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Overdone Hollywood Movie Remakes

Updated on August 9, 2015

The title says it all - there are some themes in Hollywood that have been remade so many times that it has literally made every single one of the movies unwatchable. Here is a list of the most overdone movie remakes and a plea to Hollywood to give it a rest.

King Arthur Remakes

The list includes major motion pictures and countless minor ones. The big names are Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Excalibur (1981), First Knight (1995), and King Arthur (2004). On the minor list are about fifteen others since 1980 alone. There have been seventeen other movies made in the history of film and sixteen others who have adapted the theme to fit their screenplays.

On top of film, there have been twelve different series relating to King Arthur or Merlin. That's overkill.

Superman Remakes

This is one well that they keep dipping into with some success. The list includes Superman (1980), Superman II (1981), Superman III (1983), Supergirl (1984), Superman IV (1987), Superman Returns (2006), and Man of Steel (2013). There was the original in 1951 with George Reeves as well.

On top of film, there have been eighteen different television series in which the character has appeared.

Spider-Man Remakes

This one might be even more annoying than all the Superman movies. The list has two different threads with sequels in each. It starts with Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). Can we get some creativity with the sequel names at least.

There was also a run on television in the late 1970s both domestically and internationally.

Robin Hood Remakes

Three major motion pictures since 1990, including Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Robin Hood (2010). Countless references in other movies and some major league television series both here and abroad.

All in all, there are probably fifty different options of remakes done on this character. But none are probably as good as the Errol Flynn version.

Pirahna Remakes

For a character that doesn't talk at all, this one has a good shelf life. The original Piranha in 1978 was a classic. Then they felt they needed a sequel in Piranha Part II: The Spawning (1981). They remade the piranha theme with Piranha 3D in 2010 and then added a sequel in 2012 with Piranha 3DD.

There were also three TV Movies across the years (1995, 2010, and 2012).

King King Remakes

There have been seven themes based on the big guy with an eighth in the works. It started with King King (1933), The Son of Kong (1933), King King vs. Godzilla (1962), King Kong Escapes (1967), King Kong (1967), King Kong Lives (1976), and King Kong (2005).

Kong also has two television series in his name and a third coming out in 2016.

Godzilla Remakes

There have been twenty-eight Godzilla films made in Japan alone from 1954 to 2004. In America, there have been seven films produced for release here. Godzilla, King of Monsters (1956), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), Monster Zero (1970), Godzilla 1985 (1985), Godzilla (1998), Godzilla (2014), and Godzilla 2 (2018) is in the works.

Godzilla also had an epic run as television. He ran from 1954-1975, 1984-1995, and 1999-2004.

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      3 years ago

      This is amazing article i love it..

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      3 years ago from Canada

      I have to agree with you.. when the turn out is good on a show, it is easily destroyed by constantly doing re-make after re-make. Personally I thought it was rude of them to do a Superman remake within ten years of Reeve's death.. would have been more of a success if they waited 20 years.

      Great Hub!

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      3 years ago

      I think it would be an interesting epixrement for a Hollywood remake of a low budget film to be made with the exact same budget as the original (adjusted for inflation?). Then they would have to be just as creative with what they have at their fingertips as the original.

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      Jee Ann G 

      4 years ago

      The poll says it all! NO MORE PIRANHA REMAKES, PLEASE!


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