Top 10 Movies That Need a Remake

Remakes of movie classics are busted out of Hollywood's studios in machine gun-like frequency nowadays. While most of today's remakes obviously try to primarily cash in on the original's success without putting much effort or thought into the remake itself, remakes themselves are not a bad "genre" if you will.

Movies like David Cronenberg's "The Fly" or Peter Jackson's "King Kong" show that remakes can indeed be made very efficiently, passionately and therefore deeply improve upon the foundation laid by the original. Remakes today are often seen as unnecessary, seeing that the original is in many cases considered a classic for a reason.
But then...what remakes would actually make sense being made? What movie ideas were great in theory but bad or lackluster in their execution?
With that said, we are counting down our picks for the Top 10 movies that we think would actually benefit from getting a remake.

The rules for this Top 10 list are fairly simple. .

1. The movie has to have a good idea with a bad or lackluster execution
2. The movie has to be a standalone story and not a sequel or prequel

So now, let's take a look at what movies could turn out better through a remake...

End of Days

Many people consider this movie to be the beginning of the end of Schwarzenegger's strong action movie career.
End of Days' premise though promised to feature yet the same traditional Schwarzenegger action movie formula. Raising the stakes with what should be the most menacing and dark villain Arnold was put against up until then, The Devil himself, what could go wrong? It's Arnold vs. Satan!

Sadly, End of Days ultimately revealed itself to be one of the dullest Schwarzenegger action movies to date. A very slow pace, some narrative plot holes, few and underwhelming action scenes and a boring villain performance by Gabriel Byrne practically killed off what on paper sounded like a promising and at least solid action flick.
Still, the idea of putting an iconic action star like Arnold against Lucifer itself remains somewhat intriguing to this very day. Seeing that Arnold himself is pretty much out of the picture when talking about an End of Days remake, a remake should put another younger action badass against Satan. What about Jason Statham or someone else? Spice it up with a dark cat-and-mouse- and chase heavy storyline, great action scenes and you are all set.

This remake is fairly unlikely to happen. Yet the concept will probably show up in another movie in some way after some time (for example like in "Deliver Us From Evil").


Johnny Mnemonic

Ice-T, telepathic dolphins and laser strangling wires are only some of the things responsible for Johnny Mnemonic's reputation of being one of the worst sci-fi movies ever. But honestly,...strip down all of the aspects of the flick's bad execution and start it all over from the absolute basic premise and the movie's idea doesn't even sound too bad.
A sci-fi flick, in which a courier's brain serves as a temporarily limited hard drive for dangerous criminal information leaves doors wide open for numerous possibilities to turn the idea into a capable sci-fi action thriller ala The Fugitive.
Sure, Johnny Mnemonic's entire storyline itself is rightfully critically panned almost universally, but only through the fact that the movie's premise itself simply evolved into a completely ridiculous and dumb direction along with ill-advised casting decisions and bad acting. Johnny Mnemonic's premise is a distinct strong point in an otherwise stupid movie. With a remake, said premise's potential could be easily built upon to make for a solid thriller when given into the right hands of good writers and a good director...and of course some good actors would help as well.

Looking at how huge of a box office bomb Johnny Mnemonic was, there is absolutely no way a remake will ever happen.


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

When your movie idea itself fully embraces its B-movie tone, yet its low-budget production values drag it down so much that it becomes embarassing, this seriously should inform you that you made something wrong! Case and point - Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Putting a dark twist on the classic Grimm fairytale, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters should've been simple badass action entertainment. Yet, along with budget- and shooting problems, the movie was delayed for over a year until it finally got released into theaters. What we got was a great cast of actors in a shitty movie with a shitty story and shitty effects.
Again, not a revolutionary movie idea, but with such a simple yet effectively stylish action movie idea, one would think there is actually not that much to wreck here. Nevertheless, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters showed that dumb dialogue, an uninvolving story and horrendous effects can seriously pull the teeth even out of the most badass sounding ideas.
A remake (or in this case even a sequel) could do the trick. A potential remake should indeed embrace the gore and overall B-movie atmosphere of the flick, yet at the same time simply offer an at least slightly better story with actual Hollywood-quality effects and production values. Shouldn't be too hard to do, right?

This remake is very unlikely to happen due to bad critical reactions and supposedly unsatisfying box office scores of the original.  


Alice in Wonderland

Without any doubt the absolutely most disappointing Tim Burton movie to date - Alice in Wonderland.
Uninformed viewers were simply expecting a live-action adaptation of the classic tale by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson with jaw-dropping visuals. But that wasn't enough for Tim Burton...
What we actually got was a tonally incredibly weird and confusing mess of an Alice in Wonderland movie, which turned out to be actually more of a sequel to the original story than a direct adaptation.
Compare this atrocity to the beloved Disney animated feature movie. Disney managed to more or less tell the exact same tale but just spiced things up with own additional dialogues, scenes and comedy. So...what the hell happened here?
Sure, Alice in Wonderland grossed over 1 billion at the international box office, but it is widely regarded as a very misguided flick from start to finish. Visually impressive...sure...but nothing else.

