10 Movie Remakes Coming in 2017
Every time a beloved film title receives the remake or reboot treatment, longtime fans inevitably lament about ruined childhoods and declare that nothing is sacred. While we have created our own list of films that should forever remain unsullied by remakes, Hollywood seems to revisit what has worked in the past and repackage it for a new generation of moviegoers every year.
This year, of course, was no exception, as a number of beloved films, franchises, and even television series are getting remade and/or rebooted for the big-screen. While our expectations as to whether or not these projects will actually work varies wildly, let’s run down some of the most notable examples of a film telling a story that has already graced either the big or small-screen at least once before.
1. Kong: Skull Island (March 10)
The king of the apes has periodically returned to theaters ever since his 1933 debut in the original film. More than a decade after Peter Jackson’s straight-up remake of that classic, this adventure takes a fresh approach and is expected to take place exclusively on Kong’s island home.
2. Beauty and the Beast (March 17)
One of Disney’s most beloved animated classics is becoming the latest to receive a live-action remake. While we’re hesitant that the film can stand up to the original, the casting of Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, and Luke Evans as Gaston has us giddy to take another trip to that enchanted castle.
3. Power Rangers (March 24)
In the early-to-mid 1990s, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was nothing short of a phenomenon. Though the series has continued on in many forms since, this new film marks a fresh start for the franchise, as they hope to rein in longtime fans as well as newcomers to the world of Zordon and his “teens with attitude.” Bryan Cranston plays the rangers’ leader, with Elizabeth Banks as the evil Rita Repulsa.
4. CHiPs (March 24)
Michael Pena and Dax Shepard — who also write and direct — slip into the roles of Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and Jon Baker for this adaptation of the popular 1970s TV series about two cops on highway patrol duty. Though the film offers a more comedic take on the material, this approach has worked before.
[Update, 1/23/17: Added trailer, above.]
5. Ghost in the Shell (March 31)
Based on the iconic Japanese manga, this film actually treads terrain already covered in animated form, as a 1995 anime film, a sequel, and an anime television series have been made. Despite the controversial casting of Scarlett Johansson, we’re hopeful that the live-action version does right by the material.
6. Going in Style (April 7)
The latest directorial effort by Zach Braff, this comedy is a remake of the 1979 caper starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. This time, Oscar winners Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin star as the three lifelong friends and criminals. With three such esteemed performers, we’re excited to see this one.
7. Baywatch (May 26)
The assumption in recent years has been that Dwayne Johnson can make literally any film project better. This film adaptation of the campy 1990s TV hit aims to put that theory to the test. Like 21 Jump Street, Baywatch looks to take an R-rated comedic look at the lifeguards led by Johnson and co-star Zac Efron. Original stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson also make appearances in the film.
8. The Mummy (June 9)
One of the classic Universal monsters, The Mummy has been done many times over the years, with the most recent notable example being the 1999 film starring Brendan Fraser. However, this one — starring Tom Cruise — aims to be the first entry in a shared universe introducing characters like Dr. Henry Jekyll, Dracula, and Frankenstein.
9. It (September 8)
The legendary Tim Curry created the quintessential creepy clown with his epic performance as Pennywise in the 1990 television miniseries. Now that story is getting the big-screen treatment for the first time, with Bill Skarsgård slipping into the role that Curry made famous. Andrés Muschietti is working on the film behind the camera.
10. The Six Billion Dollar Man (December 22)
Another television series getting the movie treatment, this one is based on the 1970s show The Six Million Dollar Man (man, inflation is crazy nowadays, isn’t it?). Mark Wahlberg takes over for Lee Majors as Colonel Steve Austin, who is rebuilt with superhuman powers thanks to some ground-breaking technology.
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