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The Remake Report: Hollywood's Do-Overs Coming Our Way
The redoes, remakes, reboots, reworkings and reimaginings headed our way…

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Like it or loathe it, remakes have been happening since the dawn of cinema - The Wizard Of Oz was one; so was His Girl Friday - and show no sign of slowing down, especially in an era where companies are looking for known brands on which to hang ostensibly new films. We thought we’d round up some of the remakes and reimaginings currently in development to get you excited (or worried). We’ve focused on those still stalking the halls of development as opposed to films, like Fox’s Fantastic Four, that are now in production.

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A PROPHET (2009)

A Prophet

The original
Jacques Audiard’s blistering and brutal look at one young man’s rise to power in a French prison grabbed attention quickly following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival. It wrangled violence, ethical comment and astonishing acting together to create something special, while launching Tahar Rahim as a talent to watch.

Now?
Sony announced in June 2013 that it had the rights the remake the film, with Fast & Furious producer Neal Moritz the perhaps unlikely choice to oversee work on the new version (then again, he is prolific in pursuing projects, so we shouldn’t judge on the basis of just one section of his filmography). Little is known about how the American version might tinker with the story, but crime fans were given hope when novelist and Shutter Island/The Drop writer Dennis Lehane was brought aboard to write the script. No casting or directorial choices have been made as yet.
 

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1 The Cannonball Runs Again!
Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler would be perfect as the Griswalds in the National Lampoon's Vacation remake. Don't know why they're not remaking The Cannonball Run. Imagine Matthew McConaughey in the Burt Reynolds part, Jonah Hill in the Dom De Luise role, De Niro and Joe Pesci in for Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, maybe even a Pierce Brosnan cameo sending himself up as 007 like Roger Moore did? That's one remake I'd love to see. (Comedy Arabs would be a big no-no this time around, though) More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday April 23, 2014, 00:20

2 you forgot 6 remakes
wahlberg ...Headhunters denzel ...Secret in Their Eyes rourke ...Mona Lisa dicaprio ...The Chaser will smith ...Welcome To The Sticks deniro Clooney ....36 More

Posted by bill the butcher on Tuesday April 22, 2014, 17:07

3 The Wild Bunch
First off, a stupid idea to remake this (along with pretty much everything else on this list), but didn't Walter Hill do a 're-imagining' of this with the Nick Nolte/Powers Boothe film, Extreme Prejudice? More

Posted by Kev2012 on Tuesday April 22, 2014, 11:09

4 Remake? No, Re-release? Yes!
I'd much rather Escape from New York, National Lampoons, Wargames, The Wild Bunch, and probably a few others were given a re release. Hollywoods attempts to remake Verhoven films also just seem a total waste of everyones money and time, Robocop, Total Recall and Starship Troopers all getting re releases would be much better, his cynical, media, consumerist views just seem to of got lost these days. More

Posted by Roger Roger on Friday April 18, 2014, 16:30

5 Logans Run
Ken Levine is still working on it, he talks about it pretty openly. More

Posted by Bluehawk on Wednesday April 16, 2014, 18:48

6 Lack of comments says it all.
The audience doesn't want any more remakes, reboots or reimaginings. Why would they? More

Posted by Nicky C on Wednesday April 16, 2014, 16:15

7 That's It...?
There's More, and we all know it. More

Posted by Darren47 on Tuesday April 15, 2014, 19:51

8 Ok do I need to shout this...
GREMLINS GHOSTBUSTERS WARGAMES FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK BLACK HOLE GOONIES STAND BY ME ETC...LEAVE THEM ALONE ! More

Posted by logan 5 on Tuesday April 15, 2014, 19:03

9 No ideas.
GREMLINS (1984) - WAR GAMES (1983) Does not move in the classics HIGHLANDER (1986) – I think the original was poorly, as a good story. That the new movie has more energy Doný speek , but The raid, will be a remake, and not yet out of the third saga. Any remake should be done only after 30 years from the original movie, make a law for that. Preserve the creativity and originalinade. More

Posted by eduardo cruz on Tuesday April 15, 2014, 11:36

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"Carpenter. Russell. Plissken. Three names that, when put together, created action movie heaven" - umm I'm going to say "no" Those three names didn't mean action movie heaven when it came to Escape From L.A. in 1996 so I'm not against this remake since there's no way it can be as dodgy as the official sequel was! More

Posted by Mr.Screen on Tuesday April 15, 2014, 05:12

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Highlander? It's beloved clag. More

Posted by Fuzzbap on Monday April 14, 2014, 19:10

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