You know the saying “Everything old is new again?” It definitely applies to movies. Hollywood has been cranking out remakes of beloved films for several years now and shows no sign of slowing down.
Since Flatliners — a psychological thriller starring Ellen Page and Diego Luna, which is a remake of the 1990 film of the same name starring Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland — just hit the Box, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane with a list of six other notable remakes from the recent past.
The Mummy – Tom Cruise brings his action-star chops to this reboot of the franchise that began in 1999 and starred Brendan Fraser as an adventurer who had to battle all sorts of undead ancient things.
The Jungle Book – This gorgeous remake of the beloved 1967 Disney animated film incredibly mixed live-action and totally real-looking CGI to an astounding effect. And have you heard there’s yet another live-action Jungle Book remake coming out next year directed by and starring Andy Serkis? Look for it in October!
It – One of the biggest movies of 2017 was a remake of a 1990 miniseries that still haunts the dreams of many grown adults who saw it back in the day (not that I would know anything about that). Evil clowns are just WRONG.
Footloose – I loved the 1984 original starring Kevin Bacon, and I also really enjoyed the 2011 remake that featured a not-yet-famous Miles Teller in a breakout performance as “the awkward friend” Willard. And it’s still hard to beat this soundtrack!
The Departed – Many people aren’t aware that this intense mob movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg — which is the only movie Martin Scorsese ever won the Best Director Academy Award for — is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime drama Internal Affairs.
Ocean’s Eleven – The beloved, star-studded 2001 heist film (George Clooney! Brad Pitt! Matt Damon! Julia Roberts and more!) is a remake of the beloved, star-studded 1960 heist film featuring “The Rat Pack” (Sammy Davis, Jr.! Frank Sinatra! Dean Martin and more!). Both are a blast to watch.
Movie fans tend to have pretty strong opinions about remakes! What are the best ones, in your opinion? And what movies do you hope no one ever tries to “do over”?