Five Films Ripe for Remake

I’m not a remake fan. However, here are five films I wouldn’t mind seeing remade in the right hands.

1. Forbidden Planet (1956). For year’s I’ve heard about a remake, but the story still sits. The original is a masterful translation of sound and design, but the post-war Eisenhower crew of the C-57D is terribly dated, the acting stagy, and there is so much to explore with the Krell. Perhaps even a prequel that explores the alien civilization and the fate of the Bellerophon party?

2. The Man from Planet X (1951). Ulmer’s low budget film about an alien visitor stuck in the moors of Scotland is atmospheric with a few frightening moments. I’d love to see an indie production company and revisionist director bring the story to a Latin village or secluded rural setting. The story is key -focusing on the visitor getting back home. A big budget film would we a waste, but done correctly the film would be interesting like the original.

3. Charade (1963). I consider this Stanley Donen mystery-thriller to be a classic, with mega stars Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, plus Matthau, Coburn and Kennedy rounding out a sound cast. Yet the story has plenty of twists and characters that could be effectively reworked for the modern audience.

4. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954). This would be difficult to improve upon, yet the Disney classic omits an entire chapter “under the ice” from the Jules Verne novel. I’m still not convinced that James Mason nailed down Nemo. Shame on me, but I would love to see this done as a big budget production in 3D with CGI enhancements and modern digital photography. But who would play Nemo?

5. Daredevil (2003). I’m not a comic book guy, but I recognize the Ben Affleck film wasn’t good. Pull out the yellow costume and reboot already! And we don’t need 3 villains and a special effects extravaganza. Stunts stunt stunts.

2 Responses to “Five Films Ripe for Remake”

  1. Perry Armstrong Says:

    Upon reading ‘Charade’ my mental image was of Mike Meyers doing his patented Londoner schtick in the Cary Grant role. This might not be the sort of remake you had in mind, but something in the ‘comedy-drama’ vein could be just what Meyer’s career needs right now.

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