Messing with Memories: The remakes of 2010 (so far)…

We are about halfway through the year and on the cusp of a film and television show remake (The Karate Kid and The A-Team, respectively), so let us pose a question: Which remake being released in 2010 will suck the least? The most?

Here’s a quick rundown of what has been released thus far (and in the very near future), their budgets and grosses, and trailers of the originals:

  • The Crazies (original 1973); budget: $20 mil, gross: $49 mil.
  • The Housemaid (original 1960); budget: ??, gross: $5.7 mil in Korea, released at Cannes 2010
  • Piranha 3-D (original 1978); budget $24 mil, gross: TBD (released in August)
  • Red Dawn (original 1984); budget $75 mil, gross TBD (released in November)

Sure, there are a couple of sequels in the works as well, but we wanted to give a wrap-up of the films that attempt to supplant memories of earlier works.

So, what say you?

-sources: wikipedia.org, imdb.com, flixster.com
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5 Comments

  1. With the soul-crushing number of sequels on the horizon, as well as those in the can, I realized there is no longer a way to fight the tide. As a result, I have embraced the remake. Like The Karate Kid, for example. How can it not be a better film than the woefully dated original? Sure, the first film managed to create a star in Ralph Macchio, one of the most memorable characters of the decade in Mr. Miyagi, and dealt with themes of the outsider in a surprisingly warm and rich way. It also includes the most obnoxious line of all time in “Nice car, Mrs. Larusso!” Sure Elizabeth Shue was sparkling and the final showdown between the Macchio and the karate abusers of Cobra-Kai became the stuff of legend, but how could it hold a candle to the remake? That Smith kid is younger, so you don’t have to deal with all that icky romance stuff in a real way, no poor mother trying to raise a teenager with all his rebellious angst, no scenes of waxing a beautiful collection of cars to be paid off with cries of “Banzai!” as Daniel drives away in the car he has admired. Instead, we’ll get crazy kungfu action with aging legend Jackie Chan! Now, how to retro-fit it for 3-D…

  2. Yeah when Bo puts it like that yeah how can the Karate Kid remake go wrong 🙂 but I have to put my money on the Red Dawn remake being the biggest stinker of them all for trying to rework it with the China angle.

  3. I love how they’re remaking movies barely a few years old. Aren’t they thinking about remaking (excuse me “re-booting”) the “Fantastic Four” movies?

    I’m so happy I rarely watch any new films.

  4. I want to see a remake go the Deep impact/Armageddon route, only with the same name. For example, two versions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, one for the kids, one a grittier, Dark Knight-esque version that bangs out a hard R. For the first time in what must be an inevitable conversation, you will over hear:
    “I’m seeing 20,000 Leagues tonight.”
    “Which one?”


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