Original Ideas

We all know that Broadway has taken a lot of Hollywood movies and reshaped them into musicals (Hairspray, Legally Blonde).

Here’s a list of some Hollywood to Hollywood remakes: (Thanks to DenofGeek.com)

Some are finished, some have only just been announced, and one or two
are rumored. But these are all in the works somewhere…
Can someone tell me why remake about 3/4 of these!

Arthur
Russell Brand is reportedly in the early stages of developing a
remake of Dudley Moore’s famous, and Oscar-winning, comedy. Thus far,
he’s believed to be meeting with writers on the project, and Larry
Brezner is attached to produce (he previously produced Good Morning
Vietnam, and the US take on Little Britain). No release date clues
yet.

They Live
Given that much of the John Carpenter back catalogue has already been
remade, or is the process of being redone, the recent report that
They Live was getting the treatment too was little surprise. The firm
who remade Dawn Of The Dead, Strike Entertainment, are trying to get
the rights, and it’s the same company that’s also working on the
remake of The Thing. Very early stages for this one, though.

The Crazies
Timothy Olyphant is taking the leading role in the remade version of
the George Romero movie. Romero is attached to the project in an
executive producer capacity, while the new Crazies will be helmed by
Breck Eisner (he who made Sahara, and we’ll be meeting again when we
talk Flash Gordon later). The film is due out in September 2009.

Romancing The Stone
Fox has raided its back catalogue and chosen the cracking Michael
Douglas-Kathleen Turner adventure for the remake treatment. Thus far,
it’s found a writer for the project, with Eagle Eye scribe Daniel
McDermott hauled in to pen a script. No news yet on casting, director
(although it’s safe to say that original director Robert Zemeckis
wouldn’t give it another go) or release date?

The Incredible Shrinking Man
The 1950s movie, with a title that leaves few clues as to what it’s
about, is being redeveloped as an Eddie Murphy vehicle. Brett Ratner
had been in talks to direct, but a helmer isn’t yet attached to the
project, and Murphy has Beverly Hills Cop 4 coming up anyway. Thomas
Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (who penned Night At The Museum) have
written the script. It was originally down for 2010 release, but that
may be a little optimistic now?

The Illustrated Man
Once he’s done and dusted with Watchmen, Zach Snyder has a plethora
of projects he’s linked with, and the remake of The Illustrated Man
has been on the table for a while. Originally made in 1969, and based
on a collection of Ray Bradbury short stories, Alex Tse (who scribed
the Watchmen movie) is on script duties. 2011 would be a good shout
for this one, should Snyder get to it next.

When Worlds Collide
Originally brought to the screen in 1951, and picking up a special
effects Oscar for its troubles, director Stephen Sommers is now
linked to a remake of the film. The story of Alpha Centauri being on
a collision course with the Earth currently has Sommers reportedly
working on a script. He’s currently in post-production on G.I. Joe,
but has also been linked with the new Tarzan movie. Still, this is a
project believed to be live and kicking, and one heading for the
screen in 2010/2011.

Fantastic Voyage
The 1966 classic about a submarine that’s shrunk and injected into a
man’s bloodstream to try and stop a potentially fatal blood clot is
on director Roland Emmerich’s slate. Cormac and Marianne Wibberley ?
who wrote the National Treasure moviess, among others ? are on script
duties. Emmerich is still in the midst of makking 2012, however, so
don’t expect this one for a couple of years yet.

Back To School
The original was a hit for the late Rodney Dangerfield. But the 80s
comedy is now in development again as a vehicle for Cedric The
Entertainer. David Ronn and Jay Scherick are penning the new script,
and the project is currently stuck in development pending a formal
green light. That may be in time to get it to the screen in 2010,
though.

Meatballs
The original: directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Bill Murray. The
proposed remake: potentially to be directed by John Whitesell, he who
gave us Big Momma’s House 2 and Deck The Halls. Hmmm… Expect it in
2010 at the very earliest.

Metropolis
There’s an option out on a new version of the Fritz Lang’s classic,
although there’s been little movement on the project for a while now.
Thomas Schuhly, the producer who worked on Alexander and an
assortment of other projects, is the only name attached thus far.

