10 Movie Reboots to Look Forward to - GeekShizzle

When it comes to remakes the reaction from GS is normally a negative one, and who can blame us? Hollywood is running out of ideas, so they often try to appeal to newer audiences that are not familiar with cult classics. After seeing how many people reacted to the Evil Dead, Carrie and Godzilla remake it’s clear that some reboots marked to hit the big screens will have quit an impact. Hopefully all mentioned future reboots will make it to the silver screen. Let’s have a look at GeekShizzle’s list of 10 Movie Reboots to Look Forward to.

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1. IT

The film that caused many sleepless nights is back to haunt us again. The Stephen King adaptation was one of the best made-for-TV Horror films ever made. The story follows a group of kids called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called “It”, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.

Computers have impacted the way that movies are made now, with better CGI the “IT” remake should be an interesting watch. Hopefully modern film technology can assist to make the reboot even more terrifying than the original. An added benefit is the assistance from top horror director Cary Fukunaga.

Fukunaga won the directing award at the Sundance Film Festival for his drama Sin Nombre. He is attached to develop HBO’s True Detective, which has Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey attached as stars.

UpdateStephen King IT Reboot Moves To New Line Cinema 

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2. Poltergeist

MGM confirmed they are moving forward with their remake of Poltergeist, a 1982 Steven Spielberg masterpiece that has been known as one of the defining films in its genre. Monster House director Gil Kenan, not very known for his achievements besides Monster House and City Of Ember, has been tasked with the huge responsibility to bring the cult classic back to life.

The original Poltergeist is one of my favorite horror films, and it will be very difficult for Kenan to live up to my expectations and other horror film fans alike. Producer Sam Raimi, best known for directing the cult horror Evil Dead series, will join the list of hopefuls to steer the ship.

Poltergeist tells the story of a family who’s tormented by the many spirits that inhabit their home, which is built on an old Indian burial ground.

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3. Spawn

Rumours on the web have surfaced that there will be a Spawn reboot and Jamie Foxx will take on the mantle as Al Simmons, the reluctant soldier of the Devil. The script is almost complete and hopefully soon the casting.

Spawn’s story is about an assassin named Al Simmons who is double-crossed and murdered by his evil boss Jason Wynn. Al makes a deal with the devil and returns to earth as Spawn to see his wife. He is ordered by the devil’s minion, The Clown, to kill Wynn. Wynn has made a deal with the clown too and is suppose to destroy the world with a deadly virus that will help start Armageddon and allow Hell to attack Heaven. Spawn must choose between Good & Evil.

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn is an animated television series which aired on HBO from 1997 through 1999. It is also released on DVD as a film series.

Here is what Todd McFarlane had to say about the reboot:

“One of the things that happened is after the first movie came out I started the toy company and sort of got distracted. But these days, as you might imagine, with the [Hollywood] success of Batman and Spider-Man and some of the Marvel titles, everybody’s on a comic-book buying binge and the phone constantly rings. My attitude toward it is I can’t get my head wrapped around some big special-effects movie with a supervillain in there. There will be plenty of those and they’ve done pretty well. I’ve always seen Spawn as being cut from a different cloth. It’s more of an urban, psychological story that’s being told. The answer I’ve given the last few years is that Spawn should be a small-budget movie in which the only thing that’s out of the ordinary is this thing that intellectually we know as Spawn and there would only be a handful of people that see it. I call it “it” because it never talks, it’s just a force of nature. Really, the story revolves around the people who are trying to decide: “Is the ghost alive? Is the shadow actually moving?” When I give that pitch, some of the executives scratch their heads. To a lot of people, a movie where the [title] character doesn’t talk doesn’t make any sense. There have been a few movies like that. “Alien,” you know, that guy didn’t say much. Or ” Jaws,” the shark didn’t have too many speaking lines. “Jaws” is the closest example, the movie wasn’t about the shark, it’s about the people chasing the shark.”

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4. Daredevil

David Slade is set to direct Daredevil, rumors are already circulating about the film’s plot which could be based on the work of comic book legend Frank Miller. Daredevil tells the story where fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened “radar sense” that allows him to “see” far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he’s done his “day job” Matt takes on a secret identity as “The Man Without Fear,” Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom.

Miller’s “Born Again” storyline redefined Daredevil during the 1980s – and now Slade may be drawing from that source material as inspiration for the reboot. Ben Affleck will is not be expected to reprise his role as the titular hero.

The rights to the Daredevil character are reverting to Marvel and Disney from Fox, a result of the collapsed sequel that would have been directed by Joe Carnahan.

That’s why a Daredevil reboot, Marvel or otherwise, never came about. Fox still held the rights. Affleck didn’t want to do a sequel because “wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon.” In 2008, Jason Statham pursued a possible role in the sequel, with Frank Miller’s backing. But it never came to be.

A Daredevil reboot, Marvel controlled, would be way better!

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First Daredevil Series Footage Shown at NY Comic Con

First Daredevil Series Footage Shown at NY Comic Con

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5. RoboCop

RoboCop tells the story of Alex Murphy (RoboCop), a cybernetic policeman. A creation of a vast corporation, he fights crime and occasional corporate conspiracy in the near-future of Old Detroit.

The screenplay will be dealt with Joshua Zetumer, Nick Shenk, James Vanderbilt and David Self; Shenk wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed “Gran Torino”; while Self on the other hand wrote “Road to Perdition” and “Thirteen Days”; Vanderbilt on the other hand wrote “The Amazing Spiderman” and “Zodiac”.

