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Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we’ve regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We’ve removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead – the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance – but we’ll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here’s what’s coming up…
Following in the muddy pawprints of Ace Ventura Jr and the animated 1990s TV show, another attempt to revive the Ace Ventura franchise without the involvement of Jim Carrey is underway. It’s very early days, but Morgan Creek Productions are definitely looking into it. They’re currently trying to sell a lot of their properties, but have held onto the remake rights for Ace Ventura, which they’re working on relaunching, according to Deadline.
One of Hollywood’s most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it’s back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, which was previously abandoned over budget issues. Jaume Collet-Sera (Non-Stop), who had been set to direct, is believed to have moved on, and now Get Out director Jordan Peele is being eyed.
Guy Ritchie will direct a live-action remake of the Disney classic Aladdin. His appointment took a lot of people by surprise. Jason Statham for the role of Genie, anyone?
A series of new Alien Nation movies is in the planning stages at 20th Century Fox. The original 1988 movie starred James Caan and Mandy Patinkin, and the remake has attracted the interest of Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. They were working on a draft of a screenplay, and Fox had Midnight Special and Mud director Jeff Nichols lined up to direct. No word since then.
An American Werewolf In London
Max Landis is penning a remake of his father John Landis’ seminal horror comedy An American Werewolf In London. It’s being produced by David Alpert and Robert Kirkman of The Walking Dead, through their Skybound Entertainment company and a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures. It remains be seen whether the Chronicle and American Ultra writer can live up to his father’s much-loved cult classic.
The acclaimed Jacques Audiard movie A Prophet is one of the best crime sagas to hit the big screen in the past ten years. If you’ve not seen it yet, then it’s a hugely rewarding, if difficult to watch at times, piece of cinema.
Sony has took out an option for an English language remake, which Neal H Moritz and Toby Jaffe would produce under the Original Film banner. Dennis Lehane was hired to write the screenplay at the end of 2013, and in January 2016 Sam Raimi was said to be circling the director’s chair with intent. Things have gone quiet since.
The big screen take on Batman was effectively rebooted in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, where Ben Affleck stepped into the cape and cowl. Beyond that, though, a fresh trilogy of Batman movies is apparently being planned. Expect the first one, The Batman, in 2018. There’s the small matter of the Justice League movies to fit in too, after all…
Big Man Japan
The 2007 mockumentary comedy kaiju movie Big Man Japan is something of a treat, telling the story of an ordinary man who becomes an outcast, in no small part down to his talent for turning into a gigantic hero to save Japan from lots of monsters. The US remake has attracted Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay (Clash Of The Titans, R.I.P.D.) to write the script. There’s been no formal greenlight yet, or announcement of a director. What’s more, there’s been no real update since 2013, so this one is sitting in limbo a little…
Big Trouble In Little China
One of the few John Carpenter movies to thus far escape the remake treatment? Well, that would have been Big Trouble In Little China, but over the summer, news broke that a remake was indeed in the works. Kurt Russell has given his blessing and wished the project good luck.
Dwayne Johnson is set to headline the film, which is being penned by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. Johnson has already said that he wants John Carpenter involved in the project in some capacity too. It’s still in the writing stages thus far, and Johnson’s jam-packed slate means that even if everything goes to plan, this one is unlikely to shoot until 2018.
Yep, the Alfred Hitchcock classic. Mind you, following the shot-for-shot remake of Psycho, little should come as a shock. The new take on The Birds is supposed to be overseen by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes company, and Bay himself is one of the listed producers. Furthermore, the film was set to be directed by Diederik Van Rooijen, who will be making his English language feature debut with the production. It’s been dwindling for a while though, and no one’s sure if it’s going ahead.
The Black Hole
Oblivion and TRON: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski continues to develop a remake of The Black Hole. Prometheus‘ Jon Spaihts worked on a screenplay for the film, and Kosinski has revealed that he sees the film more as a reboot than a remake. It had taken a back seat so that Kosinski could make TRON 3, but Disney has since pulled the plug on that one. It’s not entirely clear where The Black Hole sits on its docket right now.
According to the man himself, Wesley Snipes, Marvel Studios have held a few talks about rebooting Blade within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The conversations have “been good” according to Snipes, but we’ve heard little else. Perhaps, if not a movie, he could reprise his role on Netflix? We’ll keep you updated.
