Asked by Todd L Ross in MoviesAction & Adventure MoviesClassic Movies
What were the most unnecessary movie remakes or reboots ever made?
July 15, 2019 2:36PM
For several decades, Hollywood has been remaking many classic films, but there have been some major duds. What are the most unnecessary franchise reboots? Here is our Answer.
Robocop (2014)Retaining none of the original’s biting satirical tone, 2014’s reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s masterpiece missed the mark almost completely, instead focusing on the emotional journey of the robotic police officer. It also just didn’t feel like Robocop with the PG-13 rating and the modern-day effects.
Conan the Barbarian (2011)We’d be willing to bet that most people don’t even know that this movie exists. Although the relentless gore in this version is certainly more faithful to the Robert E. Howard books, nearly every other aspect of telling a story falls flat here. Jason Momoa is certainly a charming fellow, but he couldn’t make the weak dialogue work in this easily forgettable remake.
Psycho (1998)More of a thought experiment than an honest reboot, Gus Van Sant’s take on the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller occupies a strange place on this list, almost providing a commentary on the reboot trend itself. A shot-for-shot remake of the original using the exact same script, 1998’s Psycho was an attempt by the director to see if Hollywood’s endless search for moneymaker IPs would work
It did not, with the film being hated by critics and audiences alike. The film serves as some sort of weird statement, though, on the state of Hollywood and its constant remakes and reboots, so in that aspect, it has aged rather well.
The Mummy (2017)Usually, Tom Cruise is a major box-office draw, but even he couldn’t save this disaster of a remake. Attempting to capitalize on the success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe like many movie studios. Universal Pictures went one step further by announcing their Dark Universe with a cast photo before their first film had even released! Included in the plans were Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp, who never actually shot a single frame for any Dark Universe project. Needless to say, the Dark Universe went up in flames when The Mummy failed to succeed at the box office.
The Pink Panther (2006)One of the hardest aspects of rebooting a popular series is recasting iconic roles. Peter Sellers’ take on Inspector Jacques Clouseau is what carried the original series to success. He was originally portrayed as the antagonist in the first film from 1963 in opposition to David Niven’s role as Sir Charles Lytton, the infamous jewel thief. Sellers was so enjoyed as Clouseau that his character became the focus of the series from then on. In the 2006 remake, Inspector Clouseau was played by the infinitely funny Steve Martin, but he couldn’t make the unfunny jokes work with his offensive French accent.
Planet of the Apes (2001)Tim Burton’s take on the 1968 classic definitely has some redeeming qualities, such as the excellent prosthetic makeup or the score from Danny Elfman, but ultimately this reboot is bland in presentation and fails to capture the magic of the original. While the Charlton Heston-led adventure was a pioneering look into the themes of persecution and utilitarianism, the Mark Wahlberg-led story was just your basic tale of revolution seen in many movies of the modern era. Not only that, but the ending just left a sour taste in our mouths when compared to the original. Thankfully, Planet of the Apes was rebooted successfully on another attempt with 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The Karate Kid (2010)Even calling this a remake feels kind of wrong, since the main character in the 2010 film actually learned kung fu, not karate. Changing nearly every detail of a film that was based on cultural history, The Karate Kid reboot feels like a watered-down version of your favorite drink. Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan do their best, but the script is too uninspired and feels like a cynical attempt to just transport the timeless story of Daniel Larusso and Mr. Miyagi to another place. This reboot is a perfect example of adding the wrong new elements to a story that already works.
Ben-Hur (2016)The original 1959 historical epic drama is lauded as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time, largely in part because of the film’s ten-minute long chariot race that took five weeks to shoot. Realistically shot, William Wyler’s Ben-Hur stands the test of time, while the 2016 reboot has already been forgotten. To their credit, they did shoot the chariot race in a similar fashion, but the film was the biggest box office bomb of 2016, failing to get audience members in the seats.