Six 90s Movies That Hollywood Must Not Remake

By CB Staff 2012-07-31 16:47:19discussion comments
For years we have watched as studios have constantly churned out remakes of 80s movies like Fright Night, Clash of the Titans, Nightmare on Elm Street and The Karate Kid, but the release of Total Recall brings us into whole new territory: the 90s. The original adaptation, directed by Paul Verhoeven, came out in 1990, and the remake could very well be the excuse studios need to start mining the rest of the decade for properties to reboot.

While obviously there are some titles that even Hollywood execs know not to touch with the remake pole – such as Schindler’s List, Titanic or Pulp Fiction - there are others that they might be interested in taking a second crack at. And we’re here to tell them that some titles are off limits.

The Cinema Blend team has once again gotten together for a new group feature, this time the subject being “90s Movies That Hollywood Must Not Remake.” Read on for our selections below and then head into the comments section to let us know which 90s titles you never want to see get remade.


Heat
The magic behind Heat is easy to explain, and easy to see. You unite two intense veteran actors with a director who's skilled with action, set them loose in a plot about a criminal and a cop whose lives become inextricably linked, and let the sparks fly. The idea is irresistible, and it made Michael Mann's Heat a modest success when it opened in 1995, and even more highly regarded throughout the years. But Heat exists in a gray area of being well-liked by some but not everyone- i.e., it's in the perfect position to be remade. And yet, even though Al Pacino and Robert De Niro weren't anywhere near the top of their game in Heat, and even though the bank robber plot could be easily updated for a new film, a remake of Heat would lose the idiosyncrasies of both actors that makes it so special. You could hire Daniel Day-Lewis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, or any hugely talented actors, and it still wouldn't have the yellowed world-weariness that sets Heat apart from other thrillers. It would be a generic bank heist thriller, and could actually have the power to ruin our memory of the original.
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