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. Keep reading »
I remember going to see “The Bodyguard” in the theater in 1992. I was 12 at the time, and it was the first rated R movie that my parents deemed acceptable for me to see. I remember feeling terror the first time the psycho stalker’s handiwork was shown on screen. I remember my heart beating faster the first time Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner kissed. I remember feeling elated at the idea that these two people from such different backgrounds could fall for each other. And when Whitney sang, “I Will Always Love You”—let’s just say that the song got the repeat listening treatment.
Apparently, Warner Brothers wants to make this magic happen again. Yes, you guessed right. They are planning a remake of “The Bodyguard.” The story will be basically the same—a mega pop star with a stalker reluctantly decides to heed the advice of her bodyguard. Only, instead of a former Secret Service guy, this bodyguard will be an Iraq war veteran. And the stalker will be even more diabolical given the access to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. But who will they cast in the lead roles? After the jump, some pairings we’d be super excited to see. Keep reading »