For the sake of argument, we all know and understand that nothing will be better than the original. So let's not get bogged down in that argument. Just tell us the movie that you would like to see remade and perhaps who would you cast in the lead roles.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and this time let's not pussyfoot around the romance with Brick.
Let's get it out of the way: "Who's Afraid Of Baby Jane", starring Madonna and Courtney Love (per the MTV ad from aeons ago).
HUD with Ryan Gosling.
Ah, I second R1 .
And, I'll add Lawrence of Arabia, because they can't really remake it.
The Birds could be improved though.
And I always thought that a Gay version of My Man Godfrey (meaning the love interests are two men) would be fun.
Days of Wine and Roses, starring Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen
Good classic movies should never be remade. However, for the sake of the thread, I'll nominate Sunset Boulevard, remade with Sharon Stone and Ryan Gosling. (Sharon Stone, by the way, is 4 years older than Gloria Swanson was when she made Sunset Boulevard.)
"September Affair" but this time as a gay romance: married American Bradley Cooper falls for Aussie Chris Hemsworth while traveling in Italy; when they're presumed dead in a plane crash, they take the opportunity to make a new life together; but Cooper's frau-ish wife (Melissa McCarthy) shows up to destroy the fantasy.
Rebel Without A Cause, starring Justin Beiber
R6, in spite of you first sentence. When would you set the Sunset remake? In the present day or back when the original was made?
r10, I'd set it in 1950 so that Sharon and Ryan could wear period costumes.
How could you set Sunset Boulevard in present day? You'd either have to make Norma Desmond one of the Living Dead, or she would have to be a washed-up sitcom actress.
All About Eve - Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep
Sunset Boulevard - Meryl Streep and Hugh Jackman
The French Lieutenant's Woman - Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender
Tilda Swinton is apparently going to play Auntie Mame in a remake.
'Naked Prey', a 1960's Cornel Wilde film.'Sands of the Kalihari', a 1960's Stuart Whitman film.
"The Lion In Winter", with Daniel Day-Lewis and Helen Mirren.
I want to continue with the Billy Wilder theme. The Apartment, with Marc Ruffalo and Emma Stone.
A STAR IS BORN with Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Breakfast At Tiffany's reuniting Ellen Page and Michael Cera.
R13, that's pretty good casting although I don't think Streep would be right for Sunset Blvd.
The Odd Couple with Meryl Streep and Jane Fonda.
Dodsworth with Eric and Julia Roberts
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. But change it to Mr. Stone. Cast Kevin Spacey in the lead.
Tell Me That You Love Me Junie Moon with Angelina Jolie and Ben Affleck.
Death In Venice with David Bowie?
Giant with the Twilight cast.
Butterfield 8 with Gabourey Sidibe.
Summer of '42 with Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Courtney (from Super 8).
American Gigolo with Jonah Hill.
Mogambo with George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Reese Witherspoon.
Colour Purple with an all white cast
Mother May I Sleep With Danger
Doctor Zhivago - they could actually film it in Russia
Yuri - Logan Lerman
Lara - Jennifer Lawrence
Tonya - Emma Watson
Komarovsky - Christoph Waltz
The Wiz with an all white cast.
[quote]"Who's Afraid Of Baby Jane"
You're an idiot, R2. No one could be better than Bette Davis as Jane and Elizabeth Taylor as her harridan of wife Martha. Love that first line "What a dump!" by Martha which both pays tribute and somewhat mocks Bette.
For The Boys starring Kevin Spacey.
All About Summer's Eve starring Cheryl
'Streetcar Named Desire'
Stanley - Ryan Gosling. He would make a way better brute than the sophisticate of Sunset Boulevard. Doesn't matter that he is thin, he has the physical presence and inarticulate menace.
Blanche Dubois - don't laugh but I think that Charlize Theron could pull it off. She is a bit tall, but the right age and she is so talented.
(Stanley should be younger than Blanche, no?)
Stella - Michelle Williams, back with Ryan and the right kind of plain pretty younger sister opposite Charlize.
Mitch - Jude Law - make Mitch into a small piece of milque toast, which is what he his.
They are all talented enough to do the word/poetry justice, and the original film is kind of flawed though I can't say why....
I am not sure about Theron, I think Natalie Portman could play Blanche, but she is too young.
Mahogany starring Tilda Swinton.
Mugsy's Girls with Betty White in the Ruth Gordon role and Kelly Clarkson in the Laura Branigan part.
