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)
- 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.
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.