The Dirty Dozen
Robert Aldrich’s late-60s classic is on producer Joel Silver’s slate
for a remake. An assortment of writers are attached to the project,
although there’s no director or casting news yet. The film is
pencilled in for a 2012 release.

13
The 2005 French movie 13 Tzameti is getting the Hollywood treatment,
with original writer/director Gela Babulani on board for the English
language version. It’s got a promising cast, let by Jason Statham and
Ray Winstone, with the likes of Ray Liotta and Mickey Rourke also on
board. It’s filming now, for a 2010 release.

Conan
It looks like the third big screen Conan adventure will be heading
back to the source material and doing a bit of a `reimagining’

. And
while we’re not averse to the idea of Conan coming back ? with Arnie
apparently having his arm twisted to try and get him to do a cameo ?
the likelihood is that Mr Brett Ratner will be directing, once he’s
done with Beverly Hills Cop 4. A 2010/11 release window is likely.

Clash Of The Titans
A remake of the 1981 movie, this is set to start filming in the
Spring, with The Incredible Hulk’s Louis Leterrier set to direct. Sam
Worthington is the only known casting so far, and the film is set for
release in 2010.

Akira
The film that kickstarted anime cinema’s assault on Western
audiences, 1988’s Akira has been mooted for remake for some time. The
current status is that a final draft of the script is still to be
forthcoming (Gary Whitta is on scribing duties), with Ruairi Robinson
– the 3D animator on Breakfast On Pluto ? down to direct. Leonardo
ddi Caprio is producing but not appearing in what will be a live
action remake. 2011 is the earliest you’ll see it.

The Karate Kid
The 80s classic is heading back to cinemas, possibly as early as the
end of next year, with Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith attached to the
film in the title role. Stephen Chow, the original director linked
with the project, is likely to find his Green Hornet commitments
count him out, so expect news on a helmer shortly. In the meantime,
the script is being polished off, and filming is set for next year.

Death Wish
For our money, this was remade with Jodie Foster as The Brave One
last year. Anyway, MGM still has plans to make a Death Wish movie,
although original choice Sylvester Stallone is not attached, we
understand. The studio is apparently keen to get the project movie
soon, however.

Footloose
The latest news on the planned Footloose remake is that High School
Musical’s Zac Efron is in line to star. HSM’s director Kenny Ortega
is down to direct, for a 2010 release.

The Taking Of Pelham 123
One of the finest films of all time involving a train, The Taking Of
Pelham 123 has been remade, and is now in post production, under the
watchful eye of director Tony Scott. Denzel Washington and John
Travolta are in the lead roles, and the release is set for 31st July
2009.

State Of Play
Can a great, six hour miniseries be remade as a two hour movie?
That’s the plan, as the John Simm-starring series becomes a big
Hollywood film with Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and
Rachel McAdams in the cast. It’s in post-production now, for release
in April 2009. Kevin Macdonald directs, following on from his success
with The Last King Of Scotland.

The Last House On The Left
The remake of Wes Craven’s 70s horror is in the can, set for release
in 2009. Dennis Illiadis has directed, and the cast features Monica
Potter and Sara Paxton. Craven is attached as producer.

Fame
The Alan Parker musical of 1980 is getting remade, and after a bit of
toing and froing, Kevin Tancharoen ? the directorr of Britney Spears:
Live In Miami ? is down to helm the projectt. Filming is due to start
imminently, with a 25th September 2009 release date mooted. A cast of
relative unknowns is in place.

Red Dawn
The 1984 hit is being remade, with Dan Bradley behind the camera, and
Disturbia scriber Carl Ellsworth penning the screenplay. Bradley was
the second unit director on Quantum Of Solace, incidentally. The film
is due out in 2010, but a start date for filming hasn’t been
confirmed.

Short Circuit
This one’s still on for 2010, although a director and cast are still
to be announced. David Foster is producing though, and he was one of
the string-pullers behind the 2005 remake of The Fog. He also
produced the original Short Circuit. And he’s attached to?

