It takes a lot for a remake to outdo the original. In fact, we often write them off with a groan before seeing the new film because reboots just never quite hit the mark ... or actually miss it entirely and just destroy the audience's brains. In a time when it feels like culture is stuck, we are unfortunately subjected to an endless stream of franchise reboots, remakes and reimaginings. We’ve written about how sequels and reboots can ruin your favorite characters. We’ve also done deep dives into the worst hollywood remakes and the versions we should have gotten instead. 

We wanted to explore why some famous remakes simply failed to hit the mark. First there’s the Nicholas Cage (honestly? We’re big fans!) remake of the cult horror classic, the Wicker Man. What’s the deal with the bear costume and the bees anyway? Then there’s the modern karate kid remake that replaces karate with kung fu for some reason.

But why do remakes fail, exactly? Well ...

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