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Three Remakes That Could Be Amazing or Flop Hard
Remakes Are Coming Whether We Want Them or Not
The movie world loves remakes. That is clear to anyone that takes more than a few minutes to look at upcoming movies. We are getting a reboot that bring a modern classic into a new cinema world and we are seeing childhood favorites re-imagined.
Remakes are becoming more and more common as Hollywood seems to be running out of ideas, or is scared to take on completely new intellectual properties. Hollywood is seemingly falling into the trap of going for the quick buck rather than building new franchises for future generations to want to see remakes of.
The question we all have on our minds is, are these remakes worthy of the names they carry?
Power Rangers Due in 2017
First up we have Power Rangers. This remake is one of the most jarring of the three we have selected for this article. Gone are the kiddie color coded teenagers just trying to attend high school while saving the planet in the evenings. This remake is going more mature and it shows in the trailer below. Don’t expect to see any of the original Power Rangers team in this remake as it is a whole new cast. The only trailer we have so far shows the early events that lead to the forming of the team we know as the Power Rangers.
Power Rangers Trailer
My prediction is that the Power Rangers will end up being just different enough to appeal to fans of the original series. Definitely not one to bring the kids to though as the theme is obviously more mature.
Ghost in the Shell Due in 2017
Ghost in the Shell is the more polarizing of the remakes in this article. Fans were voicing their hatred of the remake as soon as we got the first photo of Scarlett Johansson plays the iconic role in Ghost in the Shell. Many are concerned that she is not the right fit for the role because of her race. The trailer, below, shows that the producer is holding close to the source material which can be both good and bad. Fans wanting more in the Ghost in the Shell universe will be left wanting with this remake.
Ghost in the Shell
Fans that want something that is nearly scene for scene the anime version redone in live action may be better served by Scarlett Johansson’s performance. Then again, maybe not. Personally I really liked the anime original and look forward to seeing what Scarlett Johansson can do in the lead role. Lucy, another action movie starring Johannson, was not exactly a cinema packing success upon release.
The Mummy Due in 2017
The Mummy is the remake that I personally feel we don’t need. The main reason they are redoing The Mummy stars Tom Cruise and is, based on the trailer, nearly a completely new movie versus the Brendan Fraser original. The big reason for this remake is to set The Mummy in the new Universal Monster Movie Universe creating a larger world encompassing more movies. Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf movies are either already announced or on their way, also to feature the Universal Monster Movie Universe.
Personally I prefer the two Brendan Fraser movies and call it quits at that point – not just because of Rachel Weisz. The first two Mummy movies were fun, action based comedies that did it right. A remake seems unneeded other than to establish the character in the larger Universal Monster Movie Universe.
As we continue to see more remakes and the like in movies we will see more of these remakes. For the most part they will probably be polarizing like the three I selected for this article. What will be the next "not too old" movie to see a remake announced is unknown but rest assured that movie executives are eying the franchises under their control right now. How long before we see a remake of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe? Or a live action Voltron movie? What about remaking Airplane! or Nake Gun? Where do we draw the line?
What remake is on your mind as either a potential hit or a likely flop? Let me know in the comments below.