Hollywood still likes to tell original stories here and there, but a lot of what hits theaters throughout a year nowadays are based off existing intellectual property. Sometimes these come in the form of sequels and prequels, and other times they come in the form of straight-up do-overs, i.e. remakes and reboots. 2017 revisited quite a few properties that people are well familiar with from earlier theatrical movies and/or TV shows, and 2018 will keep that trend up.
Sometimes remakes/reboots successfully readapt an existing story, other times they fall with a huge thud. It's too soon to tell how any of the following movies will perform in theaters later this year, but if you're interested to see what's being released under this category from now until the end of 2018, we've complied them for you below, in order of release date.
Release Date: March 2nd
Inheriting the Paul Kersey role from Charles Bronson, Bruce Willis is leading the Death Wish remake that's hitting many of the same beats as the 1974 original, which was based off the 1972 book written by Brian Garfield. After his wife is murdered and his daughter is brutally assaulted, Kersey (who is a doctor in this version rather than an architect) becomes a vigilante to dispense his idea of justice to criminals. The original Death Wish movie spawned four sequels, and while it's too soon to say if the Eli Roth-directed remake will get even one follow-up, whether you're a fan of the first Death Wish movie or are simply looking for an action movie to watch early in the year, it looks like the new Death Wish will offer plenty of pulse-pounding thrills.
Release Date: March 9th
If The Upside doesn't sound familiar to you, that's because it's not based off an existing American title, but rather a 2011 French movie called The Intouchables, which was tremendously successful in its home country. Like The Intouchables, The Upside is a "comedic look" at a wealthy paraplegic, played by Bryan Cranston, and the unemployed man with a criminal record, played by Kevin Hart, who is hired to help him. The Upside debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last September and was met with mixed reviews, but perhaps it will fare better among general audiences.