually looking forward to the Wall Street sequel as they always kind of left it open for another movie. I got a chuckle out of your suggestion for a sequel to 16 Candles - it would have to be because Molly Ringwald is no teenager anymore. That's one of our favs we can watch over and over again.
30 Jan 10
Hi wildcatsthree and many thanks for your response. In a strange way I am looking forwards to the Wall Street sequel as it was also one of my favourite movies from the 80s, but hate the fact they've cast Shia LaBeouf in it. I seem to end up watching more 80s movies these days including "16 Candles" than modern movies and often think that some of them would be great for a sequel.
• United States
3 Feb 10
i think there might have actually been a splash 2,scary as that is i guess a remake of tron wouldn't be so bad..but i honestly wish hollywood would stop remaking movies.it seems every other one now is a remake,and it shows a lack of originality to me.not to mention they're not always better. "son of ferris bueller" might be funny if they did it right. they could have another generation tormenting that principal.
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
i was born in early 1980's but i don't like movies in the early 80' because im not a teenager on that time so cannot understand the movie even if i watched it. but i really do love the movies in 1990's-2009 cause i can understand the movie.
@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
30 Jan 10
There have been a lot of remade movies..some with great results and then others were very disappointing. I think that The Breakfast Club would be great and maybe a couple of the adventure movies like another responder mentioned..The Goonies.
@Thiala (101)
• United States
30 Jan 10
First off I want to say that even though I love 80s' movies this concerns me too because it's like Hollywood can't come up with anything new and original movie wise . That being said Brett Easton Ellis's book Imperial Bedrooms is a sequel to his book Less Than Zero and it's supposed to come out later this year and be turned into a movie in 2011 and I'm really looking forward to both of the book and the movie version because Less Than Zero is my favorite Brett Easton Ellis book and I love the movie version of it too .
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
29 Jan 10
I don't like remake. I like fresh ideas. Some movies are hard to remake. Some actors are not replaceable. I like new 3D effects, but it takes much more to create good movie.