Con Air director Simon West was promising to harness the power and potential of modern CG in his new take on The Blob. Goldcrest Film was funding the project, and it seemed fairly high up West’s to-do list. So where’s it gone? Hmm.
There’s going to be no Jean-Claude Van Damme in the announced remake of Bloodsport that’s currently in the works. Robert Mark Kamen, the co-writer of Taken 2, has been working on the script, and Phillip Noyce (Clear And Present Danger, Rabbit Proof Fence) had, at one stage, signed on to direct the movie. It’s still in the works as we understand it, and the plan is, apparently, for a film that’s more character driven than the original. Progress has been very slow on this one, though.
Sony is juggling a few remakes at the moment, and Blue Thunder is one of them. The new film will change Blue Thunder from a helicopter into a drone, and Craig Kyle is writing the script (he’s also writing Thor: Ragnarok). Dana Brunetti, who oversaw Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s transition to the screen, is producing.
Universal is working on a remake of Richard Pryor’s 1976 comedy Car Wash, which gave us that ridiculously catchy theme song as well as packing a few laughs. The studio is searching for a writer at the moment, so all we really know for the time being is that the new film will focus on – obviously – the employees of a car wash.
We haven’t had a Charlie’s Angels movie since 2003’s Full Throttle. It’s not that surprising, then, that a reboot is in the works. Sony is currently searching for a writer to bring the trio of female ass-kickers back the big screen. Elizabeth Banks – after her success directing Pitch Perfect 2 – was said to be circling this one.
The Chronicles Of Narnia
Sony and Entertainment One are now backing The Chronicles Of Narnia series, taking over from 20th Century Fox. Mark Gordon is producing, along with Douglas Gresham (C S Lewis’ stepson), Vincent Sieber and Melvin Adams. David Magee will pen the script for The Silver Chair, which will reboot the franchise with a whole new cast.
Sylvester Stallone’s then-floundering career received a major shot in the arm with 1993’s Cliffhanger, where director Renny Harlin took him up some mountains and shot lots of film. Fun was had.
There had been talk for many years of a Cliffhanger sequel, The Dam, but that never panned out. Then, back in 2009 came talk of a reboot from producer Neal Moritz, who’s overseen the new Total Recall and 21 Jump Street. And last year, Joe Gazzam was hired to pen a screenplay for a Cliffhanger remake/reboot. Nothing’s been heard since, but we suspect this is a matter of when rather than if.
The original Clue film was a comedic yarn that came out back in 1985, directed by Jonathan Lynn from a script based on a story idea that he came up with alongside John Landis.
Another stab (or bludgeoning with lead piping) at the film is currently in development. Universal departed the project in 2011, but Hasbro has landed on its feet: 20th Century Fox is now attached instead.
We’ve been told that the new film “expands the narrative to a global stage,” so we may well see a few settings that aren’t libraries or billiard rooms. Sacrelige!
The popular 1990s teen thriller The Craft is getting the remake treatment, with Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak writing and directing the new film. Phil Graziadei is to co-write the script. None of the original team – writer/director Andrew Fleming, cast members Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, Rachel True – are set to be involved, it seems.
Creature From The Black Lagoon
As part of its classic horror monster cinematic universe that it’s working on, Universal is putting together a new take on Creature From The Black Lagoon. So far, we’ve heard that Scarlett Johansson is being targeted to play the female scientist who discovers said creature on an expedition. Jeff Pinkner, who worked on the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, was supposed to be scripting this one, but now Aquaman scribe Will Beall has signed up.
Corin Hardy was due to direct and Jason Momoa was due to star in The Crow Rebron. The film has been stuck in development hell for quite some time, but was due to start shooting this month. However, Relativity – the studio producing it – just sold the rights to Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow, so things are likely to have been heavily delayed.
The ingenious horror thriller Cube took a single location and really, really made it count. More than its sequel or prequel managed to, certainly. A new version, going by the name of Cubed, was on the way, but now seems to have stalled for whatever reason.
Director Wolfgang Petersen’s exemplary submarine thriller, in either its film or TV guise, is pretty much unmissable cinema. That hasn’t made it resistant to the fickle finger of remake fate, however.
