A while back, audiences were up in arms about a trend that was sweeping the nation. It was called the remake. It originated in Hollywood decades ago, and it had become a huge turn off to moviegoers. In order to keep remakes alive, while pleasing audiences they decided to switch it up. Instead of remakes, studios are now producing reboots, which aren’t nearly as “bad” because they feature different actors, and the stories are tweaked to fit the times. Through our research, we’ve discovered 10 reboots that are currently in development or in production. Some of them you might know, some of them you might not be familiar with.
Let us school you on the latest coming attractions…
10. Red Sonja
Last Big Screen Appearance: 1985, Red Sonja
- Premise: Red Sonja starred Brigitte Nielsen and Arnold Schwarzenegger and centered on a female warrior, equipped with a magic sword, hellbent on revenge against an evil queen responsible for murdering her family. Red Sonja was pretty much the Conan the Barbarian with eye shadow.
- The Reboot: A new film has been in development for the past few years. Rose McGowan was set to star with Robert Rodriguez directing, but due to production delays both dropped out. The latest actress rumored to play the title role is Amber Heard whom producer Avi Lerner claims “is the new Red Sonja but she doesn’t know it yet.” Perhaps, he should fill her in on this decision?
Last Big Screen Appearance: 2000, Highlander: End Game
- Premise: Highlander originally starred Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, a Scottish Swordsman and immortal being who travels the world kicking ass and taking names. The film is known for its famous tagline “There can only be one,” yet we know that’s not true because there have been multiple sequels and TV shows featuring different “highlanders” with his same powers. Can you say false advertising?
- The Reboot: Summit Entertainment has hired Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg to pen the script for the Highlander reboot, which Justin Lin is set to direct. The woman who brought us Bella and Edward is being paired with the man who’s directed several Fast and the Furious sequels — this can’t be good.
8. The Crow
Last Big Screen Appearance: 1996, The Crow: City of Angels
- Previous Premise: The Crow was based on the comic of the same name and centers on Eric Draven, a young man who’s brutally murdered by a group of street thugs. Instead of dying and staying dead, he’s resurrected by a crow, and is given supernatural abilities, which he uses to hunt down each of his killers.
- The Reboot: The last time we checked, Mark Wahlberg had been offered the title role in the reboot, but the actor declined (whew). Stephen Norrington was also set to direct but he dropped out a couple months back. Supposedly, his version of the story was first set in the southwest then in Detroit, and then back again. We have no idea what all that traveling has to do with The Crow taking revenge.
7. The Muppets
Last Big Screen Appearance: 1999, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
- Previous Premise: The Muppets are a group of animals and monsters created by Jim Henson and his company that date back to the 1950s. There have been multiple films and TV shows created that center around the famous characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great, and Rizzo the Rat just to name a few.
- The Reboot: Jason Segel wrote the screenplay for The Muppets with Nicholas Stoller and co-stars in the film, which is set to hit theaters November 23, 2011. It’s directed by James Bobin, and features the introduction of a new Muppet named Walter. We’re not sure if Walter will have the star power or pizazz to hang with the established Muppet characters. He better not come in and ruin the dynamic.
Last Big Screen Appearance: 1998, Godzilla
- Premise: Godzilla is the famous Japanese-created monster that looks like a combination of a whale and a gorilla. He’s known for terrorizing cities and fighting other monsters, who are equally scary and ugly as himself. He first hit the scene in Japan in 1954 and crossed over to America a year later.
- The Reboot: Gareth Edwards is on board to direct the reboot of the new Godzilla, which will be distributed by Legendary Pictures. It makes sense that the director of Monsters, would be the one chosen to bring the king of beasts back to the big screen. Hopefully, this version will erase the bad memories left by Roland Emmerich’s 1998 take (shudder).
5. Jack Ryan
Last Big Screen Appearance: 2002, The Sum of All Fears
- Premise: Jack Ryan is what James Bond would be if he was on the books, worked for a legit government, and had a paper trail. Ryan in the protagonist of a series of political novels written by Tom Clancy, each of which centers on a high pressured job that always has to do with government corruption, some type of bomb or military device being detonated, a virus, or an attempt being made on the president’s life.
- The Reboot: Paramount has Chris Pine attached to play Ryan in a new film tentatively called Moscow. The studio hired Anthony Peckham to pen the screenplay, which will center on Ryan as a financial advisor to a billionaire who sets him up to take the fall for a terrorist plot to destroy the American economy. What did we tell you? This guy is always in some kind of trouble!
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Last Big Screen Appearance: 1992, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Premise: Kristy Swanson starred as the title character in this Joss Whedon created vampire flick that centered on Buffy Summers. She’s a teenager, who discovers she’s the latest in a long line of slayers chosen to defend humans against vampires.
- The Reboot: The theatrical version of Buffy was a box office bomb but the TV spin-off was a hit that ran for 7 seasons creating a diehard fan base. Warner Bros plans to capitalize on that a new feature. Producer Charles Roven, said “this is not your high school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough, and sexy as we all remember her to be.” Those words don’t make us confident in their vision. They better ease up on the sex appeal and remember that this is a chick who can break someone’s back, while staking them in the heart.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Last Big Screen Appearance: 1993, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2007, TMNT (animation)
- Premise: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are self explanatory. They are exactly what the title suggests. They were turtles who were mutated by a mysterious ooze, which caused them to grow at a rapid rate taking them from babies to teens. They were found and trained by a giant rat named Master Splinter, and given names of legendary artists: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael.
- The Reboot: Michael Bay and his production company Platinum Dunes will produce the revamp of the property, which will be written by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. We’ve heard that the premise will remain the same as the original but the famous character design will be altered to be more edgy. In other words, they’re going to get rid of the amazing Jim Henson suits that we’ve all come to know and love.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man
Last Big Screen Appearance: 2007, Spider-Man 3
- Premise: Peter Parker is a wisecracking kid whose life changes forever when he’s bitten by a radioactive spider. He becomes stronger, faster, and more agile over a short period of time. After his Uncle Ben is murdered he’s filled with rage and decides to fight crime as the vigilante hero Spider-Man.
- The Reboot: The new Spider-Man started off as another sequel to the Sam Raimi series, but was scrapped by Sony due to creative differences. They decided to give the entire franchise a makeover by rebooting and starting from the beginning with a different cast and director. Andrew Garfield will play the title character in the film directed by Marc Webb. Mary Jane’s out, Gwen Stacy’s in, Uncle Ben’s back, and Spider-Man will use mechanical web shooters in this version. The Amazing Spider-Man is slated to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.
1. Superman: Man of Steel
Last Big Screen Appearance: 2006, Superman Returns
- Premise: Superman is based on the comic of the same name that centers on a man from the planet Krypton, who has extraordinary powers due to his body’s reaction to the earth’s sun. He has super strength, speed, ice breath, x-ray vision, and did we mention he can fly?
- The Reboot: The last time we saw Superman, he was an absentee father and love lorn hero in Superman Returns. This time, he’ll be played by another actor and hopefully have his mojo back. Warner Bros hired Zack Snyder to direct Man of Steel, which Christopher Nolan is executive producing. Henry Cavill will star as the title character, replacing Brandon Routh from the previous film. This incarnation is said to be rooted in a darker, more realistic world with no connection to the previous installments. Man of Steel will debut in December 2012.
What reboot are you looking forward to the most?