Movies that are worth remaking?

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  1. Eric Peterson

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    First off, I want to start by saying that I am a classic movie lover and hate nothing more than seeing the legacy of a great movie destroyed by a shoddy remake.

    That said, I do believe that there are valid reasons for remaking a film.
    • Great Idea, Poorly Executed (i.e. Not a good movie the first time)
    • Limitations due to Censorship
    • Limitations due to technology
    • Drastic differences from the source material (i.e. Book or Play)

    This topic arises quite often in various threads and sometimes gets quite ugly. Like it or not, the studios are going to continue to do this, because they believe there is a built-in audience and money. Also, there is a history of movies that have had very good remakes.
    • The Maltese Falcon (This was the 3rd time that this story was filmed)
    • Lolita (Personally, I like the remake because it removed the limitations from Kubrick's)
    • Psycho (Just Kidding)
    • The Man Who Knew Too Much (Hitchcock made this twice)
    • Countless others that have slipped my mind.

    Anyway, back to the original point of my thread. Are there any movies that you've seen that you wish somebody would remake.

    The one that struck me was Capra's "Lost Horizon". This movie was so butchered over the years and had many technical limitations. I could imagine this movie being amazing today.

    I'm sure I'll think of others that I've seen, but I thought this would be an interesting topic.
     
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    Battlefield Earth
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    Lawrence of Arabia. [​IMG]
     
  4. John Watson

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    Sometimes I want to see a movie that is out of circulation remade, so that I can finally see it [​IMG]

    Some other times I think a remake that is poorly regarded should be redone, well, such as The Crucible, without the excruciating politically correct updating a la Demi Moore.

    I understand Great Expectations with Gwyneth Paltrow was almost as bad.

    Good thread!
     
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    Oh dear I really love Alexander Nevsky but the sound is terrible - Stalin insisted they use USSR-built sound equipment exclusively......[​IMG] There have been some "half-remakes" with new orchestral recordings patched in but leaving the original spoken dialog. This is only partly successful...
     
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    Every once in a while, I'll flip past TCM and wonder what I'd do if tasked with remaking a movie. The most fun I've ever had with the idea was while watching Goodbye Charlie (Switch was an uncredited remake, but it's just painful to watch).
     
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    If they were worth remaking in the first place... why remake them? Let the classics stand on their own.

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    Dan
     
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    I recently heard that there was a remake of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? in the works. The original was great and ground-breaking for its day. A remake seems to be in bad taste, maybe as another Wesley Snipes movie.

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    I agree completely. I stated that in the first line of my post. But there are movies with great ideas that didn't cut it.
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    Waterworld was another movie with a great idea, but just an absolutely awful movie.
     
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    I always wondered what Logan's Run would look like in the hands of a modern, restrained, competent film maker.

    I remember hearing rumours that Affleck and Lopez were goint to remake Casablanca. Please tell me this is just a rumour? Heck, I'd probably rent it just for laughs.
     
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    The omega man, or the last man on earth, because I AM LEGEND deserves a good film adaptation.
     
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    Yes Brad, I had that bass-akwards, SCARLET LETTER, but Demi is the culprit.

    Of her other work, having seen only GI Jane and Striptease, the question should any Demi film be remade, thats a whole other thread. [​IMG]
     
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    ...Spider Man... (or is it Spiderman ?)

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    Eric, "Lost Horizon" has been remade as a musical so bad it destroyed several careers.
     
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    Eric Peterson wrote (post #1):

     

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