It's a no-brainer that this can be done with the exact same visual spectacle but simply with the original Alice, original characters and original simple classic tale that both young and old love. Give us exactly that in a potential remake. Take some advice from Disney who spiced things up with own ideas without overly complicating the straight-forward story into an unecessarily giant mess like Burton did.

Give it some years or even centuries and some director will eventually once again take on Alice's story in one way or another.


 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Sort of like a team-up of iconic Universal Monsters along with famous literature characters, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (based on the comic series of the same name) sure had a cool idea up its sleeve that should make for solid blockbuster entertainment.
While the 2003 movie was no monumental trainwreck it left a whole lot to be desired. Aside from being easily overshadowed by the X-Men movies (and therefore being widely regarded as a "lame" rip-off), TLOEG suffered from a story that simply quickly lost steam after it introduced its characters. It often seemed like the writers didn't actually know what to do with them. The overall experience was filled with run-of-the-mill story decisions, very uneven special effects work and simply wasted potential on all of the various interesting heroes.
In order to establish a character of its own, a TLOEG remake should flesh out its individual heroes (and villains) way better. In this sense, the movie would avoid comparisons to the X-Men and create an own actual fanbase. Of course, a more interesting story wouldn't hurt, yet the actual gem truely lies in the roster of great characters. Dorian Gray, The Invisible Man, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, etc. are all famous characters for a reason. Don't cut their characters down to their superpowers but fully embrace their historical influence on our (pop-)culture and make them cool again. Superpowers are cool and all, but not everything. Show that in a remake.

This remake is very unlikely to happen seeing that audiences would most probably still compare it to the X-Men movies which financially just fare much better.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
(1990 & 2014) 

Although the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have become a main pillar of pop-culture as we know it today and are worth millions of merchandising rights, no movie to this date managed to get the Turtles completely right.
Many readers might seriously disagree with me here saying that the first TMNT movie from the 1990s is the definitive movie adaptation of the four reptile heroes...yet we beg the differ.
The 1990s TMNT movie sure is a completely fan focussed flick and to this day has a soft spot in many fans' hearts (especially fans who grew up with the original cartoons). Yet, even the 1990s movie, despite its great visuals and puppetry work by Jim Henson, didn't manage to fully capture the spirit of both the dark adult comics as well as the comedic nature of the cartoon series into one movie. Of course, appealing to both adults as well as kids at the same time without falling over too much in either side is no easy task...but it can be done.
TMNT movies sadly often tend to devolve into simple marketing instruments to sell more merchandise to kids. And while the 1990s movie went into the right direction with its occasionally darker tones, it didn't pull it off from start to finish. Ridiculous cartoon sounds during fights assured that the movie is primarily targeted towards kids, but a good mix between an adults directed story from the comics and the B-movie comedy from the cartoons would do wonders to a TMNT remake.

Looking at the current 2014 Michael Bay produced reboot, you can read all about it in our review here. (Summed up, Bay pretty much f***ed it up and didn't help the least in making an actually good TMNT movie.)

Michael Bay just rebooted TMNT, therefore another direct remake or reboot is out of the question for quite some time. Yet, prepare for plenty of Michael Bay TMNT sequels in the upcoming years...God help us.


I Am Legend

2007's I Am Legend starring Will Smith is yet another pick for this list, which many people might not agree on. Mostly due to the respectably impressive apocalyptic atmosphere and one-man performance by Will Smith, many defenders of I Am Legend tend to overlook the movie's numerous flaws that simply make this supposed blockbuster a sadly unsatisfying adaptation of the influential Richard Matheson novel in the end.

Technically, I Am Legend is a very scattershot affair. While its depiction of an abandoned New York City is undeniably very well made along with the resulting atmosphere, something went terribly wrong with the movie's vampires. The movie's "infected" were not only minimized to brainless zombies but they furthermore looked embarassingly fake in the final movie, taking you out of the previously established immersion.
Additionally, I Am Legend felt like a movie that consisted only out of its powerful introduction of Will Smith's daily routines...and little else. It's only when the actual turn of events takes place (Will Smith running into another human being) that things start to get interesting...and then shortly after the movie ends.
2007's I Am Legend simply seems to consist only out of its sole premise and nothing else. With the misguided attempt to turn this adaptation into yet another standard zombie movie, there was nothing new this movie had to tell us in the end in addition to its generally missing dramatic curve.

Now comparing this to the original novel by Richard Matheson, which featured a big final twist to the story that inspired many sci-fi authors through the years, 2007's I Am Legend seems like a very expensive missed opportunity. With the possibilities of today's technology paired with the more in-depth storytelling from the novel (for example like in the adaption called "The Omega Man" from 1971) a remake would definitely do justice to Matheson's novel. Abandon today's zombie-craze and give us the original novel's story on the big screen.