[quote]"Who's Afraid Of Baby Jane"
I'd prefer to see "What Ever Happened to Virginia Woolf."
I would pay for some of these. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Sandra Bullock, and Kerry Washington as the girlfriend.
Let's leave classic movies to continue to shine on their own and rework some of the musical disasters that should have been classics - Mame, Dolly. and Camelot.
R40, you're right, a "Streetcar" remake would be nice. I always thought they should've made one after Katrina as a tribute to New Orleans.
Agree 100% with Ryan Gosling
Charlize is too powerful looking to play Blanche, I nominate Marion Cotillard if she could pull off the accent. Maybe Kate Winslet?
I'd cast Mariah Carey instead of Kerry Washington, r44.
[quote]Let's leave classic movies to continue to shine on their own and rework some of the musical disasters that should have been classics - Mame, Dolly. and Camelot.
OK, can I nominate South Pacific? Turn down the technicolor a few notches to start . . .
And I'm not a huge fan of Brigadoon, but it deserves to be re-made on location instead of on a soundstage with paper mache rocks and painted backgrounds.
South Pacific could be redone without any new filming. Technology can rework the bizarro colors in the sky and pull back on other colors a bit. They could also use technology to give Mitzi Gaynor's voice a little more oomph. I saw her in her one-woman show about a dozen years ago and her voice was so much better than when she was in SP. Too bad they didn't re-record her at that time.
Kramer vs. Kramer with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
r49 - can they morph Doris Day in?
"Guess Who's Coming for Dinner" was remade in as "Guess Who" in 2005 with the races reversed I believe. Starred Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac.
"South Pacific" was remade for TV in 2001 with Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr.
I knew that I had it wrong with Theron. Marion Cotillard would be perfect if she can master even a Cajun southern accent.
I am not really a fan of classics remade, but I don't think that Streetcar is a classic movie.
Vivien Leigh is still kind of mesmerizing and steely and dirty and on the edge, even with a bad wig, we can revision it to that maybe Blanche wore a wig. Brando and the rest were on STAGE and a bad set.
Your idea of making New Orleans more real and less exotic than the original would update it instantly because it is not such a foreign place in people's minds anymore.
Some think it is impossible to do anything remotely real on film with the poetic language of Tennessee Williams. I don't think so.
You can't fuck with the words, but even Night of the Iguana made for a pretty earthy movie.
I think you are right that Winslet could do this very well. It is a great role and she is always on the ground and can freak the heights.
I would want her thinner, just for this part, and for my idea of Gosling, Williams, and Jude Law in our film, Ha.
There are much worse ideas.....
My Fair Lady.
Though generally I don't like the idea of re-makes, I gotta admit I would have loved to see how good/bad the remake of "Mrs. Miniver" was with Maureen O'Hara in the Greer Garson role and Juliet Mills in the role played by Teresa Wright.
"Rebecca" starring Jon Hamm and Carey Mulligan in the lead roles, and Tilda Swinton as Mrs. Danvers.
LOGAN'S RUN. The original is one of my favorite movies; however, I'd like a remake that's much closer to the novel -- including making the 21 the age one dies, resulting in a world run by children and teens.
WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. The original is another favorite movie; however, modern filmaking could make such a good remake. (I pretend that Tim Burton's awful version didn't happen.)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf.
Can be done better and less ponderous. Sandy Dennis and Richard Burton can't be beat, but the movie could be more alive.
It would only be a small Indie release now, but Blue Valentine was loved by me and my friends. It has little to do with my topic, but ya know. I digress.
I am not Mike Nichols biggest fan, he is very good with actors but doesn't seem to care about the viewers.
Do it again.
My Fair Lady could be a so much better film. The story is still good with a grand arc, but the lyrics of those great songs are hard to work with. It is too bad, but they could put a spin on it, can't change those spectacular melodies but they could give it a visual fuck.
Not only in the last scene but much of the story could be tweaked. Baz Lurhman, the guy who did Moulin Rouge could do something unique with the storytelling and keep the glorious music. There is a reason this musical is not often revived and it would be a fun challenge.
No, just no, to Anne Hathaway as Eliza. I have a better idea....