The Thing
This one’s still in the script stages, where we hope it gets stuck.
The original is a flat-out classic, but given how many John Carpenter
movies are getting the remake treatment, we suspect it’ll get to the
screen in the next three years.

The Birds
The Hitchcock classic is up to be remade, and Casino Royale director
Martin Campbell is still believed to be involved. A 2011 release date
is mooted, and both Naomi Watts and George Clooney have been linked
to the project. No word on a filming start date, though.

Hellraiser
Clive Barker’s classic is coming back to the big screen, this time in
the hands of writer/director Pascal Laugier. However, it’s still some
way from getting to the screen, given Laugier’s commitment to another
project first. 2011 would, therefore, be a good guess for a new
Hellraiser project.

Poltergeist
No studio seems as committed to pillaging its back catalogue as MGM
is, and Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist is currently on its slate as well.
The 1982 original, produced by Spielberg, will be remade by Vadim
Perelman. He previously directed House Of Sand And Fog, and the new
Poltergeist may make it out for next year.

Oldboy
Steven Spielberg is bringing a new take to Oldboy than the 2003
Korean corker, with Will Smith attached to the project too. Smith has
said that the film will be based on the original manga, rather than
the film itself. Not strictly a remake, then, but you can bet that
the overlap will be noticeable?

Westworld
It’s been an on-off project for so long, that we hope that the late
Michael Crichton’s terrific original will be allowed to stand.
However, a rampaging robot around a theme park is just the kind of
thing Hollywood likes, and the project is still believed to be in the
scripting process.

36
The French original pulled together Daniel Auteuil and Gerard
Depardieu, two giants of France’s cinema industry. The American
remake, has Martin Campbell attached to it (the same Martin Campbell
who is involved with The Birds), and it’s currently being rewritten
with the plan being to go into production next year.

Logan’s Run
It’s been caught in development hell for a while, but the planned
remake of Logan’s Run is believed to be back on the burner. Joseph
Kosinski, who’s currently working on TR2N (or Tron 2, as we prefer to
call it), currently has it lined up as his next project, for a
2010/11 release.

Child’s Play
Chucky is coming back to the big screen, potentially with Brad Dourif
involved in the project. Seed Of Chucky director and original writer
Don Mancini is down to write and direct this remake, which is set for
release in 2010.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Richard O’Brien is believed to be not best pleased about it, but an
option has nonetheless been taken out on a new version of the massive
cult musical hit. No more news is available on the project right now,
so it’s safe to assume it’s a couple of years away.

Flash Gordon
There’s no start date yet for filming, but Breck Eisner ? he of
Sahara fame ? is down to writeite and direct. If there’s no room for
Brian Blessed, we suggest we organise a worldwide boycott right now?

Rosemary’s Baby
The original: a 70s classic, that still pull its punches now.
Directed by Roman Polanski, it’s regarded as one of the best movies
of that decade. The remake? It’s being produced by Michael Bay. It’s
due out in 2010.

The Jetsons
The animated movie is getting a live action remake, clearly inspired
by the stunning pair of Flintstones movies. Ahem. Robert Rodriguez
was in talks to be involved in the project, but no formal
confirmation has since been forthcoming. Expect it in 2011 at the
earliest?

Starfighter
The 1984 cult hit The Last Starfighter could be heading back, with
original director Nick Castle at the helm, presumably with a more
bountiful budget to play with. It’s still in development, though,
with a 2010 release window the earliest we’d get to see it.

Forbidden Planet
The main reason to be interested here is the involvement of Babylon
5’s J Michael Stracyznski. He’s attached to the script for the remake
of the 1956 classic, although it doesn’t appear yet that a screenplay
has been finalised. Joel Silver is producing, with a 2010 release
date planned, but looking unlikely.

Sympathy For Lady Vengeance
Charlize Theron is loosely attached to the planned remake here. Chan-
wook Park, the writer/director of the Korean original, is not
believed to be involved. Theron is currently linked as producer, but
may star when the film gets to the screen, probably in 2010.

Near Dark
Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes company is behind the remake of Kathryn
Bigelow’s 1987 vampire flick. Attached to direct is Samuel Bayer,
whose CV is filled primarily with musical videos to date. The film
seems a little lost in development hell right now, however, and the
release date is at best a few years away.

