In this day and age, you don’t even need to wait that long for a film to be re-made or an entire series to be rebooted. While some were much-needed (The Dark Knight Trilogy), we are still scratching our heads at others (Psycho, Total Recall). Here are some films that would do well today as a reboot. Box office performance will not be a deciding factor, it is taken into consideration while we focus on how a film would do with modern technology, a better on-screen performance or even a more well-written screenplay.
Cited as the world’s best-selling sci-fi saga, this series is so iconic that in 2009 the moons on Saturn were named after the planets from Dune. The franchise’s first foray to the silver screen was in 1984, with David Lynch at the helm (and, of course. Kyle MacLachlan as the lead). The film, however, was a critical and commercial failure. It made just $30 million in the box office (against a $40 million budget). Critic Roger Ebert gave it just one star and named it the worst movie of the year, writing, “This movie is a real mess, an incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless excursion into the murkier realms of one of the most confusing screenplays of all time.”
Given it’s heavy following, this should be a favorable film for Hollywood to attempt again, especially since there is material for a multi-film arc. They should focus on writing the film to be less confusing to those who have not read the book series.
Admittedly, just about every film based on a video game has been terrible, but Resident Evil is one of the few that came with a solid enough story line that it could have been a successful film. Unfortunately, writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson pretty much went as far away from the source material as possible when adapting the iconic survival horror game in 2002 and then awkwardly tried to tie it back to the source material in subsequent sequels. Much like what happened to Raccoon City at the end of Resident Evil 2, they need to blow the whole thing up.
It may take some time for this reboot to occur, however, as the final installment of the original franchise came out in 2016, but they have ample material to make multiple films that are closer to the original source material and while the film franchise has its flaws, all of the movies were commercial successes, so the fan base is there.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
This 1961 film has become iconic over the years, specifically due to Audrey Hepburn’s beauty and the posed photo of her dressed up and holding a quellazaire, but this film has also aged horribly over time due to the producer’s decision to cast Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi, Holly Golightly’s (Hepburn) Japanese landlord. Rooney, who is not Asian, sported a bucktoothed, squinty-eyed look that was basically a caricature of the Japanese that was panned immediately.
While rebooting this film will be a tall order, it is a necessary one and hopefully Hollywood doesn’t make the even bigger mistake of whitewashing the role.
Depending on your gender, your experience from watching this movie can be completely different. Seth Rogen can thank this movie for launching him into stardom, but Katherine Heigl basically disliked this film immediately after they finished filming, and it’s easy to see why. The guys in this film are fun, carefree and immature while the women (Heigl and Leslie Mann) are depicted as cold, nagging and hysterical.
This movie likely won’t get a reboot (at least anytime soon), but one with a more favorable look at the women would be a nice breath of fresh air.
Originally released in 1997, the film, based on Todd McFarlane’s comic series, struggled with visual effects, the poor casting choice of John Leguizamo and the fact that they basically had to make the movie PG-13. Spawn is way too dark of a character to be limited to a PG-13 rating. Luckily, thanks to the success of “Deadpool” and “Logan,” R-rated comic films can work and CGI has vastly improved.
One of the most iconic characters of the Batman franchise, Catwoman has been portrayed on the silver screen by Michelle Pfeifer and Anne Hathaway in separate Batman storylines to favorable results, but when Halle Berry landed the role in the Catwoman standalone movie, the film imploded. The writing was awful and strayed far away from the source material, including re-naming Selina Kyle to Patience Phillips. Just about every scene in this film is cringe-worthy, and Berry acknowledged it when she received a Razzie for her performance.
A reboot is well deserved and the success of Wonder Woman has shown that comic films with a female lead can do well.
Revenge of the Nerds
The biggest problem with this movie – a woman gets raped and it is written off as comedy. The “jocks vs. nerds” battle will pretty much never go away, so there’s definitely an ability to re-create this film without the sexual assault scene.
Yes, another comic film. Green Lantern was a colossal flop critically and barely made back its money in the box office. Ryan Reynolds wasn’t a poor casting decision, but the writing and overuse of CGI hurt this film. As one of the pillars of DC Comics, Green Lantern should return sometime soon, and there have been several characters who have worn the power ring, so they are not stuck with Hal Jordan as the main character.
This 1999 film did well in the box office and came with an original idea: a serial killer whose murders depict urban legends. This film could have much more potential today with the social media generation, including live video.