'Child's Play' Remake On The Way
A remake of the classic 1988 killer doll film "Child's Play" is being fast-tracked at MGM with "It" producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith behind the project.
Norwegian filmmakers Lars Klevberg will take on the Chucky reboot, with production starting in Vancouver this fall.
‘The Dark Crystal’
Jim Henson’s 1982 dark fantasy “The Dark Crystal” is getting the small screen treatment in a new 10-part prequel series for Netflix.
Returning to the world of Thra, three Gelfling learn the terrible secret to the Skeksis’ vast powers and set on a mission to spark a rebellion and save their world.
Lisa Henson, Jim Henson Company CEO and daughter of the late pioneering puppeteer, is working closely with Netflix on the series which also brings original puppet conceptual designer Brian Froud to the project.
A planned reboot of the 1994 supernatural revenge movie “The Crow” has been in the works for nearly a decade. Various actors and directors have come and gone from the project.
Unfortunately, the remake hit another roadblock on May 31, 2018 when lead actor Jason Momoa and director Colin Hardy exited the project over creative and financial differences with the film's financier.
The film was rumoured to be a faithful adaptation of the 1989 comic about a man who is brought back from the dead to avenge both his own death and that of his girlfriend. The original film became a cult hit after the accidental on-set death of actor Brandon Lee.
'Conan The Barbarian'
A reboot of "Conan the Barbarian" is heading to TV, with Amazon developing a small-screen version focusing on the sword-wielding warrior introduced in the pulp fiction of Robert E. Howard in the 1930s. Arnold Schwarzenegger famously brought the character to life in a 1982 movie (and again in its 1984 sequel), while "Justice League" star Jason Momoa played the character in a 2011 version.
‘The Mighty Ducks’
“The Mighty Ducks” might skate again on the small screen. A new series is currently in the very early stages of development, based on the early 1990s movie franchise starring Joshua Jackson and Emilio Estevez.
One of Bill Murray's earlier — and still funniest! — movies is set to find new life as a potential CBS series. Don't look for Murray to reprise the role; the sitcom will follow a rebellious outsider who finds his purpose when he enlists in the military and finds himself the de facto leader of a group of misfit soldiers. The single-camera series will be exec-produced by Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, and Zach Cregger, best known as sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U’Know. If things go well, we may see the TV version of "Stripes" debut sometime during the 2018-2019 season — and that's the fact, Jack!
'Are You Afraid of the Dark'
Thanks to Netflix's success with "Stranger Things", Paramount is looking to reboot "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", the young-adult horror anthology series that debuted on Nickelodeon in 1992, ran until 1996, and enjoyed a short-lived reboot during the 1999-2000 season. The original series involved a group of youngsters who met around a campfire and shared scary stories; plot details of the reboot are reportedly being kept under wraps.
Halloween classic "Hocus Pocus" is coming back. The 1993 film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Majimy as three witches who find themselves in modern-day Salem is getting a planned remake.
The film will be a TV movie with an all-new cast, set to air on Disney Channel.
A 'License To Drive'
The upcoming female-driven reboot of "License to Drive" is being touted as the female version of "Superbad". Producer John Davis and 20th Century Fox are working on a reboot to the classic 1988 teen adventure film, which starred Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Heather Graham.
‘A Star Is Born’
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are the latest stars to take on “A Star Is Born”. Most people are familiar with the 1954 version with Judy Garland or the 1976 film with Barbra Streisand, but both of those popular remakes owe their source material to the original 1937 movie which sees an ageing screen star take an aspiring actress under his wing. The story didn’t put the emphasis on music until Garland’s version while the song “Evergreen” from Streisand’s film won the Oscar for Best Original Song. The latest remake is set to be released in 2018 and will feature new music from Lady Gaga.
Rest assured, Jim Henson’s 1986 cult classic “Labyrinth” is not being remade. Instead, a reboot of the series at the hand of horror film director Fede Alvarez is planned with Henson’s children Brian and Lisa are set to produce. The new film will not see anyone step into David Bowie’s iconic role as the Goblin King Jareth, but will instead be an entirely new story set within the universe created by Henson. The movie is currently in development without any stars attached.
‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’
The 1986 con man comedy (which itself is a quasi-remake of an earlier film) is getting a gender-reversed remake. Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson will take on the roles made famous by Michael Caine and Steve Martin in the new flick which comes with a buzzy new title - “Nasty Women” – as the con artists compete in a game which will see the loser flee town. While the 1986 comedy serves as the basis for the upcoming movie, the story has roots in the original 1964 movie “Bedtime Story” starring Marlon Brando and David Niven as two gigolos who compete to see which of them is the best at their profession. “Nasty Women” is expected to begin filming later this year.
‘Terms Of Endearment’
Oprah Winfrey will step into the Oscar-winning role made famous in 1984 by Shirley MacLaine in a remake of “Terms Of Endearment”. The original film about the complex relationship between a mother and her dying daughter took home five Oscars, including Best Picture. This time around, Lee Daniels, who previously directed “Precious” and “The Butler”, will take on directing duties. No word on who will join the cast as Winfrey’s daughter but in a perfect world, we’d love to see Lupita Nyong’o take on the role.
Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell have reportedly signed on for a gender-reversed remake of Ron Howard’s 1984 comedy “Splash”. The original film saw Tom Hanks fall in love with a mermaid played by Darryl Hannah. This time, the remake will see Bell’s character fall in love with Tatum’s merman after he saves her from drowning. The movie is still in the early development stages.
The Princess of Power will return to Netflix in a new animated series. Girl-power cartoon icon She-Ra made her TV debut in 1985 and will get a modern makeover for her new series, set to be released in 2018. "Fans are in store for an epic and timely tale that celebrates female friendship and empowerment, led by a warrior princess tailor-made for today," Netflix said in a statement.
“John Wick” director Chad Stahelski will take on the immortal Scotsman in a “Highlander” with a screenplay written by “Twilight” and “Jessica Jones” writer Melissa Rosenberg. “Highlander” has already been the source of many movies and TV series, but the new version will serve as a reboot of the franchise for the big screen with a new actor taking on the role made famous by Christopher Lambert in the 1986 original.
One good thing came out of 2011’s abysmal “Green Lantern” – the meeting of future husband and wife Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. Now, the DC Comics property is getting another shot with a reboot in 2020. “Green Lantern Corps” will focus on the intergalactic police force who are part of the Guardians of the Universe. “Man Of Steel” and “Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” writer David S. Goyer will write and direct.
'The Great Outdoors'
Kevin Hart will head into “The Great Outdoors” in a reboot of the 1988 movie starring Canadian comedy legends John Candy and Dan Aykroyd. There’s currently no word on who will partner with Hart in the wilderness comedy that sees one man’s quest for a relaxing weekend getaway ruined by his obnoxious in-laws. The script will be based on the original story written by John Hughes.
‘An American Werewolf In London’
Talk about keeping it all in the family. John Landis’ 1981 horror flick “An American Werewolf In Paris” is getting a remake courtesy of his son, Max Landis. Instead of two college bros, the younger Landis’ screenplay will focus on a couple – with the woman the one who ends up on the wrong end of a werewolf bite - meaning we’ll get to see a female werewolf again, just like in the 1997 sequel “An American Werewolf In Paris”. The project is currently in development with casting yet to be announced.
The 1976 sci-fi thriller and subsequent TV series is being primed for a “The Hunger Games”-style franchise. Based on a 1963 novel, it’s a surprise it’s taken this long to get a “Logan’s Run” remake off the ground. Set in 2274, life in a sealed city is idyllic until you turn 30 and are sentenced to a ceremonial death. But according to legend, a few newly-minted 30-year-olds known as “Runners” escape in search of sanctuary, only to be hunted down by a ruthless task force. “Colony” writer Ryan Condal is working on the script with a rumoured 2019 release date.
‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’
It may be the most unexpected reboot on this list, but even 1997 teen scarefest “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is heading to the big screen again. Based on the 1973 teen novel by Lois Duncan, the original movie starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe and spawned two sequels. If his previous movies “Oculus” and “Hush” are any indication, writer-director Mike Flanagan is likely to up the horror ante this time around. When the project was announced in 2016, Flanagan said his movie would be a re-imagining and reinvention of the source material, so don’t expect a fisherman armed with a hook to play a major part in the plot.
‘Big Trouble In Little China’
A truck driver and his friends get into an unexpected battle with an ancient, evil Chinese sorcerer in this remake of the 1986 movie starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall. Dwayne Johnson is attached to star in the new version with a screenplay from Marvel writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz who co-wrote “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class”. With no production start date set, Johnson is currently the only star attached to the project.