By: Lauren Saccone
People love to hate movie remakes. Either they’re viewed as tired rehashes or inexplicable attempts to cash in on the nostalgia factor – or in some truly terrible cases, both. Despite this seemingly common knowledge, movie studios continue to toss out remakes and reboots with depressing consistency. Some are wonderful (after all, The Magnificent Seven, Scarface, The Departed, and The Fly are all remakes, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was an extremely successful reboot). Most, however… are not. Here are some of the remakes on their way to theaters, whether we want them or not.
Dredd (September 2012) This remake of the catastrophic flop Judge Dredd has a lot going for it. First of all, most moviegoers have successfully blocked out Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 cinematic train wreck. The script harkens back to the original comics that made Dredd such a popular antihero. And Karl Urban, most recently of Star Trek fame, is putting on Dredd’s helmet. With enthusiastic early buzz on the film (despite some naysayers who claim the trailer reveals a plot that's nearly identical to this year's hot Indonesian martial-arts extravaganza, The Raid) things are looking up for the Judge.
Evil Dead (2013) The low-budget horror movie that became a cult classic (and launched the career of actor Bruce Campbell and eventual director of the Spider-Man trilogy Sam Raimi) is getting an extreme makeover, with a female lead (Jane Levy, TV's Suburgatory) in place of Campbell’s Ash. Unfortunately, with a script penned by Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody, there’s serious concern that the story will be heavy on pop culture cuteness and lacking in the terror department. Screener reports from Comic Con say that the film has only a passing connection to the original series. So why call it a remake at all?