What Movies Should We Actually Remake?

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I’m a screenwriter at heart… No that isn’t exactly true. Hmmmm? I’m a screenwriter by choice? Still doesn’t sound like the complete truth even if correct, but it doesn’t truly matter in this instance. What does matter is that I am a screenwriter. Technically aspiring. Which means I have ideas for and about movies a lot of the time.

Am I good at what I do? Ehhhhh, maybe? Either way one of my most ambitious, and possibly really stupid, ideas has to do with remaking something. Something very precious to many people’s hearts. A story we all know that, in my opinion, deserves to be told in the way it should’ve been told in the first place.

But you don’t want to hear that ( ; ) you want to hear what type of movies should be remade, don’t you?

You see I don’t remember who came up with the idea first, but when I heard it it made complete sense to me and I have thought that these types of movies should be remade ever since. It’s the bad ones you should remake. More specifically not exactly the horrible movies with no potential whatsoever, but the ones that had that brilliant idea inside of them that never came out the way you think it should’ve.

For example a famously bad movie based on a series that could’ve turned out amazing would likely be Avatar: The Last Airbender. A bad example to me would be something like Funny People with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen. See Funny people is an example that, to me, doesn’t work because so much of it was so good that to remake it would likely destroy some of the great parts of it.

Which, brings me to a piece of work that, although many may like to see it remade, cannot possibly be remade. Which is Game of Thrones. The problem with remaking Game of Thrones is that so much of it was so incredibly, amazing, god damn good that if it were to be remade everybody would still think of the original actors as the actual characters in the show, not the new ones in the remake. And, yet… there’s that bit of Game of Thrones that broke so bad that you kinda want to see somebody give it a shot, right?

Which, in turn, finally brings me to the idea I would like to remake. (Under certain circumstances).

Can you guess what it is?

If you guessed anywhere near the Star Wars universe you would be correct.

Now that sounds fundamentally stupid. And… it kind of is, but do you really think the prequel trilogy in Star Wars turned out the way it should’ve? Because I don’t. I mean it had some good casting, some great casting, and, seemingly, some terrible casting.

But, more so, the fundamental idea that all of Star Wars should have the same tone that the original Star Wars trilogy had I think is an incorrect assumption on George Lucas’s part. While I love the original trilogy (and boy are you guys that are still alive in 56 years going to be pissed when they remake that) and think it is great, nearly perfect, I don’t think all of Star Wars has to have that same exact tone.

Wouldn’t the prequel trilogy have been better as a more fundamentally operatic film series (not to say it wasn’t in the first place, but more so). With more serious, better, dialogue. Let’s not even get into midichlorians.

Maybe we mine the ideas that come from the racial stereotypes and make the films where they better represent ethnicities of our world in a respectful way. What if the Gungan’s weren’t like they are, but given what I’ve heard about their history (through the Binge Mode Star Wars podcast) wouldn’t it be interesting if they were more like Native American’s having been driven into a small section of what used to be their land.

Or, if that’s a bad idea altogether never even get into this idea of races of our time being represented in what is “a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.” Either way…

Wouldn’t a series (each season equaling one of the movies) that is a bit more serious and deals with the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker in a less hammy way I guess be better.

I don’t know for sure. Just an idea that I’m telling to you to get across another idea of mine.

Btw, you only ever do this with George Lucas’s permission and, hopefully, with his involvement.

Star Wars – The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI)


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2 Replies to “What Movies Should We Actually Remake?”

  1. Most often times in my opinion, remakes often fall short, I’m always on the look out for something different, that no one has thought of or made.

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    1. Oh, most definitely. Something original is always better (although only generally in much opinion). I simply think if something is going to be remade that it shouldn’t be the stuff we already think of as great.

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