"The Seven Year Itch" With Emma Stone & Either Jon Cryer or Ben Stiller. The twist with this remake? Don't update it to now!! Keep the 1950's/60 look and vibe but up the humor with more raunch comedy, and A little drama? Something sophisticated! Like having Tom Ewell's Character having the mentality of a modern man from today (2013), except he just so happens to be living in the 1950s. A script/story that not only plays off of the "Seven Year Itch" superstition from the original flick but makes a social commentary as to how adultry and married life were viewed back then in those days. People commit adultry these days without bating and eye lash. To see a husband struggle emotionally, while being so scared but yet so tempted to cheat on his wife could be funny. Showing how hard sexual attraction and chemistry can conflict a monogamous man. It would also finally be a good reason for Emma to go Blonde again. Her body could capture Marilyn's sexy Style and Swagger, While her comedic timing and doe eyes could pull off the traditional dumb blonde role.
[quote]American Gigolo with Jonah Hill
No, Justin Bieber.
Boys in the Band updated without all that era's hang ups. Starring Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Henry Cavill, Clooney, and all the other DL faves.
"All About Eve - Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep"
So 60 is the new 40 and 22 is the new 28?
with Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz or Kristen Johnston as Vera, Melissa McCarthy as Gooch, and Hugh Jackman as Beau
and, OP, this is one case where it certainly couldn't be worse than the original!
[quote]For the sake of argument, we all know and understand that nothing will be better than the original.
A pointless remake is a bad remake. They're a many movies that have a good basic concept but flawed execution. Some of remakes have been better than the original, or at least offered a different take. Evergreen stories make the best remakes.
The problem if Hollywood were to remake classic movies today would be the actors. Few modern actors can compare to the stars of the Golden Era.
No one in this thread who's attempted humor has been funny.
THE WOMEN, only set it among a group of right-wing women (have them all be members of Concerned Women of America, and one of them is the wife of a conservative family values politician) and have the Crystal character be a sluttly Ann Coulter type screwing the politician.
Claire Booth Luce was a right-winger, so this would turn the material on its head, so to speak.
I love whomever suggested "Rain"
Lindsay Lohan should be Sadie Thompson. She was a whore to begin with, so this will work out well for her.
[quote]"South Pacific" was remade for TV in 2001 with Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr.
The scenery was spectacular. Shirtless Harry was gorgeous, too. Glenn was about 20 years too old.
Please let's not talk about TV movies, only real movies.
Another vote for "South Pacific," as well as one for "Paint Your Wagon." I don't know who could fill the lead roles (but just about anyone nominated has got to be better than the leads in the original films) so I leave that to the DL experts.
Mitzi Gaynor was perfectly cast in "South Pacific" and not "just about anyone" would be better than her as Glenn Close proves.
Mitzi was the only good thing about that awful adaptation. No one else would've been better.
The Incredible Shrinking Man!Directed by David Cronenberg and starring maybe Edward Norton or Kevin Bacon or Eric Bana.Isn't that a no-brainer?What's keeping you Mr.Cronenberg?Also,maybe the femal version of The Odd Couple with Bette Midler and Meryl Streep or Glenn Close.Of course I don't think Odd Couple is tha that old.
Gore Vidal's "The Best Man"
This movie was so much better than the original "The Manchurian Candidate" and I think the script would hold up so much better than "The Manchurian Candidate" did for the modern era too. Caught it on Netflix streaming a while back (I check back often to see if it's returned but alas it hasn't) and found it very relevant to today's political scene with the rise of the Tea Party similar to the anti-communism fervor of the past and also the gay rumors used to tarnish a candidate which people are able to be more overt about today.
I'd remake many '80s movies as I think they could be vastly improved. Good stories, but way too much dialogue that is unreal/silly.
What about a remake of George Orwell's "1984"?
Hmm ... I like the All About Eve with Meryl and Jennifer ... there is not a lot of female talent in their 40's, but maybe that's my bias. Nicole has disappointed me with her film choices ... so dour.
What about something with Meryl and Benedict Cumberbatch ... Suddenly Last Summer with the two of them and Jessica Chastain? It would be watchable.
Who's Afraid of Vernon Woolf? with Nathan Lane and Spacey as a gay couple.
Any musical...with an all-straight cast.
R77, hysterical. Would see.
R7, Rachel Weisv for wife. She can elevate it.
R68 Watch "Paint Your Wagon."
Would see the vanilla Wiz with Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, gay guy from Girls, and Hugh Jackman.
