The only thing cooler than a superhero flick these days is a reboot of an old classic. In fact, the last few years has been filled with plenty of film reboots, ranging from Mary Poppins and It to Aladdin, The Lion King and even Child’s Play. To date, an astounding 115 movies are currently in the running for a fresh update for younger audiences. Here’s what’s brewing behind the doors of film studios in Tinseltown.
1. Charlie’s Angels
Nothing screams girl power like being a kickass private detective for an anonymous billionaire. Originally a TV series starring Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, the angels were brought to the big screen in the year 2000, with Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu playing the titular Angels. Now, a third movie is set to hit cinemas in November, with Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska at the helm as the titular Angels. The Sony Pictures flick also stars notable names such as Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin and Noah Centineo, and will see the Angels save the world once again with heels and cutting-edge tech.
2. Home Alone
A 90s cult classic that catapulted the adorable Macaulay Culkin to fame, this charmer is a staple on many a Christmas movie watch-list. That’s probably why Disney’s decision to reboot Home Alone for its Disney+ streaming service was met with plenty of resistance from fans and film critics alike.
For the uninitiated, the fun begins when eight-year-old Kevin MacAllister is left behind after his family flies off to Paris for the Christmas holidays. The rest of the film chronicles his mother’s arduous journey from Paris to Chicago to find her son, who’s been busy fighting off a home invasion by two clumsy burglars. Perhaps the most important question being asked is how the plot is going to be updated, particularly when smartphones completely negate Mrs MacAllister’s hilarious journey home. With no cast, plot details or a release date, fans of this Christmas caper will just have to wait and see if Disney gets it right.
3. The Addams Family
America’s spookiest family was first brought to life by cartoonist Charles Addams, before being adapted into a TV series in 1964 and then into the cult 90s films that starred Raul Julia, Angelica Huston and Christina Ricci. This Halloween, it’s getting the 3D animation treatment, with Oscar Isaac as Gomez and Charlize Theron as Morticia. This time around, the family will battle reality TV host Margaux Needler, an original character created just for the film and voiced by Allison Janney.
This 1984 love story, which starred Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, saw a young man fall for a woman who was secretly a mermaid. What’s different about its modern-day remake? Gender reversal, of course. Channing Tatum will take Hannah’s place as the hunky mermaid (merman, in this case), while his 22 Jump Street co-star Jillian Bell plays the role that Hanks did in the original. It’s being penned at the moment by writer Maria Lewis-Ryan under Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment banner, with no word on production or release dates at this time.
5. Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
Based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel of the same name, Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds is focused on a string of violent bird attacks on the residents of Bodega Bay, California. The film received critical acclaim upon release in 1963, and is considered one of the world’s greatest thrillers. Its modern counterpart by BBC is set to light up the small screen, and although it’s being touted as a reboot of the film, its central storyline will mirror du Maurier’s novella more closely. BBC has yet to announce a release date, but it’s speculated that the miniseries will be screened sometime between 2020 and 2022.
6. Sister Act
Another 90s cult hit, Sister Act follows lounge singer Deloris Van Cartier who gets drafted into a witness protection programme after seeing her mafia boyfriend commit murder. Hilarity ensues when Van Cartier discovers that her protection involves hiding under a nun’s habit at the convent within St. Katherine’s parish. The movie was an instant hit, and even spawned a sequel. While the franchise has stood strong thanks to its Broadway adaptation, it remains to be seen if Disney can navigate through various controversial topics such as religion and women in church – hot-potato issues that were easier to table onscreen in the more PC-friendly environment of the 1990s. The silver lining? Whoopi Goldberg may have a cameo in Disney’s updated offering.
7. The Chronicles of Narnia
Cinemagoers will get another chance to reacquaint themselves with Aslan and the Pevensie siblings in Netflix’s upcoming remake. The 2005 adaptation of this literary treasure was often met with lukewarm reviews, but many are convinced that the series can be taken to newer heights, thanks to Netflix’s already impressive film inventory. However, it’s not clear which book Netflix intends to begin with or when the series will be released. Coco writer Matthew Aldrich has been tasked as the creative director, and will develop it from page to screen.
8. Green Lantern
Universally panned as the worst superhero movie ever – before it even became the norm for superheroes to dominate the summer blockbuster season – Green Lantern is getting a fresh start. David Goyer and Justin Rhodes have been hard at work penning the script with Geoff Johns. But this time around, the movie won’t revolve around Hal Jordan alone; it will, in fact, focus on the Green Lantern Corps and their fight against the evils of the universe. There’s no cast just yet, but don’t hold your breath for Ryan “Deadpool” Reynolds to pick up the mantle of Hal Jordan once again. Instead, expect a fresh gaggle of actors, a (hopefully) better storyline and more stunning CGI effects.