The majority of the time that I look on the internet and see a movie is being remade or rebooted makes me roll my eyes. Some movies were awful and could maybe be remade into something better (Dredd 3D), and others are classics that don't require a remake, but money makes it happen. Here is a rundown of movies that are being remade/rebooted for absolutely no reason other than money:
Whether it is a remake or a reboot or a refresh isn't clear, but it's a movie that doesn't need anything else. Emilia Clarke is coming in to play Sarah Connor, which is a good casting choice considering her performance in Game of Thrones, but it's all but pointless to make anyway. The Terminator was a great film, and the sequel was even better. Go and watch Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and the effects still hold up after 20 years. Then, go and watch Terminator 3. Then, go watch Terminator: Salvation. Woof.
There will also be a tie-in television series that leads up to the film. There has already been a television show that wasn't bad, but Fox mishandled the show and the ratings plummeted as a result. We'll see how this turns out, but I'm torn because this franchise has already been squeezed of so much for no reason.
This movie has already been remade. It's called The Fast and the Furious, and the movies sucked, as did the five and presumably the sixth sequel that is being redone on top of Paul Walker's sad death. This movie is an example of a perfect Saturday afternoon television action movie. It's silly, memorable, and well-done. Remaking it will be a waste of money like the recent Red Dawn, which was equally as silly, but enjoyable. Scenes in Point Break even make appearances in other movies like Hot Fuzz, which makes me love Point Break even more, but not Bad Boys 2. That movie was like slipping on ice in front of all the girls I've ever liked.
Take the revolutionary Japanese film based on the mind-blowing manga based in New Tokyo, and then set it in New York with white people with Japanese names? Sound stupid? Well, Hollywood has done it before and it has proven to be a disaster. They took a $1 billion franchise like Dragonball and white-washed the hell out of it. They took Avatar: The Last Airbender, and did the same, and made one of the worst films in recent memory. Akira is the single most important entry responsible for bringing Japanese anime to America, and it will be turned into a bloated piece of garbage.
I'm a Detroiter, so this is just a bad idea. Robocop was hyper-violent and satirical in a genius way that really worked. In the trailer for the new movie, you see the silver version of it that takes you back, but then it's painted black to be cool? I don't really get what they are trying to do in this except show off new CGI capabilities.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The original film is a great feat of indie filmmaking. It had the sense of realism over the complete absurdity that really worked. I was used to the cartoon, and the movie based it off the comic book that was a joke based off of Frank Millers' works. But now, Michael Bay is taking it and dragging it through the mud of probable cheese CGI and plot written around explosions.
On all of these, I don't want to sound like that nerd that says, "This is ruining my childhood! That show/movie is my parents! You're killing my parents!" But, there are some movies or shows that are just good and don't need to be redone. Imagine if painters were like, "I want to unveil The Mona Lisa: Reboot." People would be confused. Then again, Transformers 3 made a crap ton of money, so I may just be in the minority.
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