9 Movie Remakes You Didn't Know Were Happening
Guaranteed to make you say "really?" several times
BY Rosie Fletcher | Mar 20, 2017 | Film & TV
So Matrix reboot rumours are all around. But there are others on the way. Others you won't know about. Others you'll wish you didn't know about. Here's a list of remakes that might have passed under your radar. (We haven't included titles like Friday The 13th and Halloween because, hey, they get remade or rebooted every five seconds.)
1 | Scarface
Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, The Equalizer) is attached to direct this redo of Brian DePalma's crime thriller about an immigrant who rises to the top of the UK crime world. The movie is currently in the script stage and hasn't yet cast its lead. But Al Pacino starred in the original, so whoever takes it on has got some tough boots to fill.
2 | Papillon
Charlie Hunnam will play the Steve McQueen role, with Mr Robot's Rami Malek taking Dustin Hoffman's part in this redo of the 1973 true-life story of two French convicts plotting their escape from a remote prison island. The movie is currently in pre-production with Danish director Michael Noer at the helm.
3 | Charlie's Angels
McG made two movies over a decade ago but now Elizabeth Banks, who directed Pitch Perfect 2 (and is an actress) is on board to direct and produce. The movies were based on the '70s TV show so there's plenty of room for her to take it in a different direction and she could be just the woman to re-start a franchise surround kick-ass female agents. David Auburn, who wrote The Lake House, is working on the screenplay.
4 | Jacob's Ladder
This has already been shot and is currently in post-production, so look out for it early next year. The original was the incredibly creepy story of Vietnam veteran Tim Robbins, who suffers some extremely disturbing hallucinations and PTSD after returning from the war. David M. Rosenthal (The Perfect Guy) directs – the film stars Michael Ealy (Seven Pounds), Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy) and Nicole Beharie (Shame). How closely it'll stick to Adrian Lyne's nightmarish original is yet to be seen.
5 | Escape From New York
It's been kicking around for a while, but last year Fox acquired the rights to this remake of John Carpenter's dystopian classic. Apparently they're now at the script stage, with Luther creator and writer Neil Cross penning the screenplay. He seems like a smart choice – if they can throw in Idris Elba as Snake Plissken, the convict parachuted into a maximum-security Manhattan to save a crash-landed president, then they've got a guaranteed hit on their hands.
6 | Murder On The Orient Express
We're not going to lie, this one seems a bit odd to us, not only because it's been adapted several times already. Kenneth Branagh is directing this new adaptation of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot story where the fastidious Belgian investigates the murder of a wealthy American on a train. Branagh will play Poirot himself, while X-Men's Simon Kinberg and Alien's Ridley Scott are producing. Look out for this in 2017.
7 | Robin Hood
Yep, another bloomin' Robin Hood movie. This one stars Kingsman: The Secret Service star Taron Egerton and is tentatively titled Robin Hood: Origins which does not help one bit. Arguably we didn't need Ridley Scott's 2010 Robin Hood so we're not sure what the desire is to do another retelling. But they are. It's got Ben Mendelsohn as the Sheriff of Nottingham and is directed by Otto Bathhurst who did a few episodes of Peaky Blinders as well as that The Prime Minister and The Pig ep of Black Mirror. Yeuk.
Also - there are SEVEN Robin Hood projects in the works. Yep. Seven.
8 | The Fly
According to Deadline, JD Dillard (Sleight) is in talks to direct a remake of The Fly for 20th Century Fox. As well as directing, Dillard will pen the screenplay with his writing partner Alex Theurer. The Fly was originally made into a film in 1958 by Kurt Neumann and starred Vincent Price, David Hedison and Patricia Owens, but the more famous version is the thoroughly icky 1986 one with Jeff Goldblum. Whether this will go full on penis-in-the-bathroom-cabinet remains to be seen.
9 | The Matrix
Yup, a reboot is apparently in the works and Michael B Jordan could be in the frame to be the new Neo (the neo-Neo if you like). The Wachowskis, who directed the original trilogy starring Keanu Reeves aren't involved and nor is 'Nu who said he'd only return if they did. Instead Zak Penn, the man behind X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and the story for The Avengers, is reportedly in talks to write a script.