Sunday, June 07, 2015

10 films we want to see remade

Mad Max, Carrie, Poltergeist, Total Recall, The Women,  . . . It seems the studios can't stop raiding their own pasts.

We don't think they've raided wisely but as long as they're raiding, here's 10 films we'd love to see remade.

1) Valley of the Dolls.

Come on, you know Lindsay Lohan would be perfect as the next Neely O'Hara

2) Cat People.

The film Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway should have made together instead of Love & Other Drugs.

3) What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

This Bette Davis and Joan Crawford classic has been remade for TV with Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave as the two sisters.  But it's due for a return to the big screen.  Faye Dunaway would be perfect in the Davis role.  Jane Fonda, Barbara Hershey, Alfre Woodard or Sally Field could excel in the role of Blanche.

4) Showboys.

In this remake, a la Magic Mike, the burlesque dancers take the stage as part of an all male review in a gay club.  We see Zac Ephron as the lead with James Franco or Jamie Foxx in the Gina Gershon role and Jennifer Lopez in the role of stage director Tony Moss.

5) Against All Odds.

In this noir remake, Gerard Butler plays the injured football player and Halle Berry essays the Rachel Ward role.

6)  The Barefoot Executive.

Jonah Hill and a monkey.  Need we say more?  Add Vanessa Williams in the role of the network exec and the film makes itself.

7)  The Glass Key.

Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger team up again for the first film since LA Confidential.

8) 3 Days of the Condor.

This time the lead role is played by a woman: Angelina Jolie.

9) The Glass Bottom Boat.

Michelle Pfeiffer takes on the lead in this remake of the Doris Day classic.  Russell Crowe or Matt Dillon plays her love interest.

10)  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck star in this remake, now set on a gay cruise, which finds Damon in the role Marilyn Monroe made famous and allows Ben to tackle one of film's most camp musical numbers ever "Isn't There Anyone Here For Love?"

We didn't include A New Leaf because Jim Carey's been working on getting that remake up for years now.  As a bonus we will note it's time to remake A Star Is Born yet again and we'd recommend Beyonce as the up and coming star who falls in love with an established star.  Each version of the film has modernized it so we'd offer it's time for it to revolve around a same-sex couple and we'd argue that either Jada Pinkett Smith or Angela Bassett would be great in the role of the already established star.

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