9 Movie Remakes and Reboots You Didn’t Know Were Coming
Hollywood has always loved a remake and it looks like that’s not set to change anytime soon. Over the next year or so, a slew of reimaginings and reboots are set to hit the big screen, including this this year’s much-buzzed about Jumanji. Here’s a closer look at some of the new movie remakes coming our way.
1. Beauty and the Beast, March 17, 2017
Directed by Bill Condon, the upcoming live-action remake of the 1991 animated film of the same name stars Emma Watson as the charming young Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast who takes her prisoner in his castle. Despite her fears, Belle learns to look beyond the Beast’s exterior to recognize the true heart of the human Prince within. At the same time, a hunter named Gaston (Luke Evans) is on the loose to take Belle for himself and hunt down the Beast at any cost. Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, and Audra McDonald also co-star.
2. Ghost in the Shell, March 31, 2017
The live-action remake of the manga series of the same name stars Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, a human cyborg who along with her task force work to thwart cyber criminals and hackers. They must face off against a nefarious computer hacker who will stop at nothing to sabotage Hanka Robotic’s Artificial Intelligence. Pilou Asbæk, Michael Pitt, Takeshi Kitano, and Juliette Binoche will co-star in the movie.
3. Scarface, TBA
Antoine Fuqua, director of the Denzel Washington classic “bad cop” movie Training Day and also of the aforementioned The Magnificent Seven remake, will reportedly helm Universal’s new Scarface. The project is still in early development, so not many details have been revealed. However, according to Deadline, the movie will move the story of power and corruption from Miami to contemporary Los Angeles.
Jonathan Herman penned the most recent draft of the story, while Paul Attanasio and David Ayer wrote previous versions of the film. This will be the third iteration of the crime classic, following the 1932 flick with director Howard Hawks and star Paul Muni and the 1983 version with director Brian De Palma and Al Pacino.
4. Jumanji, July 28, 2017
The re-imagining of the 1995 film of the same name will feature a star-studded ensemble cast, including Dwayne Johnson (who also serves as a producer), Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas. According to Johnson, the movie will pay homage to the film’s original star, Robin Williams. Jake Kasdan (Friends With Kids, Bad Teacher) will direct the upcoming project.
5. It, September 8, 2017
Despite several delays and the departure of original director Cary Fukunaga, New Line Cinema is officially moving forward with its two-part adaptation of the sprawling horror novel by Stephen King. Gary Dauberman will rewrite the script originally penned by Fukunaga and Raymond Palmer. Director Andres Muschietti will replace Fukunaga to helm the It remake, which will feature Tim Curry as the notorious clown, Pennywise.
6. The Crow, TBA
Jason Momoa is in negotiations to star in Relativity Media’s remake of The Crow. Per Mashable, the Aquaman star is eyeing the role originated by the late Brandon Lee in Alex Proyas’s 1994 film. There’s been some uncertainty surrounding the status of project as of late, following Relativity Media’s bankruptcy and conflicting reports regarding the involvement of director Corin Hardy.
7. Splash, TBA
As recently revealed, Disney is in discussions with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment to develop a reboot of Splash, one of the production company’s early classics. The remake, written by Maria Lewis-Ryan, would reportedly star Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell.
The original film follows a young man who reunites with a mermaid who saved him from drowning as a boy. He falls in love with her, not knowing who or what she is. The new version will gender-swap the roles, with Tatum playing the mermaid who saves Bell as a girl only to reunite with her years later. A projected timeline for production has not been revealed.
8. Big Trouble in Little China, TBA
Last summer, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) signed on to star in a remake of John Carpenter’s classic action flick, Big Trouble in Little China. The 1986 film is reportedly one of The Rock’s favorite films and the actor himself reportedly pitched the remake with Seven Bucks Productions partners, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia, to rights-owner Fox, which released the original film.
As revealed at the time, The Rock is expected to take over the role originated by his Furious 7 co-star, Kurt Russell. Like the original film, the remake will center on American trucker Jack Burton, who gets caught up in an epic battle within San Francisco’s Chinatown district. As initially announced last year, the remake is set to be scripted by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. No projected start date for production on the remake has been revealed, but it’ll likely be a while before it kicks into gear, given The Rock’s busy schedule.
9. Charlie’s Angels, TBA
It doesn’t seem like it’s been long enough since the Charlie’s Angels franchise pursued a reboot, but that’s exactly what’s happening. As announced earlier this year, Elizabeth Banks — who made her directorial debut with the successful Pitch Perfect 2 — is set to direct the new version. In addition to helming the film, Banks will also produce the film with producing partner and husband Max Handelman. Casting has yet to be announced, as has the film’s screenwriter.
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