Each year, a large number of old films are re-made or re-booted, and 2017 looks to be no exception, with makeovers of some of our very favorite films ever in the pipeline!
- Mary Poppins
The first film I have to mention is one of the greatest classics ever. First released in 1964 and directed by Robert Dunne) Stevenson, it starred Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke and David Tomlinson, and was based on the novel by P.L.Travers. The story is of a Nanny,( Mary Poppins), with a few magic tricks up her sleeve who, together with an equally magical chimney sweep, (Bert), comes to the rescue of the dysfunctional Banks family. Set in London in 1910, the book was actually written in 1934. The new version is directed by Rob Marshall and will star Emily Blunt as Poppins, alongside performances by Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- An American Werewolf In London
Next on the list is the cult comedy horror which was originally released in 1981, and starred David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Joe Belcher. Set on the English moors it features on two American backpackers who have the misfortune to come into contact with a werewolf. Jack (Griffin Dunne) is killed by the dangerous creature but comes back to warn David (Naughton) that he will turn into a werewolf when the next full moon appears. Directed by John Landis the film won awards for the breathtaking makeup special effects created by Rick Baker. The new film’s director and actors are yet to be confirmed, but we are promised a modern slant on the old favorite.
This 1991 horror film starred Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Joel Schumacher, it focused on students studying medicine who decide to experiment with life after death, and the results are terrifying. This time around it stars James Norton, Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev, and is directed by Niels Arden Oplev.
- Drop Dead Fred
This brilliant film from 1991 appealed to both children and adults and starred Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates and Marsha Mason. Directed by Ate de Jong it centered on the mad antics of an imaginary friend who can only be seen by the unhappy child that he has been sent to help, and Rik Mayall fitted the role perfectly. The director is yet to be confirmed but Saturday Night Live writer Dennis McNicholas is reported to be interested in creating the new film with Russell Brand in mind for the starring role.
- Police Academy
Classis comedy from 1984 here, starring Steve Guttenberg, Kim Cattrall and G.W. Bailey. Originally directed by Hugh Wilson it told the story of a bunch of hapless rookie recruits and their hilarious attempts at becoming qualified police officers. The director is to be announced but Scott Zabielski has been linked to the idea and the original producer, Paul Maslansky, is also rumored to be on board.
The only cast members mentioned so far are Key and Peel, who are also co-producing with Malansky.
- Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Another great comedy, this cult film first starred Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as two time-travelling dudes. In 1991 the film was directed by Stephen Herek and so far the new director has not been named. However, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have been brought back to reprise their original roles.
- Three Men And A Baby
The lovely story of three unprepared and inexperienced men being left to look after a baby was a huge hit back in 1987, and starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson. Directed by Leonard Nimoy it was a comedy drama which really tugged at the heartstrings. Rumors have been circulating for some time that Adam Sandler will be involved with the remake somehow, and Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider have been named as the new three men (who apparently will be gay) being landed with the baby this time around.
- Don’t Look Now
Back to horror again, and this time it’s the classic 1973 film starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie which is getting the remake.
Directed by Nicholas Roeg this atmospheric, tense piece told the story of a couple whose small daughter had drowned. Still grieving, they head to wonderfully watery Vienna to combine work with a holiday, but an odd series of events leads them to even more devastation, scarily predicted by a blind psychic. No director or cast members have been announced yet, but producers Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman from The Picture Company are reported to have taken their idea to Studio Canal.
Judging just by these 8 titles alone, 2017 is already promising to be a very good year for film fans! Here are some more remake movies we have presented you earlier: