Remakes and re-boots seem to be dominating the box office and often you groan/moan/rant/rage when you hear which film is being remade. More often than not, the original film was fine to start with, so what’s the point in remaking it? Why is it, that studios don’t use their resources to remake bad or disappointing films, films that could have been good, but failed to live up to expectations. Well, here’s my list of the Top 10 films that should be remade.
10) The Island
This film had everything going for it, an interesting premise, a pretty decent script and some good actors. The only problem was that Michael Bay was directing, so cue unnecessary special effects and explosions which turned what could have been a dramatic thriller into a generic action flick. This film needs to be made again, just without the Bay cliché’s please
9) Spiderman 3
Now I’m not talking about a reboot to the franchise, I’m talking about a straight up remake to the third film in the Sam Raimi Spiderman franchise. We, as an audience, deserve a proper conclusion to this series, with Venom done well, a more structured story, no Emo Peter and NO STUPID DANCE NUMBERS!
8) Daredevil/Fantastic 4
20th Century Fox managed to botch up not one, but two Marvel franchises. Daredevil was badly put together with a God awful performance from Ben Affleck, ruining a truly kick-ass character. Then we had Fantastic Four, which somehow made a film about 4 superheroes and one of Marvel’s most popular villains boring! There have been announcements of re-boots and remakes, but as I speak I have no idea which characters are/aren’t reverting back to Marvel studios. These are two great comic series and there is a lot of potential for them to be great movie franchises as well, so fingers crossed we see them on the big screen again soon.
7) Reign of Fire
Dragons, in the modern day, destroying the country and forcing humanity to live in fear and fight for survival in the wilderness, how freaking cool is that? Yet somehow, this movie was terrible, boring and at times just plain silly. How could a premise this awesome be turned into a film this awful? This was not the film we were promised, we deserve a film that is fantastic as the premise suggests.
6) Bram Stocker’s Dracula
I don’t know about you, but I refuse to believe the director of The Godfather made this film. This is the man who directed Brando, Pacino and DeNiro, but yet gave us Keanu Reeves with an insulting British accent? As well as that, the film was all over the place in terms of style, tone, directing and acting. It seemed like a filmic experiment that just went wrong. However, the remake would of course have to keep the original Dracula: Gary Oldman. Why? Because it’s Gary Oldman, that’s why!
5) Alien vs Predator
Its Alien vs Predator……surely you can’t go wrong with a match up like this. Well, you can if your name is Paul WS Anderson. The human characters were simply cardboard cut-outs with one purpose, to be killed off. However despite the fact both franchises have had 15 or 18 certificates, this film was a 12A so the violence was pathetic. Also, when it came to the anticipated brawls between the titular creatures, the camera was zoomed in so close you couldn’t make anything out. Here you have some great material and in the hands of a better director, there is enough to make a fantastic film.
4) X-Men Origins Wolverine
It’s always tricky when doing prequels, especially when it’s a hotly anticipated film around one of Marvels most popular mutant characters. Wolverine promised us all the answers to the mysterious origin of Wolverine that was teased in X-Men and X-Men 2. Instead, it raised more questions such as why does this film exist? The film seemed to ignore the previous X-Men films and seemed to focus more on chucking in fan service mutants with no real care and thought. The character was so well portrayed in the first films and thus deserves a proper origin story than this piece of crap.
3) Alice in Wonderland
Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland, surely that’s a match made in heaven. Hopes were high for a darkly comic, gothic and twisted take on the classic story, but we sadly didn’t get any of that. Instead, Tim Burton sold out with excessive CGI, awful 3D effects, uninteresting characters and the now lazy and predictable casting of Depp and Bonham Carter. This is not the Tim Burton Wonderland we wanted! What we need to do is travel back in time and get the younger Tim Burton to kick this older and awful Tim Burton’s arse in gear. Bad Tim Burton, you go back and try again!
2) The Room
This was a film that got everything wrong: The script, characters, direction, music, camera, EVERYTHING! So, why not have someone try and do it right. Surely there is some material in there to make a good film? Let’s see who’s up to the challenge of turning one of the worst films of recent years into one of the best!
1) The Star Wars Prequels
OK, everyone and his dog has said why they don’t like the Star Wars prequels, and most people have said how the films could be a lot better. The original trilogy was spectacular and loved by generations, but where did it go wrong. Watching the prequels, it’s hard to imagine they are supposed to be telling the same story as the original films, especially when the stories and scripts for episodes I, II & III are some of the worst I have seen portrayed on-screen. With so many fan-edits of the prequel trilogy and comments on how the films could have been good, why not have Lucas listen to his fans, while they still exist, and put some real effort into making a prequel trilogy we can be proud of. Better that, than making more unnecessary and unwanted changes to the original films!
So, that’s essentially my wish list of films that should be remade. Again, if you disagree with the list, or believe there are other films that should be remade then feel free to add your thoughts and films in the comments below.Pin It