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Initial post: 18 Jul 2013 20:40:54 BDT
D. Climo says:
As reboots have rapidly become a genre of their own in the world of films, what existing films do you think should not be given the reboot treatment? Here is my list:

Die Hard.

Okay so the last three sequels have ranged from average to exciting to awful. However I feel that Die Hard shouldn't, and hopefully won't, be given an unneccessary remake. Nothing could ever compete against the first two Die Hards so why bother?

James Bond

When Daniel Craig hangs the tuxedo up for the last time in a few years, I hope MGM or whoever don't remake Casino Royale. It was great don't get me wrong but why not just re-cast the role and carry on with different stories?


Scream 4 didn't do as well as hoped. So what? It was still a good slasher flick in my opinion. The reviews were mostly fairly positive as well. If, asides from the planned TV series coming next summer apparently, there is another Scream film let it be Scream 5 otherwise those who have seen the original will know who the killer turns out to be.

Mega Shark Vs Giant Octopus

Enough said! lol!

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 13:09:40 BDT
Lazisom says:
Nightmare on Elm Street

Friday the 13th


...aff, too late!

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 13:27:26 BDT
Kevan James says:
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Posted on 19 Jul 2013 13:28:28 BDT

Sadly the day when some muppet armed with cutting edge special effects and Mark Whalberg in the lead role will be convinced they can remake this masterpiece, its inevitable.

Let me save them some time .. YOU CANT !!!!

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 14:20:19 BDT
Avatouir says:
2 that could if based on the actual Book

Running Man - There was a budget French film which was more based on the the original novel, with the more pessimistic ending. The '87 version was really just an action vehicle for Arnie. Decent action-er but done to please Hollywood audience

I Robot - The book is fantastic. Much as I liked the Will Smith film, the genius of Isaac Asimov is completely lost and a collection of the actual stories in the book would make compelling viewing. It would have to be a 2 parter to do them the full justice though

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 14:22:50 BDT
D.S.Dk. says:
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

Please leave that particular masterpiece alone!!!!

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 14:24:06 BDT
Todesengel85 says:
The Crow

aparently it's happening, but i dearly hope it doesn't

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 14:32:20 BDT
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Whoever marked me down, i can only assume you want to see Jaws remade, you therefore deserve to die a slow painful death !

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 14:36:54 BDT
The Crow

Great shout ! .. it should never ever get remade. i have heard rumours for years, Mark Whalberg to play Eric Draven etc, hopefully its all rubbish.

Imdb has a remake listed but no info at all , just the fact it stars the welsh Luke Evans as Eric Draven?

It would just bomb completely, no point making it.

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 15:49:05 BDT
Lazisom says:
Hopefully the terrible Crow sequels puts anyone off remaking the original.

Another 3 that shouldn't be rebooted but all 3 are:



Childs Play

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 15:55:58 BDT
Robocop looks awful !

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 16:08:58 BDT
Lazisom says:
I hadn't really looked into it I just knew they were remaking it and it would be terrible.

Just had a quick google now and from what I have seen I was right...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 18:36:12 BDT
So I'm going to sound like pedantic tool now, sorry. So there's a short sci-fi story called Prize of Peril written by Robert Sheckley in the early 60s (maybe late 50s). This was made into two films, one of which was "Le Prix du Danger" (the french film I think you referenced), the other a German film I can't recall. The similarities between all of these and Steven King's story are undeniably too close to be just coincidence (let's say King was "inspired" by Sheckley's story). But the real similarities is between Le Prix du Danger and The Running Man (as in the film), even down to the final confrontation with the tv host.

I don't know what that has to do with the OP but I thought it interesting, sorry.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 12:48:05 BDT
Avatouir says:
Probably was. It was a while back so I was assuming it was from the same book but you learn something new everyday.

I have read I Robot though and still think a two part film covering the stories written in the book rather than a whole different screenplay would make an excellent film

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 14:25:41 BDT
Noooo !! Not a remake of Terminator !?!

Posted on 20 Jul 2013 14:45:27 BDT
As for what shouldn't be remade - Bladerunner. I don't care how fantastic CG is these days or who they cast in it; nobody can ever out-Roy Batty Rutger Hauer.

