Pop Quiz! Can You Tell The Real Hollywood Remakes From The Fake Ones?
11. TRUE. A seemingly endless stream of directors have attempted to do another adaptation of Jules Verne's novel (the first and most famous came out in 1954, starring Kirk Douglas and James Mason), and David Fincher seemed really close to making it happen until production hit another delay in May, with Brad Pitt balking at taking the lead role. But Australia has ponied up a ton of money in tax breaks to make it happen, and Disney promises they'll start shooting in 2014.
12. FALSE. Even though Eastbound and Down paid homage by naming itself after the theme song, Smokey and the Bandit seems to still be a relic of another time, or maybe there's just nobody bold enough to try and step into Burt Reynolds' shoes. Yet.
13. FALSE. It's possible that All About Eve is one of those movies that just never needs to be remade, given how much it's influenced everything that's come since then (see Mad Men's Bob Benson as just one recent example). But if you found enough great actresses willing to chew the scenery, and one willing to step up to the Bette Davis plate, this is a story that could easily get remade. Just wait and see.
14. TRUE. A Star Is Born is one of the most frequently remade films in Hollywood as it is, with three versions already out there and another one kicking around for years now, most recently with Clint Eastwood directing. Beyonce recently dropped out of the lead role, though, which has us less excited… and wondering if it will get off the ground after all.
15. TRUE. The Brendan Fraser-led series was already a remake in itself, but since that franchise fizzled out in 2008, Universal is attempting to start over again, with two new writers brought on board earlier this year. They're not just any writers either-- Billy Ray was behind The Hunger Games, while Jon Spaihts did Prometheus. They still have to convince us to forget Brendan Fraser, though, which is no small feat.
16. TRUE. Yes, seriously. Despite the generally unremarkable remake of The Thing from 2011, another John Carpenter classic is on its way to the remake floor, with Tom Hardy or Jason Statham possibly up to step into the role originated by Kurt Russell. Those two are pretty much the only people who could get us interested in this… but it still seems like a huge gamble, to mess with something so beloved.
17. TRUE. Somehow the only film by Alfred Hitchcock to ever win Best Picture really is getting the remake treatment, with Danish A Royal Affair director Nikolaj Arcel hired to direct back in March. Actors bold enough to play roles originated by Joan Fontaine and Sir Laurence Olivier have not yet been found.
18. TRUE. Jacques Audiard's French-language tale of crime and redemption is a little too recent to be considered a classic-- it was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2010-- but it's headed for a remake anyway at the hands of Sony. Producer Neal Moritz promises he has the trust of Audiard, but he doesn't yet have a director or cast.
19. FALSE. Some things are apparently still sacred-- The Sting is a Best Picture winner, a giant financial hit, and not anywhere close to being remade. Somewhere, Paul Newman is saying "thank you."
20. TRUE. Yes, really-- Ed Wood's film, often called the worst movie ever made, has been remade by a guy who wants to take away the campiness and make it edgy and grittier. It's impressive to see something that's a worst idea than the original Plan 9, at least.
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