Ghostbusters has been given a reboot, and as it hits cinemas this week we thought we’d share the other remakes to keep your eyes peeled for.
Whether you’re happy about your favourite movies getting a makeover or not, these are happening because no matter how much we deny it they’re going to make a tonne of money.
Ghostbusters was given a new take with an all-female lead, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, so whether or not these movies will get something similar remains to be seen.
Which movie reboots are you looking forward to? And which ones do you think they should have left completely alone?
First up, in cinema’s next month is Pete’s Dragon. While the original from 1977 was primarily live action, its dragon was hand drawn. Technology being what it is, Eliott the friendly dragon is still animated, but this time in CGI. David Lowery helms the cast which includes Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.
In cinemas August 12
Beauty and the Beast
Another Disney live action is in the works and is set for release in 2017 and Emma Watson stars as Belle, alongside Dan Stevens as the Beast. With the success of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella it’s no wonder they’re going to continue with these remakes.
Another reboot that’s scheduled for release in 2017 is Power Rangers. Project Almanac‘s Dean Israelite is directing, and he’s said that the movie will be “really cool, contemporary, mature but still playful“.
Chosen by destiny, the five ordinary high school kids must realise their destiny as they are the only ones who can save the planet from an alien threat. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.
Scheduled for release Janaury 2017
Another Spider-Man reboot and we can’t help but wait and see what they have in store with this one either. Tom Holland will star as the web-slinger in a standalone film while doing double duty as a supporting player in a number of Marvel movies (starting with this year’s Captain America: Civil War). The studios are keeping the details of Spidey’s next adventure as hush-hush as possible.
Dwayne Johnson and his Instagram account was the ultimate confirmation in the Jumanji reboot and he’s been sharing plenty of news along the way too, with confirmation of Jack Black joining the cast.
IT’S OFFICIAL: An ol’ friend is ready to play in the world of #JUMANJI… JACK (mf’n) BLACK. Been a big fan of his work over the years. A brilliant actor who I’m confident will turn in a performance of a lifetime for JUMANJI. (when we reveal his character you’ll understand;). In our reimagining of the story of JUMANJI, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funny and edge with childlike joy. The “Jumanji Breakfast Club” is coming together.. myself, Jack (mf’n) Black and Kevin Hart. Two big roles left. One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude. Who will they be… this is gonna be fun. #JUMANJI #WelcomesJackBlack #JustPressStart #TheGameThatPlaysYou
Stephen King’s IT remake looks like it’s finally moving forward, after several delays and the departure of the original directed Cary Fukunaga.
Director Andres Muschietti made the announcement via social media, writing the caption “Day One” alongside a picture of his director’s chair bearing the film’s title art. He also posted another image featuring some red balloons floating on set — a nod to the murderous character of Pennywise the Clown (set to be played by Bill Skarsgard), who is known to use balloons to lure children into his lair.
And now we’ve been given the first look of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise, this is sure to give you nightmares.
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.
Drop Dead Fred
Russell Brand looks set to star in the cult classic that’s being written by Saturday Night Live writer Dennis McNicholas.
Another one if Disney’s animated classics set to get the live action treatment is Dumbo, and it’s said to have attracted the interest of Tim Burton. Ehren Kruger is working on the screenplay for the film (he’s written the last few Transformers movies), and we wait and see whether Dumbo or Beetlejuice 2 will be Burton’s next film, once he’s done with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Unusual Children which hits cinemas at the end of September.
The last time Charlie’s Angels were on the screen was in 2003 in Full Throttle, and Sony are said to be currently searching for a writer to bring the trio of strong ass-kickers back to the big screen. Elizabeth Banks is in rumours to be working on this project.
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 there’s not been a lot more else.
Another attempt to revive the Ace Ventura franchise without the involvement of Jim Carrey is underway. It’s early days, but Morgan Creek Productions are trying to sell a lot of their properties, but have held onto the remake rights for Ace Ventura.
Fox bought the rights for a Commando reboot five years ago, but it’s still yet to be matched to a director and cast.
I Know What you Did Last Summer
Oculus director Mike Flanagan is working on a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the successful 1997 franchise-spawner. It was loosely based on Lois Duncan’s 1973 novel of the same name, and Flanagan will be going back to that for the screenplay of this new version. Flanagan is also set to direct, although he’s committed to make Ouija 2 first.
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The new film is being produced by John Davis, and there are promises of a more ‘female-centric’ take on the material for the reboot. Maybe something similar to what was done with Ghostbusters perhaps?
Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe are attached to this project, which already has a release date of June 9 2017. Crowe admitted that this film is designed to be more horror than action-adventure, in fact his words were: “This one is kind of more designed to seriously scare the s— out of you.”
Universal hopes Crowe’s role in “The Mummy” will lead to a possible standalone film, potentially launching a new franchise.
Another remake that’s focusing on a female lead instead, rather than Danny Ocean (the role made famous by Frank Sinatra and George Clooney) leading the criminal gang, a female will be giving the orders. Sandra Bullock looks set to be playing that character, with Clooney involved behind the scenes.
Alicia Vikander is in line to play the next Lara Croft, she took the role not long after winning the Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl. The movie, which will be directed by Roar Uthaug (whose last film was action movie The Wave), will star Vikander as a young and untested Croft, in what the Hollywood Reporter describes as an origin story that tracks Croft’s first adventure.