Six 90s Movies That Actually Deserve A Remake
Yesterday we circled the wagons around six films from 90s that we couldn't bear to see get the same treatment as Total Recall-- that is, getting remade. But while it's always your instinct to protect the movies you love, and to assume that a remake is the last-resort effort from a movie industry that's run out of ideas, remakes are basically as old as the movie itself. There are only so many stories you can tell anyway, and if you've got a good one, why not tell it again for a new generation? Ben-Hur was a remake. So was John Carpenter's The Thing. Seriously, they're not all bad.
And the best-case scenario for a remake is that it doesn't just tell the story well, but that it one-ups the original, bringing out themes the previous one didn't, or simply getting the casting right. And as Hollywood inevitably turns its attention to the 90s for stories they can repackage and sell all over again, there are more than a few movies that weren't really so great the first time, but could be great with just a few tweaks. Instead of looking back and wishing they'd gotten it right the first time, why not remake it and do it better? We've got six ideas of 90s movies that might be better as remakes-- take a look at our choices, and let us know your own in the comments below.
Remakes should only be applied to movies that didn’t work the first time through. Why touch Psycho or, to a lesser extent, this weekend’s Total Recall? Those movies worked the first time. Instead, remake flawed films that easily could be improved with better casting, a script polish and/or the industry’s advancements in technology.
Which is why Kevin Reynolds’ Waterworld is the ideal candidate for a remake. The premise still holds promise: Set in a post-apocalyptic future, where the melting polar ice caps have flooded 95% of our planet, a nameless anti-hero with fins and gills begrudgingly helps a young girl who might hold a valuable map to the mystical dry land. It’s hard to believe Waterworld’s $175M budget sank the film. Today, that figure seems cheap for a tentpole. Nearly 20 years ago, though, a project of this size and scope – set predominantly in the ocean – tested Universal’s bottom line and made it nearly impossible for the film to break even. The industry’s better equipped for Waterworld these days. Movies set at sea can be filmed in massive studio tanks. Cutting-edge digital effects could improve on the film’s various stunts. The underlying environmental message of Waterworld still holds weight. Cast a charismatic hero, shoot it in 3D (where the ocean will wash off the screen), and keep the budget in check, and a Waterworld remake could make Universal very rich.
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