Barbarella
Grindhouse’s Rose McGowan is attached to the lead role in this
planned new take on the source material that inspired the Jane Fonda
movie of the same name. Robert Rodriguez will be directing, although
the film is reportedly having trouble getting its finances together.
Don’t expect a release anytime soon?

Red Sonja
Rose McGowan again, although this one’s closer to getting to the
screen, giving that the new take on Red Sonja is currently in pre-
production. Directing is Douglas Aarniokosoki, who has previously
done second unit directing work on Taken, Once Upon A Time In Mexico
and Resident Evil Extinction. Presented by Robert Rodriguez (in the
words of the poster, anyway), the film will be out in 2010.

Last Tango In Paris
Believe the rumour mill, and Tom Cruise is potentially circling the
Marlon Brando classic as fodder for himself and his wife, Katie
Holmes. Nothing is in pencil, yet alone ink, but the mere suggestion
of it brings us out in the shivers.

Angel Heart
The Robert De Niro/Mickey Rourke horror, originally directed by Alan
Parker, has been picked up by the man who used to run New Line
Cinema, Michael De Luca. Along with this co-producers, he’s now
believed to be in the early stages of putting a new film together
based around the book Fallen Angel, which provided the foundation for
Parker’s film. It’s a good few years away, though.

The Host
Asian monster movie The Host has been picking up a healthy audience
on DVD, but it’s now also getting the American treatment. The film
has been snapped up by Gore Verbinski ? who remaade The Ring ? and he
will be producing a new version of the film. Firsst time director
Fredrik Bond will be wielding the megaphone, and the film is in the
very early stages of its production life.

High and Low
Mike Nichols is back behind the camera, for a remake of Akira
Kurosawa’s High And Low. The 1963 original was based on the novel
King’s Ransom, and the new version has been written by David Mamet.
Originally developed by Martin Scorsese, Nichols is likely to get it
before the cameras next year.

My Fair Lady
A film that many of us in the land of Geek have a soft spot for, but
perhaps not if Keira Knightley, as planned, gets her paws on the role
of Eliza Doolittle. Musicals are big business right now, though, and
while Knightley isn’t believed as of yet to have committed to the
role, the film is likely to go ahead.

Rashomon
Akira Kurasawa again, with this time a new attempt to get his 1950
classic remade, and this time with a little more luck. Funding is in
place this time, on a version of the film that will switch the action
to modern day America. It’s set for release in 2010, but no director
or cast has thus far been announced.

All Of Me
The classic early 80s Steve Martin comedy, where he shared a body
with Lily Tomlin, is under the remake microscope, with Adam
Shankman ? who directed Martin in Bringing Down The House and Cheaper
By The Dozen 2 ? in line to direct. Shankman has a slate of films in
development though (with Hairspray 2 likely to get top priority), so
a new All Of Me may end up on the back burner. Queen Latifah has been
mentioned as a casting option.

10
The rights have been picked up to do a new take on the Blake Edwards/
Dudley Moore/Bo Derek comedy 10. Edwards is apparently on board as an
executive producer, although a new cast and director is yet to be
announced. Expect a 2010 release, though, would be our guess. It’s
too easy a poster to pass up.

Captain Blood
The Errol Flynn pirate flick of 1935 is inspiring a remake, which is
in no way down to the fact that the Pirates of the Caribbean movies
made potloads of cash. Phillip Noyce is down to direct, casting has
yet to be announced.

Highlander
There will be only one, they said. Bleedin’ liars. The latest entry
in the Highlander franchise is a full on remake of the original,
presumably with the plan of foisting an army of further sequels on
us. Matt Holloway and Art Marcum are writing the new film, and one of
the original producers, Peter Davis, should be back to produce this
one. It’s believed that cameras will roll in 2009.

Brighton Rock
Graham Greene’s classic Brighton Rock is going back before the
cameras thanks to Optimum. 28 Weeks Later scriber Rowan Joffe is
scribbling the new script, which he will also direct, moving the
story to the 1960s in the process. Production should begin next year.

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