Some tales are timeless. Some stories get better as they are repeated. As long as they are told in a good manner, in a better way than the last one was, repetition of stories is hardly a problematic matter. There are movies like ‘A Star is Born’ that never lose their lustre. There are some stories that are so important that they need to be told time and again because the world needs them. And then, there are some stories that had amazing potential but the storyteller was rather lousy at their job! Hence, it becomes all the more important to re-tell these stories, in the right manner, the way they deserve to be told. Remaking is, thus, one of the most important trends in the field of filmmaking. Everyone has a different perspective and everyone has a different way of telling the same tale. Even a gossip doesn’t move forward in the same way as it began. Then, it is rather unacceptable to believe that one story has only one fixed direction. I don’t know about people, but stories do mature over time, some more than others. Numerous movie remakes are under development, and if you want to know if any of your favourites, here is the list of upcoming movie remakes coming out in 2019 and 2020. We hope that these latest new movie remakes are as good as some of the recent ones.
20. Jacob’s Ladder (February 1, 2019)
In 1990, Tim Robbins starred in a psychological horror about a man who returns from the Vietnam War and gradually begins to lose his sanity in the aftermath. His hallucinations become more vivid and bizarre as the time passes and he begins to distrust the ones closest to him. The film takes a bizarre turn by the end, which is quite difficult to explain. When it was released, the film wasn’t appreciated as much. It had a modest box office performance and though it received some critical praise, the audience had pretty much discarded it. Over time, it gained a cult status and its popularity prodded the filmmakers to make it again.
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19. What Men Want (February 8, 2019)
As is often stated, men and women come from different planets. None of them understands each other, and they often wonder what is going in the mind of the other party. In 2001, Mel Gibson starred in a film called ‘What Women Want’. The film tells the story of a man who, one day, out of the blue, develops the ability to hear what is going on in the minds of the women around him. The upcoming ‘What Men Want’ explores the same idea but from the perspective of the different gender. Taraji P. Henson (known for films like ‘Hidden Figures’) will play the role of a woman trying to succeed in a man’s world. When she gets the ability to get into the minds of men, she decides to use it to further her career ambitions.
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18. Pet Sematary (April 4, 2019)
No one can tell a horror story the way Stephen King tells them. This is why his novels are a popular source for the adaptations into films. ‘Pet Sematary’ is one of his most famous stories, and perhaps, one of the scariest ones as well. It was adapted into a film in 1989 where King played a cameo. Netflix has recently been taking over the horror genre by making great TV shows and movies (the most recent being the adaptation of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’). They greenlit a project for the second adaptation of King’s novel, and in a few months, we’ll have our film. Jason Clarke and John Lithgow will star in the leading roles.
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17. Hellboy (April 12, 2019)
‘Hellboy’ was a series of comics published by the Dark Horse Comics. In 2004, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro adapted it on screen with Ron Perlman playing the role of the half-demon. The remake of this film will be directed by Neil Marshall who is known for directing the episodes ‘Blackwater’ and ‘Watchers on the Wall’ of ‘Game of Thrones’. David Harbour, who has most recently appeared as the fan-favourite character of Jim Hopper in Netflix’s popular series ‘Stranger Things’, will appear in the leading role. Said to be more dramatic, and dark themed than its predecessor, ‘Hellboy’ will also star Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and Sasha Lane in important roles.
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16. Aladdin (May 24, 2019)
There have been several versions of Aladdin made in the past. Some great, while others not so much. This version looks promising because Guy Ritchie is directing it with Disney’s backing. Mena Massoud is starring as the titular character along with Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. The film is an adaptation of the famous folklore stories from the “The Arabian Nights,” which centres on the battle of Alladin against the sorcerer named Zafar with the help of his trusted aid “Genie.” The screenplay of the film is written by John August, Guy Ritchie and Vanessa Taylor. Walt Disney Pictures, Rideback and Marc Platt Productions are producing this upcoming fantasy with Disney distributing the movie worldwide.
