We have a big new movie opening today, “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Word on the street has been pretty positive so far, but the thing that “Amazing Spider-Man” has been most notable for to this point was for being a “reboot”.
I believe it was “Batman Begins” that launched the term “Reboot”. They weren’t remaking a single movie as much as they were restarting the franchise. It was a subtle distinction, but it made sense. Time had passed since the last Batman installment, people were eager to have the franchise back, and Nolan and Bale put out a great picture.
Other reboots quickly followed. James Bond (which had actually been rebooting before the term “reboot” even meant anything), Hulk, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes… they started to come hot and heavy.
But they were still commingled in with the endless stream of Hollywood remakes. Hollywood loves to put out movies whose names already have a foothold, the thinking being that half of their marketing work is already done. So there’s a constant parade of films from the past either relaunching, or being remade directly. There seems to be no bounds, I’ve even heard that a Jaws remake has been being kicked around…
But it’s not ALWAYS a bad thing. The word is that this Spider-Man movie might be really good. And hey, “Spider-Man 3” was awful. There have been a lot of great films that were actually remakes. I didn’t know until a couple of weeks ago that “The Maltese Falcon” was a remake. “3:10 to Yuma”, “The Fly”, “The Thing (’82)”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “The Departed”, there have been a lot of excellent movies that were remakes.
So my question to you is, which movies would you like to see remade, and/or what franchise would you like to see get a reboot? Maybe they weren’t that good and deserve a mulligan, or maybe the special effects could use some modernizing, maybe you’d just like to see the story retold for a new generation. Perhaps the franchise is just dormant and you’d like to see it spring back to life again.
What ever the reasoning, let’s hear it. What movies/franchise would you like to see remade/rebooted?