I want a remake of "Imitation of Life," but I can't come up with a cast, other than Octavia Spencer for Annie. Hmmmmm, upon further reflection I fear I may be typecasting Ms. Spencer. Feel free to suggest other actresses.
R73 Jennifer Lopez = Lana; Demi Lovato = Sandra Dee; Rumor Willis = Susan Kohner (but really she is an ugly girl trying to pass a a pretty one)
That's not bad at all, R73, and I would have never come up with that ensemble. Well done! But who's going to be Steve, the John Gavin role?
[quote]The Wiz with an all white cast
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
Have not cast it yet.
The story of All About Eve can't be updated. In the age of the internet how would Eve possibly get away with her crap?
Gwyneth got away with it.
R81 here. The reference should be to R78
"To Catch A Thief" starring Matt Bomer.
I want a modern version of "Ball of Fire": updated to have a gang-banger girl hiding out with a houseful of computer nerds. She could show them life beyond the monitor, and find love with the hottest one.
And all-male versions of "Sunset Boulevard" and "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone", possibly with Kevon Spacey as Norman Desmond and Kevin Stone.
Suddenly, Last Summer
Catherine - Lindsay Lohan
Violet Venable - Nicole Kidman
Dr. Cukrowicz -Nick Jonas
Cynthia Nixon ... Mary Haines
Rosie O'Donnell ... Sylvia
Portia diRossi ... Crystal Allen
Lily Tomlin ... The Countess Delave
Sara Gilbert ... Miriam Aarons
Amber Heard ... Peggy Day
Jane Lynch ... Lucy
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Michelle Dockery.
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone with Meryl and Jean Desjardin
Romancing the Stone for Renee Zellweger and Manu Bennett... Or Gerard Butler
How to Succeed in Business w/o Really Trying for Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel
Face Off with Sharon Stone and Meryl Streep.
Yes to Fatal Attraction. All male with Rob Pattinson, Henry Cavill, and Stepen Amell in the Anne Archer role.
The Man From Planet X, reimagined by Quentin Tarantino. Starring James Franco and Jennifer Lawrence, with Alec Baldwin as the Professor and David Tennant as the evil Dr. Mears.
Perfect movie to remake. With Angelina Jolie maybe?
"Harold and Maude" with Bette Midler and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Amanda Seyfried as Janet, Zefron as Brad. Johhny Depp and Helena BC as the servants. Dunno bout Franknfurter. Russell Brand? Hugh Jackman?
Pretty Boy, a gay version of Pretty Woman. Starring Henry Cavill as the hooker.
Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad.
I think your's a splendid idea. I vote for Hugh Jackman, those legs in stockings and heels would be a fine sight and he would be a great Franknfurter.
Could we please leave Johnny Depp out? The rest of your casting is inspired.
Channing Tatum or Chord Overstreet for Rocky.
Hunky and dumb or pretty and dumb?
Who can play Nell?
"Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" with Helena Bonham Carter (Jane) and Nicole Kidman (Blanche).
Nah, a modern-day remake of "Baby Jane", where Jane is a former TV star rather than a vaudeville star, and she's botoxed and surgeried until she's more grotesque than Bette Davis ever was!
Nicole Kidman as Jane, and Naomi Watts as Blanche.
[quote]Nah, a modern-day remake of "Baby Jane", where Jane is a former TV star rather than a vaudeville star, and she's botoxed and surgeried until she's more grotesque than Bette Davis ever was!
Madonna as Jane!!
There was a contemporary remake of "Baby Jane" starring Vanessa and Linda Redgrave in 1991.
Hathaway for Columbia!
No seriously, Zooey? Katy P? Gaga's first feature performance???
I vote Katy P. She is pixillated.
Zooey would make a not bad Janet, but wide eyes cannot disguise her baritone.
You are onto something and will be robbed of concept and casting credit.
Gaga could have a very special appearance with a bad romance remix.
Timberlake could put a new twist on Eddie, and change the song can be updated.
Taylor Lautner would make a hot Rocky.
Jackman on Lautner on Zefron action!
Peyton Place. I just watched the original again and it's a great 50s soap. But it really didn't stick too close to the novel as it had to be sanitized.
Maybe a not-so-great book benefited from being sanitized but it might be fun to see what they could do with it.
The Lady Eve with Steve Carrell and...and...Amy Poehler or Tina Fey.
I try to never miss a "Linda Redgrave" movie.
I'd like to see Gus Van Sant redo the Breakfast Club