No Movie Is Safe From Becoming A Remake

Lately, we’ve been noticing that no movie from your childhood (or your parents’ for that matter) is safe from being remade. “Annie” is being rebooted with Willow Smith in the lead role and new songs by Jay-Z. Warner Brothers is currently working on a remake of “The Bodyguard,” the Whitney Houston classic. Kate Winslet recently rocked period garb for a reimagining of “Mildred Pierce.” Oh, and did we mention that “Dirty Dancing” is getting the remake treatment, too? Sometimes, remakes are a great idea. Other times—and let’s be honest, usually—we wish filmmakers would leave good enough alone. So, we decided to steal a play from New York Magazine and make an Approval Matrix of all the movie remakes. After the jump, the details on these movies. In the comments, sound off on any movies you think we’ve wrongly categorized. And let us know where you’d place the remakes we didn’t include.Clockwise from top left:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger became an action hero in 1982’s “Conan the Barbarian.” Will the new 3-D version of the movie do the same for star Jason Momoa?
  • Many of us saw the 2009 Swedish film version of Stieg Larsson’s “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Two years later, it’s being re-envisioned by Hollywood starring Rooney Mara.
  • Oh Russell Brand, how I love thee. Your remake of “Arthur,” out next month, better be good.
  • Robert Redford played Jay Gatsby in the 1974 movie of the classic book. Can Leonardo DiCaprio do him justice in Baz Luhrman’s updating of the story? Carey Mulligan will be Daisy.
  • So we haven’t actually seen Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood in their remake of the 1954 movie, “Mildred Pierce,” but we just have a feeling it’s gonna be good.
  • John Wayne might have won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the original “True Grit.” But most critics noted that the Coen Brother’s 2010 version was far better.
  • Martin Scorsese finally won the Oscar for Best Director in 2006 with “The Departed,” a remake of a Hong-Kong crime flick from 2002.
  • In 2001, George Clooney and Brad Pitt starred in “Ocean’s 11,” positioning themselves as the new Rat Pack.
  • Pierce Brosnan took on Steve McQueen’s role as the titular character in the 1999 remake of the 1968 thriller, “The Thomas Crown Affair.”
  • Juliette Lewis and Robert DeNiro were a spine chilling combo in Martin Scorsese’s “Cape Fear,” a remake of a 1962 thriller about an ex-con stalking his attorney’s daughter.
  • Did you know that “Little Shop of Horrors,” starring Rick Moranis, was a remake? Yep. Roger Corman did the original.
  • Steve Martin is hilarious in “Father of the Bride,” a 1991 remake of the classic Spencer Tracy movie.
  • Before we knew Mel Gibson was bonkers, we sympathized with him in “Ransom,” Ron Howard’s remake of a 1956 hostage flick.
  • Leighton Meester is starring in “Cowgirl Bandits,” which is being called a reboot of “Thelma and Louise.” Did it need it?
  • Willow Smith as “Annie?” Leave our childhood alone.
  • Last year, someone made the very questionable decision to remake the ’80s classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” The Metacritic score is an abysmal 35. Ouch.
  • Even though “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was one of the most beloved shows on television in recent years, people aren’t too excited for the remake of the movie. Why? Because creator Joss Whedon isn’t involved.
  • We had some suggestions for casting the 2012 version of Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard.” But better yet—don’t do it.
  • Jaden Smith was cute in last year’s remake of “Karate Kid,” the 1984 movie that made me want to be a shower for Halloween. Oh, and Ralph Macchio will be on “Dancing with the Stars.”
  • Zac Efron was originally rumored to be taking on the Kevin Bacon role in this year’s upcoming remake of “Footloose.” But alas, it will be Kenny Wormald.
  • We say that Patrick Swayze should be honored by the rumored remake of “Dirty Dancing” being nixed, stat.

What do you think?