German firm Bavaria Studios has picked up the rights to Das Boot, and it’s planning a reboot. Whether that’ll be in the form of a television miniseries or another feature film remains to be seen…
Bruce Willis has been snapped up to take the lead in the long-mooted remake of Death Wish, in the role that Charles Bronson made famous in the original 1974 vigilante action film. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Big Bad Wolves) were directing the movie, but now Eli Roth has taken over the reins.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
1988 Steve Martin movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which, itself, was a remake of 1964’s Bedtime Story) is being remade. Rebel Wilson will star alongside Anne Hathaway, with Jac Schaeffer on scripting duties. The film has recently been retitled Nasty Women.
Don’t Look Now
Nope, nothing’s sacred. Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 horror classic has been picked up by The Picture Company for a remake, with Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman producing. StudioCanal is set to distribute the new Don’t Look Now once it’s made, but there’s no writer or director on board yet that we know of.
Donald Sutherland isn’t impressed at all with the news, and has called the reboot plans ‘shameful’.
As part of Disney’s desire to remake lots of its animated classics in live action, it’s attracted the interest of Tim Burton for a new take on Dumbo. Ehren Kruger is working on the screenplay for the film (he’s written the last few Transformers movies), and we’re waiting to see whether Dumbo or Beetlejuice 2 will be Burton’s next film. In addition, Colin Farrell was recently reported as attached.
The new version of Dune is definitely pressing ahead, and it’s landed its director – Denis Villeneuve, the man behind the camera on Arrival and Sicario. He’s in the midst of putting together Blade Runner 2049, for later this year, so we’ll imagine he’ll get started on Dune after that.
Dungeons & Dragons
Legal mire has held up a planned movie reboot of Dungeons & Dragons for the best part of a decade. There have been three films to date, although only the 2000 original made it to a cinema. However, Warner Bros and Hasbro have now put their lawyers away, and David Leslie Johnson has been hired to write a script for a new Dungeons & Dragons. We’d imagine this one will get fast-tracked too, with an eye on many sequels if it works.
Sidney Furie’s 1983 horror The Entity has landed on the desk of The Conjuring and Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan. He’s set to produce a new take on the project, with Chad and Carey Hayes writing the screenplay for the new version. No director has thus far been announced, though, but given how busy his schedule is, it won’t be Wan.
Escape From New York
Funding now seems to be in place for the remake of Escape From New York, which is set to kick-off a new series of films. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer. At one stage, one of Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal or Dan Stevens was in line for the role of Snake Plissken, but all has gone a little quiet on the casting front. There does seem to be a determination to get this made though. Planet Terror‘s Robert Rodriguez will direct.
Every Which Way But Loose
The director of the original film, James Fargo, is producing this. And in the director’s chair will step Anthony G Cohen, who previously helmed The Sex Trip. No casting or release date news as of yet.
Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi adventure, that starred Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix, is getting a remake courtesy of Paramount Pictures. the new film will be written by Geoff Moore and Dave Posamentier (Better Living Through Chemistry), with Josh Appelbaum and Andrew Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) producing. No word on this one in the last year, but we suspect it’s still in development.
A remake of the 1966 sci-fi adventure Fantastic Voyage – which saw a submarine crew shrunk and injected into a scientist’s body to try and repair his brain – has been on James Cameron’s slate for a while. His long-time chum Guillermo del Toro is now in talks to direct, with a script by David Goyer already well underway.
Five Fingers Of Death
Brett Ratner is remaking the Shaw Brothers’ 1973 martial arts spectacular, Five Fingers Of Death. He’ll direct the film, as well as being a producer for the project alongside James Packer. The original film followed a young fighter entering a major fighting tournament in his master’s stead, and also packed in an engaging betrayal arc.
20th Century Fox seems to have the rights together to make a new Flash Gordon feature, and earlier in the year, it was trying to lure Kingsman and X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn in the direction of the film. It’s unclear as of yet whether he’s accepted the job, but given that the last we heard he was writing Kingsman 2, he may be a long shot.
John Davis is producing along with George Nolfi. Nolfi came up with a treatment for the film, and the script is being penned by Patrick McKay and J D Payne (who worked on an earlier draft of Star Trek Beyond). Samuel L Jones has already expressed interest in reappearing.
Niels Arden Oplev – the director of the original movie version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – was hired to helm a new take on Flatliners. He then hired Kiefer Sutherland, star of the original film, and set a 2017 release date. Filming on the reboot/sequel/no-one really knows has recently wrapped.