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15. Grudge (June 21, 2019)
Horror movies are always anticipated because the audience hopes that they will come across a new face of horror in the new films. Recently, only a couple of films have truly made a mark in this genre, while the rest have reused and recycled the clichéd storylines. The 2004 film, ‘The Grudge’ was inspired by a Japanese film. To maintain the authenticity of the content, the film was set in Japan. A fresh premise and a new type of ghost were liked by the audience and two more films were made under the banner of the franchise. The last film came out in 2009 and since then, there had been no more developments in the story of the “Ju-on”. Let’s see what this new remake adds to the already set world of ‘Grudge’.
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14. Child’s Play (June 21, 2019)
‘Child’s Play’ was a 1998 film which told the story of a murderous toy, or rather a toy which is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer, who spreads blood and mayhem wherever it goes. The toy’s name was Chucky and the initial films in its series were successful in scaring the audience. However, with the succeeding parts, the series took a ridiculous turn and by the time it met its end, no one was taking Chucky seriously anymore. It was time to remind people of the damage that a vengeful doll can wreak, and so, we have a remake.
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13. The Lion King (July 19, 2019)
‘The Lion King’ is one of the most impactful animated films we had seen in our childhood. The story of a young Simba idolizing his perfect father and then losing him to the backstabbing of his devious uncle was classic ‘Hamlet’, but with the touch of Disney. The 1994 film became an instant classic and its catchphrases like ‘Hakuna Matata’ became very popular. After the success of ‘The Jungle Book’, Disney call upon Jon Favreau to direct the live-action remake of this film, and considering what an excellent job he did with Mowgli’s story, there is no doubt that his adaptation will do justice to the original.
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12. The Addams Family (October 18, 2019)
Every family is unique. Most are dysfunctional in one way or another, while only a few can be called normal. And then there are some that are outright weird! ‘The Addams Family’ is certainly one of those. Although a normal family in basic terms, the appearance and the aura of the Addams set them apart from the rest of the world. The most interesting of them all is the matriarch of the family, Morticia. Her dark humour, sharp sarcasm (more like scarcasm) and witty one-liners make her the best character in the family. A live-action film was made years ago which was quite loved by the audience. Now, an animated remake is set to premiere next year.
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11. Charlie’s Angels (November 1, 2019)
‘Charlie’s Angels’ began as a television franchise, which was then adapted into two films that featured Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu playing the role of the titular trio. The films met with success however, they weren’t continued due to various reasons, most prominent, perhaps, is the lack of proper content. The story had potential nonetheless and now, it will be tapped in again with the new film. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska have been cast as Angels. Elizabeth Banks will direct the film. She is also the producer and co-writer for the film.
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10. Terminator 6 (November 1, 2019)
‘Terminator’ is one of the best movies in the action sci-fi genre. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be remembered for the role of the assassin robot from the future. His portrayal has been so iconic that not once has he been replaced, and has appeared in all the instalments in one way or another. The story of John Connor has taken sharp turns over the years, and the series entered a reboot stage with ‘Terminator: Genisys’ trying to introduce new concepts and new tech to its audience. However, these efforts weren’t so successful, and the next film in the series is supposed to rectify that. It will discard all the films after the second part and present a reboot of the series while serving as the sequel to the second part.
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9. Little Women (December 25, 2019)
Over the years, Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the same name has acted as an inspiration for several stories, having been officially adapted onscreen seven times. The eight adaptation comes in the form a Greta Gerwig film. Gerwig has already proved her mettle as a director with her first film, 2017’s ‘Lady Bird’, which was both a critical and commercial success. This gives rise to massive anticipation regarding her second film. She has already hinted that she will be tinkering with the storytelling format and that the film will focus more on the themes of the story. This makes it all the more important for us to watch this film! Add to that the names of actors like Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Bob Odenkirk and Meryl Streep!
