Remakes rarely live up to the hype of their originals, but they do give fans a chance to relive their favorite parts of a movie and reconnect with forgotten characters. And of course, they give film studios a chance to capitalize on the existing popularity of an old favorite movie. Whilst the endless parade of remakes that Hollywood seems to be churning out is getting slightly nauseating, there are some reboots which movie buffs can’t help but get excited about. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the more interesting remakes in the pipeline for the future.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Yes, Bill and Ted’s adventures are set to be remade and Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter may just be a part of it. The movie will show Bill and Ted in their 40s, now grown up (or not so, you might suspect). However, fans may have to wait for some annoying red tape to clear before the remake gets under way. “There’s a script but we’re trying to get money together to get the rights from MGM to let us make it so it’s in the business part of show business,” Reeves told the independent newspaper in April of this year, “Right now it’s in a place where it needs the dough to take the next step.” Until then, fans can satisfy their cravings for Bill and Ted’s most excellent brand of humor by watching reruns of the 1990s cartoon series. Why not check out some other great retro cartoons while you’re at it?
Logan’s Run (1976)
Sci-fi fans everywhere are rejoicing at the announcement that Logan’s Run, a classic of the sci-fi canon, is going to be remade for today’s audiences. The movie, so completely ahead of its time when it was released in the ’70s, has achieved cult status over the decades. The movie deals with the issue of overpopulation and is set in a dystopian society where, in order to sustain the population, everyone over the age of 30 is culled. The movie follows the main character “Logan 5” as he tries to outrun his fate. The movie won an Academy Award for its special effects which were groundbreaking at the time. It will be intriguing to see it reimagined for today’s audiences, given how far society and technology has advanced since its inception. There have been a number of obstacles and people have pulled out of the remake, which has been planned since the mid-nineties. Ryan Gosling pulled out of the movie in 2011 and very little was heard about it for a long time. However, earlier this year it was announced that Warner Bros were bringing X-Men: Apocalypse producer Simon Kinberg on board to get things back on track. Watch this space.
Police Academy (1984)
Anyone who can remember the hilarious first Police Academy is going to be excited about the remake. Last year it was announced that comedy duo Key and Peele are producing the remake, although there’s no word yet on who it will star. With a total of seven Police Academy films, there’s no denying that the franchise is a popular one, and the remake will certainly have a lot to live up to. If Key and Peele can find a way to inject new life into the classic format, they will be very successful indeed.