Right now, a remake sounds pretty unlikely, but maybe after some years somebody might pick up the story one more time.  


Alien vs. Predator

Sure, some of the fight scenes were good, but there was little else to make the first Alien vs. Predator movie truely stand out. Many might consider a clash of the Alien and Predator races to be gimmicky and unnecessary to begin with, but looking at how many great stories the original AvP comic series has to offer, one really has to ask himself: why do the movies have to take place on Earth?
Ideas that added new lore to both the Aliens and Predators in the AvP movie were great steps in the right direction but sadly only little of it was truely shown in its full potential. What about a remake that puts Aliens, Predators and humans against each other on a new unknown planet in the far outer space? Make it a full-on sci-fi flick rather than a standard horror movie with ridiculously dumb human protagonists. Again, simply adapt one of the many great AvP comic stories and you should be good. Maybe with such a remake the AvP franchise would overcome its current reputation and cheap straight-to-DVD quality.

(And yes, we are stretching out our own rules for this list a bit with this pick, but AvP is more of a spin-off than a direct sequel or prequel and therefore doesn't necessarily need the stories of the previous Alien- and Predator movies to work on itself.)  

After the critically panned AvP2, we are not likely to see another AvP movie for quite some time at least. Let Hollywood milk the Predator- and Alien franchises individually first and maybe then the studios will try it one more time.



Hands down one of the most underrated comic anti-heroes out there. Mostly thanks to a cheap looking and badly marketed live-action movie from 1997, the otherwise very fascinating character Spawn was quickly forgotten by audiences and the public eye.
Though the movie's practical effects work is pretty well done, almost all of the CGI effects look embarassingly awful. Along with a rushed-through and plot hole heavy storyline, the movie only very rarely gave a good depiction of what a great Spawn movie would look like.
Other attempts to do a Spawn movie came in the form of a handful of animated Spawn feature movies, which despite their high quality were quickly discontinued.
The bad taste of the 1997 Spawn movie shows its effect to this day, but simply seeing on what a fantastically dark and adult themed superhero tale Hollywood is missing out on, Spawn practically begs for a remake.

A remake should completely stick to Spawn's origin storyline and definitely should leave things open for sequels (the comics sure offer enough material for those). With the high CGI-standards today, a consistently good looking Spawn movie shouldn't be a problem to achieve. Furthermore, make it darker and less goofy looking. There is no problem that the Spawn suit itself might remind one a bit of Power Ranger villains (the Spawn suit still looks pretty badass though) but it's definitely a problem if the dialogue is almost as dumb and stock as the ones from the Power Rangers. Make the movie's true villain a supernatural one and not just a mean Martin Sheen businessman. Embrace Spawn's huge heaven & hell themed lore and a remake would at least definitely go into the right direction.

According to creator Todd McFarlane, a Spawn reboot is currently in development, yet with only little info given on the progress.


Stephen King's "It"

Talk about a brilliant horror story idea that is just sitting there practically WAITING for a remake.

Coming from famous horror writer Stephen King, "It" tells the story of a demonic being that is terrorizing the small town of Derry and living in its underground sewers. Preying and feeding on the town's children, "It" can only be seen and heard by the kids themselves, leaving them completely helpless to the monster's psychological terrors. "It" mostly shows itself in the form of the clown Pennywise to lure kids to itself, yet it can also shapeshift into each kid's individual fears.
It's only when a group of misfit kids team-up against "It" when the unnamed monster seems to have found its match...

Just like many other King stories, "It" was also adapted into a TV mini-series in 1990. Although Tim Curry as well as all of the child actors gave great performances respectively, the mini-series was obviously incredibly held back by the fact that it was shown on TV and not in major theaters (actual child death scenes therefore were of course not shown in the mini-series). With that said, the "It" mini-series sadly hasn't aged all too well, making many adults nowadays say that their memories of the mini-series and the story idea itself turn out to be far more scary and disturbing than when watching the mini-series now.

This is exactly, where a remake should kick in!
With today's horror movie standards and effects possibilities, an "It" movie could turn out to be an incredibly disturbing experience that fully takes advantage of the novel's visions. Not only would Pennywise the clown probably look way scarier than Tim Curry's version (without any disrespect), but a remake could also give unknown child actors a chance to show their acting talents on the big screen. Furthermore, a theatrical release would also mean that death scenes could actually be shown in explicit detail. We don't need to get overly gory with a remake but death scenes here and there would definitely emphasize the threat that is constantly luring in the town of Derry, and which absolutely never lets up on terrorizing the children.

It all just sounds incredibly promising. The mini-series is a well done achievement in its own right, but a remake should definitely go all out with King's incredible story.

You can get a good taste of how an "It" remake could look like with this short fan film here.

A remake of Stephen King's "It" is currently in development with Warner Bros. having moved the movie to its New Line Cinema division on May, 2014. Only very little info is given about the development progress though.    

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