I don’t see why people are worried about the writing strike, with all of the remakes out in Hollywood these days this may just push them to the next inevitable step, just use the original script to remake the original flick. In the very short-lived animate series, Clerks, Randal manages to get several famous directors on the stand, grill them for a while and demanded his 7 bucks back, and I’m here to piggyback on that!
- Bedtime Story, made in 1962, remade in 1988 as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
- Birds of a Feather, made in 1978, remade in 1996 as the Birdcage
- Cape Fear, made in 1962, remade in 1991
- Dracula, made in 1931, remade in 1970, 1979, 1992
- The Fly, made in 1958, remade in 1986
- The Fog, made in 1979, remade in 2005
- The front page, made in 1931, remade in 1940 as His Girl Friday, in 1971 as the Front Page, and in 1988 as Switching Channels
- Get Carter, made in 1971, remade in 2000
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers, made in 1956, remade in 1978, in 1993 as Body Snatchers and 2007 as Invasion
- King Kong, made in 1933 and remade in 1976 and 2005
- The Ladykillers, made in 1955 and remade in 2004
- The Manchurian Candidate made in 1962, remade in 2004
- Manhunter, made in 1986, remade as red dragon in 2002
- Oceans Eleven, made in 1960 and remade in 2001
- The Pink Panther, made in 1963, remade in 2006
- Planet of the Apes, made in 1968, remade in 2001
- The Poseidon Adventure, made in 1972, remade in 2006
- Psycho, made in 1960, remade in 1998
- Shaft, made in 1971, remade in 2000
- War of the Worlds, made in 1953, remade in 2005
- Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971, remade as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005.
This is just a short list, there are many more out there. Between that and making classic TV shows into movies movie pickings are getting lean. Studios are going with the safe bets, if a flick made money before it should again right? There are whole libraries full of books people would like to see as movies, why not try a few more of them? There are countless books and writers both being ignored by Hollywood, I think its about time they started looking around, before we get Oceans 14, or Rush Hour 4, or Gilligan: the Movie.
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