More movie remakes!

August 6, 2007 — 5 Comments

God, I can’t take much of Hollywood’s new trend on remaking films. Seriously, it’s getting ridiculous!

Ok, so let’s take a look at a list of remakes from other countries…

Why don’t we start from the Oscar-winning, The Departed, remake of the Chinese Infernal Affairs?

How about some remakes from French films, like Original Sin, Taxi, Unfaithful, Wicker Park – all made between 2000-present. The Italian-based Swept Away, or The Last Kiss… and let’s not forget the newest Hollywood trend to remake every bloody Asian film that was EVER successful – The Eye, which apparently Jessica Alba is starring. Or the Japanese-based Dark Water, The Grudge, Pulse, The Ring, Shall We Dance? Or how about the Korean ones, The Lake House, or the new ones like Oldboy, Tale of Two Sisters, and even My Sassy Girl… probably starring Elisha Cuthbert.

Seriously, this just pissed me off by rumors of Lindsay Lohan being wanted for a remake of the film Jeux d’Enfants – aka Love Me If You Dare – starring the awesome Marion Cotilliard. I mean, the film was done what in 2002-2003, and they already want a remake? For real, if you’re gonna start making remakes from all foreign films that were ever a bit successful, why not make a remake of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I’m sure that movie will translate really well for American audiences, and let’s not forget to make a remake of Amelie, and while you’re at it why not make Life is Beautiful in English too! Yeah, and those rumors about making Battle Royale… those are great too! How about making the American version of Amores Perros, or Y Tu Mama Tambien? I mean, you’ve already made Abre los Ojos, even casting Penelope Cruz in the same goddamn role! Why not make every Almodovar film in an American version.

And man… more remakes and remakes. I mean, I don’t really have a problem with watching a remake, I probably watch the film and watch the original. But it’s the fact that most films or most films that seem worth-it are remakes of something, and it seriously makes me wonder where are we going…

These are just a few of the remakes released between 2000-2007:

  • 2001 Maniacs
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • The 39 Steps
  • The Affair of the Necklace
  • Alamo
  • Alfie
  • All the King’s Men
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Anna Karenina
  • The Arena
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Assault on Precinct 13
  • The Bad News Bears
  • The Bad Seed
  • Bangkok Dangerous
  • Bedazzled
  • Big Bounce
  • The Birds (set to be released in 2009, but thought it was worth mentioning)
  • Black Christmas
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Bourne Identity
  • Brian’s Song
  • Carrie
  • Cat in the Hat
  • Catch That Kid
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Chicago
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Conan the Barbarian (set for 2008…)
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon (another 2008)
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • Dark Water
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • The Departed
  • Dr. Zhivago
  • Down to Earth
  • Eight Below
  • The Entity
  • The Eye
  • Far from Heaven
  • Flash Gordon
  • Flicka
  • Flight of the Phoenix
  • The Fly
  • The Fog
  • Four Brothers
  • The Four Feathers
  • Freaky Friday
  • Fun with Dick and Jane
  • Funny Games
  • Get Carter
  • Gone in Sixty Seconds
  • The Goodbye Girl
  • The Good Thief
  • The Grudge
  • Guess Who
  • Halloween
  • High Noon
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • The Hitcher
  • House of Wax
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • I Am Legend
  • I Married a Witch
  • The In-Laws
  • Insomnia
  • Into the Sun
  • The Italian Job
  • Kidnapped
  • King Kong
  • Lady from Shanghai (another 2008 release)
  • The Lady Killers
  • The Lake House
  • Lassie
  • The Last Kiss
  • Little Women
  • The Longest Yard
  • Love Don’t Cost a Thing
  • Man on Fire
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Midhunters
  • Mr. Deeds
  • Munich
  • Music Man
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Ned Kelly
  • No Reservations
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Oliver Twist
  • The Omen
  • Pathfinder
  • Peter Pan
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Piranha
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Poseidon
  • The Producers
  • Pulse
  • The Quiet American
  • Red Dragon
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • The Ring
  • Rollerball
  • School for Scoundrels
  • The Secret
  • Shaft
  • The Shaggy Dog
  • Shall We Dance?
  • Solaris
  • Spartacus
  • Stepford Wives
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Sunset Boulevard (2008)
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Sweet November
  • Swept Away
  • Taxi
  • Teenage Caveman
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Thir13en Ghosts
  • The Time Machine
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Ultraviolet
  • Vanilla Sky
  • Walking Tall
  • War of the Worlds
  • Warriors
  • What a Girl Wants
  • When a Stranger Calls
  • The Wicker Man
  • Wicker Park
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Willard
  • Yours, Mine and Ours

I rest my case. Comment please.

5 responses to More movie remakes!

  1. yeah, many… aint it?

  2. Well the thing is Hollywood is running out of ideas. The problem is that the new generation of movie go’ers has a choice now. In good old days you could only watch the movie in cinema. Then with the advent of VCR, DVD players and with new generation media centres……people now suddenly have the choice of just watching movies at home.

    Even if hollywood makes new and creative movie….people would still prefer just buying the DVD or renting it online and watching it on home theater systems away from all the cinema rush.

    So basically Hollywood is desperately trying to recycle old movie ideas to lure people to cinema. So far its not working and it won’t work because the issue here is of convenience and truth be told people prefer watching movies at home than going to cinema.

    So Hollywood will keep recycling and making remakes in hope of luring people to cinema.

  3. U are such a geek, how many hours in imdb did it take to figure this out???

    The more sophisticated geek signing out….

  4. imdb is crap for a list like this. just google list of remakes, and you end up in wikipedia, loca! You are just a sophisticated nerd. haha

  5. Yeah better me than u hahahahaa

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