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Essential Seven Franchise Remakes / Reboots That Worked

Early this week the trailer for the Footloose remake hit the web. The question has to be asked does a remake of a successful film from the ’80s need to be made? Obviously the answer is no. It shows the lack of creativity with Hollywood. That doesn’t mean that remakes / reboots are bad. I think some franchise’s need a good reboot in the ass. Franchise’s become stale, and need a new point of view. Remaking a previous Essential Seven list, here are the Essential Seven Franchise Remakes / Reboots That Worked:

 

7) The Incredible Hulk

Original
In 2003 Ang Lee brought us a new version of the Incredible Hulk with his film HULK. The Incredible Hulk looked really fake, and was way too green. I applaud Ang Lee for the comic book editing style, but couldn’t make up for an awful story. In the end, the film was a disaster for Marvel.

Remake / Reboot
In 2008, Marvel rebooted the franchise with The Incredible Hulk featuring Ed Norton in the lead. The CGI Hulk was more realistic, and the story was well written. The new film also featured “The Lonely Man” theme from The Incredible Hulk TV show. The saddest music ever written.

 

6) Casino Royale

Original
James Bond has been rebooted every few years with new actors. Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and finally Pierce Brosnan took over the roll. GoldenEye was a huge success that revitalized the Bond franchise. By the time Brosnan’s Die Another Day was released the franchise had become old and tired.

Remake / Reboot
After years of sub-par James Bond films with Pierce Brosnan, MGM rebooted the Bond franchise again with Casino Royale with Daniel Craig. The film established a new timeline, not taking place before or after any other Bond film. Daniel Craig portrayed James Bond as having emotions. It felt real.

 

5) The Office

Original
The UK version of The Office was never a successful show while it was on TV. It wasn’t until it was released on DVD that American audiences saw it. Ricky Gervais played the office manager, David Brent, who was inconsiderate and pompous.

Remake / Reboot
Technically this is more of an “Adaption”, but the American version of The Office is really nothing like the UK version.  Steve Carrell played the office manager, Michael Scott. Michael wants all of his employees to think of him as a friend first, and the boss second.

4) Batman

Original
Many versions of Batman have appeared on TV and film. In 1989, Tim Burton, revitalized the character with his film Batman. Then possibly the worst change happened. Joel Schumacher took over ruining everything Burton had done. His final Batman film featured George Clooney as the Dark Knight, and returned the franchise to the corny, over the top direction reminiscent of the Adam West TV show. Schumacher was also responsible for putting nipples on the suit. In an interview on Howard Stern, George Clooney apologized for his Batman film stating: “I think I buried that [Batman] franchise single handedly.”

Remake / Reboot
Batman Begins returned the franchise to a more darker, realistic portrayal of the Dark Knight. The film borrowed ideas from comic storylines such as Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Long Halloween. Christopher Nolan followed up with The Dark Knight, portraying the Joker as a psychopathic, schizophrenic clown. Nolan’s take on Batman has rejuvenated studios to produce well written comic-based films.

3) Star Trek

Original
Star Trek has seen many different versions over the past 40 years, but it wasn’t until the awful Enterprise TV show and Star Trek: Nemesis film did it finally feel that Star Trek needed a break. The biggest question would be how to reboot the franchise?

Remake / Reboot
J. J. Abrams took over for Rick Berman who helped reboot Star Trek with Star Trek TNG. J. J. decided to focus on the original series, and recast to tell the origin story of how Kirk became Captain of the Enterprise.

2) Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Original
Joss Whedon’s original Buffy film did not translate his original script properly. Buffy’s history and abilities are differed greatly from his original vision. Whedon’s thoughts reaction of the film sum it up  “I had written this scary film about an empowered woman, and they turned it into a broad comedy. It was crushing.”

Remake / Reboot
Joss took the franchise into his own hands, rebooting it into a TV show.  Removing the over the top comedy  he  focused the story on a Buffy a highschool girl during the day, vampire slayer at night. The show lasted for seven seasons, and produced the spin-off show Angel.

1) Battlestar Galactica

Original
In the wake of the success of Star Wars, ABC debuted Battlestar Galactica. The show only lasted one season. Two years later the show was rebooted as Galactica 1980, and quickly cancelled.

Remake / Reboot
Ronald Moore, known for his work on Star Trek, rebooted the franchise to great success on the SyFy network. He took the concept of the original show, and chronicled the journey of the last surviving humans from the Twelve Colonies of Kobol after their nuclear annihilation by the Cylons.


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