But what should be remade. World War Z. As a series preferably. Split it up into country style episodes. Make it stick closer to the book. iirc Brad Pitt (I think it was) said that he wanted to produce it so that it remained true to the book, I got my hopes up. They were dashed.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 17:57:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jul 2013 18:17:53 BDT
I agree completely. There's a few other Asimov books/stories I'd like to see be turned into films, The Caves of Steel and Nightfall being my main ones.

Keeping on a science fiction theme I hope nobody reboots/remakes The Forbidden Planet.

I think one of the problems with a series of films like Terminator, Robocop and Aliens is that there's rarely just one person (director/writer) with a clear concise vision of where they want the series to go. In the end the series gets passed around like a hooker losing her looks and everything becomes a bit of a mess. So it just grinds to a halt. I'd rather the studios that own the rights to these franchises have less a desire to prostitute their franchises and instead give them to good writers and directors. Terminator is my main point I guess. McG!!!!!! WTF!!!!!! There would be no need to reboot anything if they don't grind the series into the dirt. (The only exception might be if a good director wanted to implement a new style or vision for the same Universe the films are set in. A prime example being comic book adaptations ie Batman.)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 19:00:40 BDT
Adam Jackson says:
Was that The Prize Of Peril?? I saw that 30 years ago now and would love to see it again!

Mad Max - I really hope Fury Road is a sequel and not a reboot..

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2013 19:01:54 BDT
Adam Jackson says:
I thought Terminator 5 was a sequel with Arnie in it??

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2013 13:06:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2013 13:10:52 BDT
Lazisom says:
Taken from the Huffington Post:

LOS ANGELES -- The "Terminator" is coming back.

Paramount announced Thursday that it is rebooting the "Terminator" franchise and planning for a new trilogy of films, but it's keeping mum on whether Arnold Schwarzenegger would play a role.

Schwarzenegger starred as the title character in the original 1984 movie. It spawned a trilogy that earned more than $1 billion at the box office worldwide.

Paramount says it will release the new "Terminator" in July 2015.

Edit - actually had another poke around and it looks like they may just be working on 3 more sequels, I'm not particularly bothered either way, the first 2 films will always be the best by a country mile and the only ones I have ever deemed good enough to watch more than once.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2013 18:33:38 BDT
Avatouir says:
I don't know about Blade Runner since when it was made it was possible to recreate the book it's based on. I guess if they were able to do a book like version it might be so different nobody would be able to notice. that said I've not read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" so couldn't be 100%

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2013 20:59:25 BDT
I love the first Terminator film, the second is good poporn action but even then it feels like the wheels are coming off imo. I know it's often the scapegoat but for me I blame CGI. There's something about the gritty lowish budget of the original, the way Stan Winston's special effects worked so perfectly with the mechanical/robotic nature of the Terminator (and also the flash backs/forwards where we see the future war). After Salvation personally the entire series except the first is dead to me. I now have to sit and watch as I did with Star Wars as producers slavishly beat every last penny from the franchise. Cameron isn't ever going back and after the last two horror shows that were Salvation and Rise of the Machines, the way the story has derailed so terribly I can't imagine a really good director wanting anything to do with it.

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 21:29:58 BDT
D. Climo says:
Hasn't Terimantor been rebooted three times already? lol. Just kidding.

Definately NOT looking forward to Robocop 2014 as Robocop looks like a cyborg human mole or an extra from Dr Who. Why oh why did they have to completely mess him up??

Posted on 23 Jul 2013 21:44:50 BDT
E. C. says:
Another robocop? Even the name has a distinctive eighties sound to it. Although I thought the first one was good, at the time.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2013 23:44:41 BDT
S. J. Morris says:
too damn right K! tbh, they,ve simply made the same film over and over. mike myers did a wonderful skit parodying this series. women with names like glory handjob and irina avitoff, (bond knows which one he can trust because she's got the bigger tits), q giving him incredibly specialised and specific gadgets which surprise surprise he'll need later in the film, bloody underwater scenes where you can't tell who's who,a car that the penny pinching government would never spring for, and the fact that FIVE of the series have had space based weapons as the threat! piss off and good riddance!
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