Movie Remake Rulebook

With the release of the new trailer for  Terminator Genisys,  I thought I’d share my opinion on what I believe are the criteria that directors and producers alike should follow when trying to successfully create a healthy reboot.

Movie remakes and reboots have been around for a long time.  There have been many films out there that have been remade into today’s movie standards.  Some of these films have stood the test of time while others have been short lived due to updated technology.  However, not all of these movie reboots and remakes have been successful over the years.  I believe that there are certain rules and criteria that should be followed when making a successful movie remake.  Here are some of the reasons how movie remakes can flourish:

  1. The director should stay as close to the source material as possible.

This is perhaps the most important factor to follow when remaking a movie. Staying close to the source material is imperative to making a very effective movie remake.  It is however ok for a director to have his/her own spin on the movie. As long as the director is close to the original movie in terms of story, then a remake should be acceptable.

  1. The original film had the critical acclaim or recognition it deserved.

This allows the director to take their ideas and have it fit their style of the direction they want to go in.  In other words, the director has free reign on the way they want to make the film.  Since the previous film/s received world wide acclaim, this is now a chance for the director to bring out their own creativity to make the film that they believe will be successful at the box office.  And who knows? Maybe by remaking a film, other audiences will be more inclined to see what the original film/s had to offer.

  1. Movies that have been remade over and over and over again.

Now I cannot say for certain that I am TOTALLY against movie remakes.  On the contrary I am however very open to remakes hoping that they may be better than their counterparts.  Some great examples of this are horror/monster movies.  Movies such as  Dracula,  The Wolf Man,  Frankenstein, etc have been remade over and over and over again each with similar/different story lines.  These are the movies that I can grow tired of however, it is interesting to see what script the directors come up with to suit their needs for their interpretation of the movie.  Once again, the directors have free reign on what they want to do with their individual film/s.

  1. Choosing the right cast for the film.

This should be an obvious choice for film directors but sometimes these things often get overlooked.  When remaking a film, it can be very beneficial for the film directors to choose a cast that will fit the needs of the route they want to go with.  Sometimes it is best to pick actors that are well known.  Other times, it may be a better decision to pick actors who are not as well known but have good quality acting skills.  Directors should not make the mistake of picking the “most popular” actor/s, but rather what actor/s are best suited for their type of film.  Not all actors are the right fit for all kinds of movie genres.  This once again can make or break any film particularly movie remakes.

  1. Lastly, the directors should try to focus on “today’s” audience.

What I mean by this is, if a remake should be done, it is probably best to use the necessary special effects it deserves.  Unfortunately this day and age directors use a TON of CGI.  I do not mind the use of  “computer generated imagery”  but I feel as though it is being overused in today’s society  (I will go into more detail about this in a later article).  There are things such as sex, harsh language, drugs, and strong violence that are being brought up more and more exclusively into today’s films.  I am not saying that these factors SHOULD be included for today’s society, but that is just the “nature of the beast.”  The “general” audience nowadays want to see these aspects used more in films.  I believe that if these are included, the audience will crave to see these films and therefore be more successful at the box office.

So this is my take on what I believe can make a successful movie remake.  But what do you guys think?  Also, what is your favorite movie remake?  Please share and comment below.

I have also made a list of films of which I consider are very good movie remakes and perhaps just as good if not better than the original film/s.  I am also listing movies that I feel are absolutely terrible remakes and much worse than the original film.

List of Excellent Movie Remakes: (In No Particular Order)

  1. King Kong (2005)
  2. The Evil Dead (2012)
  3. Mighty Joe Young (1998)
  4. The Mummy (1999)
  5. The Blob (1988)
  6. Cape Fear (1991)
  7. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
  8. The Fly (1986)
  9. The Thing (1982)
  10. Robocop (2014)
  11. The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
  12. Ocean’s 11 (2001)
  13. Scarface (1983)
  14. True Grit (2010)
  15. The Parent Trap (1998)

List of Awful Movie Remakes: (In No Particular Order)

  1. The Amityville Horror (2005)
  2. Total Recall (2012)
  3. Psycho (1998)
  4. Rear Window (1998)
  5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  6. Carrie (2013)
  7. Clash of the Titians (2010)
  8. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
  9. The Wicker Man (2006)
  10. Pink Panther (2006)
  11. The Fog (2005)
  12. Friday the 13th (2009)
  13. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  14. Halloween (2007)
  15. That Darn Cat (1997)
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4 thoughts on “Movie Remake Rulebook

  1. I don’t know. I think that the first one was probably a lot better technically maybe not but the storyline flowed really good. I’m not a big fan of redos but in this case it was worth a second look.

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  2. I think you miss placed the 2014 Robocop movie, it was a terrible remake. It had none of the things that made the original great. Like senseless over the top violence as social commentary of violence in cinema, the over the top cheesey one liners, in movie ads, and product placement. 2014’s Robocop was just Robocop with all the fun and greatness sucked out of it.

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    • I can understand where your coming from. While I really enjoyed the original one, I thought the remake was decent. Yes it left out the over the top violence and gore but I thought his backstory was fleshed out a little more. Not perfect by any means, but a watchable remake imao.

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