The potential remake of The Crow has been suffering. With production delays, no starting date and now, the loss of its main star, its basically dead in the water again. Which of course has led most people to say “well why don’t they just leave it alone? We don’t need another remake!”
Well, that’s the thing. Don’t we? You might say that modern Hollywood has no original ideas left, and all remakes are inexcusably terrible (here’s looking at you, Michael Bay and your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). But, knee-jerk reactions aside, Hollywood has actually been doing remakes for just about as long as there have been movies, and they haven’t necessarily been a bad thing. There have been excellent remakes on older movies, like The Departed, Ocean’s Eleven, John Carpenter’s The Thing, The Fly and Casino Royale, among others. Done right, a movie brought into modern times, with updates in the technology used both on screen and in production, can bring a story to a whole new audience that may never have bothered with the original.
For example, wouldn’t you love to see an updated version of Blade Runner? We’ve had so many advances in technology that a sci-fi movie about off-world colonies and androids seems really silly when they’re using payphones and the internet doesn’t exist.
Like it or not, Hollywood and remakes are inextricably linked. So seeing as we’re going to have to live with them, what classic movie would you like to see done again?
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Last Updated: January 28, 2015
January 28, 2015 at 11:27
I liked the Robocop reboot*. There, I said it!
*it definitely is not on the level of Verhoeven’s original classic, but it brought it’s own very interesting ideas to the table. I appreciated that they actually put quite a bit of thought into how a modern-day Robocop would actually work, and what the implications – moral and physical – would be.