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8. Mulan (March 27, 2020)
The legend of Hua Mulan comes from ancient China. It tells the story of a young girl who is forced to make a difficult choice. The empire demands every household to send one man to serve in the army and fight off the enemies of the state. Mulan’s father had already served in one war before and with his age, it seemed impossible for him to fight in another war and come back alive. Because there was no one else to take his place, Mulan disguises herself as a man and joins the army in her father’s place. Disney had made an animated version of this story, but with its recent streak of live-action movies, it was time to bring a new version of the story.
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7. Terms of Endearment (TBA)
‘Terms of Endearment’ was a critically and commercially successful movie of 1983. It starred Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger as a mother-daughter duo and traced thirty years of their lives and the evolution of their relationship. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, out of which it won five in all the main categories. MacLaine and Jack Nicholson, who starred in a supporting role, won Oscars for their performances. There was a sequel to the film, but it couldn’t live up to the name of its predecessors. Now, there are rumours of a remake, which may or may not involve Oprah Winfrey. The nature of relationships between parents and children have advanced tenfold over the years, and a remake could be a good representation of what it means in today’s world.
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6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (TBA)
The stories written by C. S. Lewis have been a favourite amongst children for a very long time. It tells the story of four siblings who end up in a mysterious place called Narnia, where animals can talk, plants can move, an evil witch who threatens peace and a magical lion is the head of all things good. The first two films called ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and ‘Prince Caspian’ met with great success. However, the third instalment didn’t meet an equivalent fate. The filmmakers failed to recreate the magic of the books and the franchise met its untimely end. A new film will try to reboot the story by introducing a new storyline from the magical world of Narnia. Whether it will be connected to the previous films is yet to be seen.
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5. Logan’s Run (TBA)
‘Logan’s Run’ is a novel written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, and it served as a material for the screenplay of the 1976 film of the same name. It was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter in the leading roles. The film was a critical and commercial success. Since the past few years, a remake has been in works, although nothing substantial has happened over the years. It was set in a utopia where after people reached the age of thirty, they were killed off. Even though the original had a male lead, the remake has been toying with the idea of a female character to be the focus of the film. It’s still in early stages so we’ll have to wait a while to see how it all turns out.
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4. Nosferatu (TBA)
‘Nosferatu’ was a 1922 silent film which was set in Germany with a very close similarity to the premise of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’. The film is considered a classic in the horror genre and has inspired other filmmakers in making scary movies. Now Robert Eggers, who is known for directing ‘The Witch’, has, reportedly, taken the responsibility to recreate the story of Count Orlok. Anya Taylor-Joy who received her breakout role in the form of Eggers’ ‘The Witch’ might join on the project as well. Considering the success that this duo had met in their previous project, it would be wise to keep an eye out for their next collaboration.
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3. Dune (TBA)
The classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert presents a strong material for a film, which, if made right, can be something significant in its own right. Directors like David Lynch have tried to adapt it for the screen, but have failed miserably. The thing is, this novel has a very, very dense plot and its themes are so varied that to bring them all together in a single film can be a daunting task. But the future seems promising now as Dennis Villeneuve, the director of ‘Arrival’, has decided to make a film on it. The project is still in its initial stages but with the name of such talented storyteller attached to it brings a lot of hope. Also, Timotheé Chalamet is rumoured to play the lead role.
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2. Videodrome (TBA)
Another cult classic, ‘Videodrome’ is the story of a CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring extreme violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal’s source, and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre and violent organic hallucinations. This upcoming remake has just been announced and director Adam Berg will helm the project.
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1. Scarface (TBA)
Many might not know this but the iconic 1983 film, ‘Scarface’, was itself a remake of a 1932 film of the same name. Now, there is another remake — second remake — in the works that will star Diego Luna as Tony Montana as Antoine Fuqua will take the director’s chair. While you might question as to why is the film being remade for the second time, Antoine Fuqua’s involvement in the project makes the venture quite stimulating. And don’t assume that remakes can’t be good. Didn’t the 1983 version already belied that notion? And recently Bradley Cooper directed the third remake of ‘A Star is Born’, which many have claimed to be the best version amongst all.
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