It appears that this movie will focus more on Alex Murphy’s transition from man to machine, and how it affects his environment and those around him, while the original film treated the subject it didn’t do it as seriously as it was needed to be. So doing a more serious focus on the character’s transition will be a nice thing to see on the film.

The majority of the cast consists of well known and experienced actors. Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Harley and Michael Keaton are part of the main cast of the upcoming remake. Alex Murphy will be played by Joel Kinnaman (who you might remember from AMC’s “The Killing”).

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6. The Crow

The 1994 adaptation of “The Crow” will always be the best on screen rendition of the famous graphic novel by James O’Barr. Director Alex Proyas created a dark, violent, gothic fairy tale that was carried by its star, Brandon Lee, who was killed during the production. The many sequels that followed are far below par and failed to stand agains the original that received instant cult status. ‘The Crow” tells the story of  a poetic guitarist Eric Draven who is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancée are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante’s invincibility.

The reboot has seen many creative teams come and go, including the likes of Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, and James McAvoy for the lead role and filmmakers Stephen Norrington, Nick Cave, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo eager to steer the project in the directors chair. Now, Ed Pressman has F. Javier Gutierrez lined up the director with a script from Cliff Dorfman “Warrior”. There are talks that Eric Draven will be played by Tom Hiddleston (Loki from “Thor”).

According to The Wrap:

“Hiddleston recently had dinner with producers and sent them a makeup test that he did on his own in London. He will undergo a proper makeup test in the coming days, as the character’s appearance is important to fans of the franchise, who should be delighted with the casting of a major member of the Marvel universe.”

“Hiddleston appealed to producers who were enamored with his ability to project both a light and dark side,”

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7. Highlander

The Highlander reboot is based on the original 1986 fantasy film starring Christopher Lambert, about an immortal, sword-wielding Scotsman There are rumours that Ryan Reynolds will play Connor MacLeod in the Highlander reboot. The remake was suppose to be helmed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). Fresnadillo couldn’t find common ground on exactly what the film should be and jumped ship after nearly a year of work behind the scenes, citing creative differences.

The “28 Weeks” director didn’t see eye-to-eye with the higher-ups at Summit Entertainment (Considering this is also the studio that brought us the Twilight saga), you have to wonder what that argument was like. It is a big blow to the production considering Fresnadillo’s background and required influence to see the cult classic through. He originally left the Crow reboot to join the Highlander project. The question that comes to mind, will Fresnadillo’s departure influence the “Green Lantern” star Ryan Reynolds to leave this project as well?

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8. Master of the Universe

For those of you who are not familiar with He-Man and the Masters of the universe, He-Man is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Masters of the Universe franchise. In most variations, he is the alter ego of Prince Adam. He-Man and his friends defend the realm of Eternia and the secrets of Castle Grayskull from the evil forces of Skeletor. I just realized how insanely geeky the previous sentence is, I might as well put on my wizard hat and robe whist reading it.

At the helm of the project is director Jon M. Chu, who is known for two films in the dance-centric “Step Up” series and a documentary feature about Justin Bieber. Chu was involved in the production of the disappointing follow-up of “G.I. Joe Retaliation”, it remains to be seen whether or not Chu is the right man to bring our favorite childhood hero back to life. Hopefully Biebs will not lead as He-man, perhaps She-Man is more fitting.

Like “G.I. Joe”, Masters of the Universe is a franchise near and dear to an entire generation of geeks who grew up with the 1980s animated series, its numerous action figures and the 1987 big-screen adaptation starring Dolph Lundgren.
According to IGN, the reason we haven’t heard any concrete details on Chu’s Masters of the Universe is because he and his creative team are taking the time to hone their approach to the material.

Here’s what he had to say:

“We’re still early, but we’re deep in experimenting. This is the most fun phase for me because we get to try everything we’ve ever wanted to try in ‘Masters,’ and then we get to throw out all the things that don’t work – which is most of it – to know what our right tone is, where we’re going to head with it. And it’s a very important phase because it shows you the direction we’re going to go in the future. We’re very early. We don’t know a lot yet, other than we’re playing around having a lot of fun.”

The new Masters of the Universe may take a bit longer to hit theatres.

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9. Pet Sematary

Another Stephen King adaptation made our list with much anticipation from the GS team. A new film version of Stephen King’s book Pet Sematary is set to be made. The plot of the book follows a family who move into a new house beside a busy road. When the family’s child is knocked down and killed, he’s put to rest in a nearby burial ground – and then rises up from the dead.

The Attic director Mary Lambert helmed a 1989 film based on the book, and now The LA Times reports that 1408 screenwriter Matthew Greenberg has written a script for the new project. He is now set to deliver the script to the Paramount studio, who are reportedly looking for a “high-level director” to take on the project.

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10. The stand

Originally published in 1978 (and re-released in 1990), The Stand tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world resulting from a virus which wiped out most of Earth’s population. The main focus is on a single group of survivors and their good vs. evil battle against Randall Flagg, a demonic figure who wreaks havoc (the character also appears in various other King books).

Ben Affleck’s has really proved himself as a worthy contender for the directors seat with productions such as “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town”. He has been selected to head up the project, unfortunately we haven’t received any recent updates for the version of Stephen King’s (yes, the third Stephen King novel on our list) novel “The stand”. Affleck has been in the development stage for a while and the progress on this is taking much longer than anticipated, Affleck has been working with writer David Kajganich for about a year now and hopefully we can expect something soon?!

When asked about the status of the movie, he had this to say:

“Right now we’re having a very hard time. But I like the idea—it’s like The Lord of the Rings in America. And it’s about how we would reinvent ourselves as a society. If we started all over again, what would we do?”

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