15 Comedies That Studios Should NEVER Remake
Hollywood has an originality problem. Studios don't want to take chances with new properties so we get the same nostalgic films repackaged and given right back to us over and over again. Here are 15 comedies destined to be remade that we wish would be left alone.
The Princess Bride
No, no, no, the fun little celebrity reboot during quarantine does not count. But can’t you see it now? “James Franco IS… the Man in Black.” “Shaquille O’Neal IS, Fezzick.”
The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes said, “My theory is, look, if the movie is popular and it’s done well, and people love it, I think it’s pretty much best left alone. If a film has landed in the hearts of the public, then, to me, it is not a good idea to try and revisit it.”
Buckle up, a Twins sequel is in the works. ‘Triplets’ is set to star Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and…Tracy Morgan. According to director Ivan Reitman, the plot is “Secretly, there was a third baby born, a Black baby, who hasn’t been in touch with his siblings."
Nobody said “Give us a Twins reboot!” and Universal answered.
Any film that stars Jackie Chan should just be left alone, but this one feels inevitable. The film already was adapted into a TV show of the same title on CBS in 2016. It was canceled after one season. I wonder why? In 2021, plans were announced that an all female reboot of Rush Hour is in the works.
Just make a new female led kung fu movie, guys. How many times must we teach you this lesson.
National Lampoon’s Vacation
The nostalgia train is still off the rails at the moment as National Lampoon’s Vacation is also set to be rebooted for HBO Max as an ongoing series.
Because they did not learn their lesson from the 2016 flop, Vacation, which already attempted to reboot the franchise with Ed Helms, Johnny Galecki (Big Bang Theory) is set to produce the new show entitled The Griswolds.
“We can’t wait!” - Galecki’s friends, attempting to be supportive.
While a reboot TV series was already made for this comedy, the studio execs are back at it again. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is already in the works of being turned into yet ANOTHER sitcom reboot. Peacock recently passed on the opportunity, after 9 months of development so who knows if it will go to another studio, but fingers crossed, it won’t.
Keep your damn hands off my Matilda.
While the property is slated for a reboot, we can rest slightly easier knowing that it will be an adaption of the Broadway musical Matilda and not the Danny DeVito film. Netflix is planning to release the film in December of 2022, and we will watch in support of Tim Minchin, who wrote the music and lyrics.
Honey I Shrunk The Kids
Another reboot for nobody. Shrunk, the new reboot for the franchise has been announced for a few years and is supposed to finally bring back Rick Moranis after all this time. The only redeeming feature of this idea is that we get to see Rick’s face again, nothing else. In a plot description released for the movie it is said that Wayne (Moranis) has been trying to find a way to shrink his wife’s cancer for decades.
At least we know it’s a light hearted film.
Lilo and Stitch
Ok, so I’m not completely against this idea. According to Den Of Geek, Disney is pursuing a Lilo & Stitch live action remake. Cool monsters, minority cast, beautiful location, I get it. However, we’ve seen this movie already. All of these live action Disney reboots feel the same, and I’m almost positive it’s just going to feel like seeing Detective Pikachu again.
Good Luck, Disney, but don’t be afraid to drop this one.
Ryan Reynolds is producing a Clue reboot with 20th Century Fox at the moment. With classic performances by Tim Curry and Michael McKean, why wouldn’t you want to try it again. Not much is known about this upcoming reboot other than the fact that it “expands the narrative to the global stage.”
Are we forgetting this is based on a board game. The board isn't a map of the earth. It’s a single house.
This series rises from the dead like a cicada every 7 years or so, just to remind people that studios really have no idea what audiences want.
We understand that kids hitting adults is funny, but since the first Home Alone, there have been 5 sequels and remakes, with the latest being 2021’s Home Sweet Home Alone.
Don’t take another step, Disney.
The Goonies is set to be rebooted (in a way) on Disney+ as a new series entitled Our Time. While the show isn’t an actual reboot, it’s set to follow three students and their substitute teacher as they try to recreate a shot for shot remake of The Goonies. OK! Original enough with a little bit of borrowed source material.
But hear this Disney, if you ever decide to do a straight reboot, I’ll be back. You have one chance.
Rumors of a mask reboot have been around for a few years with nothing that concrete to go by. Carrey has said he’s open to reprising the role of Stanley Ipkus if the right director is attached, but with his recent reaction to The Oscar’s slap, I think it's safe to say his mind may have changed.
The Mask is just too classic to be touched ever again, unless of course they could get someone really dynamic like Jamie Kennedy to take on the role.
Men in Black
While there are rumors of MIB 5 being possible, let’s all take a deep breath and let this f****ing series die. We had fun! Aliens, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, a terrible 4th movie with Chris Hemsworth! Now let’s keep the studios hands off this one, lest they add another stain on the series’ legacy.
Wes Anderson wishes he could make a movie as visually pleasing as the first Stuart Little. This gem of cinema history is beloved by all, so of course they are trying to reboot it to kill off the remaining fan base. Maybe this franchise reboot will be different? Let’s just say this…they want Chris Pratt to play Stuart.
Can you picture a worse idea than rebooting one of the cleanest and fast paced comedies of all time? Well Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane, doesn’t seem to see a problem. According to Looper, MacFarlane is set to reboot the franchise with Paramount. There is not much information about the movie out there yet, but MacFarlane is interested in Liam Neeson as the lead role, so how could that go wrong?
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