Hollywood has grown exceedingly fond of remakes over the course of this decade. It’s not a bad thing, even if some bemoan the “lack of creativity” in Hollywood today. Remakes can be hit or miss, but they’re always interesting, and when they hit, they can combine fresh entertainment with genuine nostalgia in a very effective way. And rest assured, the trend that has seen studios striving for this kind of result is nowhere near over. Here are five more major remakes that are on the horizon.
1.) A Star Is Born
This is a remake that’s coming right up this fall, and which could actually land in Oscar contention if all goes well. That’s a big if – one early preview suggested it could be the best or worst movie of the year – but it’s definitely getting its share of hype. The original film starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson and came out in 1976, essentially using music as the core of a romantic drama. This new version will feature Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and will also represent Cooper’s first major directing effort. It really does feel like there’s a broad spectrum from disappointing flop to Oscar nominee here, but it’s an easy remake to root for.
The 1986 fantasy/adventure film ‘Highlander’ is something of a cult classic, but it is being remade presumably with an eye toward more commercial success. And it actually sounds like it has a good shot at success. The film is being managed by John Wick director Chad Stahelski, arguably about as successful as anyone else in the action genre is today. Stahelski has already discussed the potential for a trilogy, and has also made it clear he’s planning to respect the original material. By the sound of things, that means the “cult” fans should be happy and a new, modern audience could also be brought in.
Scarface is a risky remake, because the original was just about perfect, and also very specifically rooted in the ‘80s. The film was mentioned recently in a piece on the best movies featured in games, by online slot developers, and the article made a fairly wise assertion: that no film quite defined an era like this one. That makes a remake in the 2010s or 2020s a little difficult to imagine, but by all accounts the remake is full speed ahead. Diego Luna will star, and Antoine Fuqua is likely going to direct, though he’s been in and out of the role according to various reports.
4.) American Psycho
Here again it’s a little bit difficult to fully imagine a remake, though for different reasons than with Scarface. While Scarface is tied to the ‘80s and the iconic Al Pacino, American Psycho is still fairly recent. It’s not even 20 years old yet, and Christian Bale, the film’s star, is still one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. There’s actually been a little bit of outrage over this idea, and it may wind up as an FX series rather than a film. But Bret Easton Ellis, who wrote the source novel, has assured fans it’ll be a strong, faithful project.
5.) Mortal Kombat
And finally there’s Mortal Kombat, this was a failed action franchise in the ‘90s, based on the video games of the same name, and many who adore the games have long wanted to see a more serious big screen effort. The track record of game-to-film adaptations is not a strong one, but word is that the remake could be a violent, R-rated Avengers has to at least get you curious. We don’t know too many details yet, but this sounds as if it could be a surprisingly big deal.
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