As the saying goes, there are no new ideas. We’ll be seeing proof of that with modernized takes on several classic films, including Dirty Dancing, Jumani, Tarzan and The Magnificent Seven.
But what is it about remakes that fascinates us as viewers? It’s that we would rather see a new story with the same characters than a cheap knock-off story with similar storylines and characters. Tell us straight-up we are getting the same story that molds with our current events, than hide a dancing Romeo and Juliet story that is actually a cheap version of Dirty Dancing.
We have a look at some of the upcoming remakes and how (or if) the storylines have been changed.
The question of 2016 will be: “Did we really need a Point Break remake?” The 1991 original, starring Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze, is about FBI agent Johnny Utah’s investigation of a group of surfers who are possibly bank robbers. The remake is similar, but Utah is infiltrating a group of extreme athletes instead. It seems the remake will be more about action and thrills, and less about the heart and soul found in the original.
Another Patrick Swayze remake (Does Hollywood have no respect?), this one a television special starring Little Miss Sunshine and Scream Queens star Abigail Breslin. The 21st century Dirty Dancing production will take place in the 1960s, with Baby vacationing in the Catskill Mountains with her family. Baby falls in love with the resort dance teacher, leading to some dirty dancing. Instead of a feature film, the new Dirty Dancing will be a three-hour special in the same vein as NBC’s musical specials The Wiz and The Sound of Music.
This remake of the 1995 film is slated for a 2016 Christmas release. According the filmmakers, the new Jumanji will be less of a remake and more of a new adaptation of author Chris Van Allsburg’s book Jumanji. No other news has been released about the remake, so our dissection will have to continue down the road.
Similar to Jumanji, this will be more of an adaptation than a remake. Entitles The Legend of Tarzan, this actually looks an interesting new take on an old story. Years after abandoning the Congo, Tarzan returns to work in trade, but it turns out to be part of an evil plot against him. David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, has an star-studded cast, including Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Djimon Hounsou and Alexander Skarsgård. This is one remake we’re definitely excited about.
The Magnificent Seven
We are torn about this remake coming in 2016 since it is a remake of a remake. The 1960 version is a remake of the classic Seven Samurai film from 1954. With this 2016 remake, we wonder if the new version will at all honor the Japanese film or completely bypass all homage and instead create an action packed American film? The cast seems amazing enough, with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Matt Bomer included, but we will have to wait until late 2016 to see how this remake turns out.