It seems like if a brainstorming meeting for Hollywood movie studios goes south, the go-to solution is to do a remake of an old film!
Countless movies have been revamped and turned into sequels, but many of them are often done way too soon and are usually far worse than the original. Need proof? Check out our round-up of nine Hollywood remakes that should have sat on the shelf for much longer!
1. Can't Buy Me Love (1987) & Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003) - 16 years
Stars in Original: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson
Stars in Remake: Christina Milian, Nick Cannon
Even if it wasn't a favorite of the critics, Can't Buy Me Love is still thought of as one of the most popular high school movies of all time. The same can't be said about it's remake. The main problem with Love Don't Cost a Thing is the actors. Or should we say singers. Christina and Nick are great vocalists, but they could have used a few acting lessons before this.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man (1977 TV movie) & Spider-Man (2002) - 25 years
Stars in Original: Nicholas Hammond, Thayer David
Stars in Remake: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst
This is a slightly different situation. Spider-Man definitely needed a Hollywood upgrade from its cheesy '70s TV film, but it seems like we JUST finished watching one Spider-Man movie before another one comes out these days! Since the 2002 remake, there have been three sequels that have hit theaters and a fourth one (Venom) was ultmately scrapped.
3. Hairspray (1988 & 2007) - 19 years
Stars in Original: Ricki Lake, Michael St. Gerard
Stars in Remake: John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer
There wasn't anything terribly wrong with the 2007 remake of Hairspray. It just wasn't original. At all. As in, they copied the '80s version pretty much down to the letter. Plus, John appearing in drag didn't do much to help shut down those pesky gay rumors.
4. The Stepfather (1987 & 2009) - 22 years
Stars in Original: Terry O'Quinn, Jill Schoelen
Stars in Remake: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward
In addition to two sequels released in 1989 and 1992, the '80s classic was given a full remake 22 years later. So what was the problem? Despite a hunkier actor in Dylan, the acting was far worse this time around. And while the '80s film was critically acclaimed, only 12 percent of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a good review. The remake at least made back what it spent on its $20 million budget by grossing $31 million at the box office.
5. The Karate Kid (1984 & 2010) - 26 years
Stars in Original: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita
Stars in Remake: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith
Bottom line, the '80s version of this movie was our childhood. Don't screw with it. And how could you EVER replace Mr. Miyagi?! Plus, we hate to say it, but we'd even take Hilary Swank's performance in The Next Karate Kid over Jaden's.
6. 21 Jump Street (1987 TV series & 2012) - 25 years
Stars in Original: Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete
Stars in Remake: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
There wasn't anything horribly wrong with this remake of the campy '80s TV series. It just raised the question of why did they even bother? The film did receive generally positive reviews though and grossed over $197 million at the box office.
7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 & 2010) - 26 years
Stars in Original: John Saxon, Heather Lagenkamp, Johnny Depp
Stars in Remake: Jackie Earle Haley, Katie Cassidy
While the '80s version of this movie is responsible for launching the career of Johnny Depp, we can't really say the remake will do the same for anyone in it. Although the latest installment of A Nightmare on Elm Street grossed over $115 million in sales, it received terrible reviews and most of its stars just missed getting Razzie nominations.
8. Footloose (1984 & 2011) - 27 years
Stars in Original: Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer
Stars in Remake: Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough
It's very rare that a high school favorite repeats its success at the box office with a remake. Plus there's something about it that just feels icky. It would be like remaking Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That definitely applies to the modern take on Footloose, which features cute but mediocre actors and an even cheesier storyline. Fans felt the same way too. Although it grossed $62 million at the box office, distributor Paramount Pictures was hoping for far better numbers.
9. The Stepford Wives (1975 & 2004) - 29 years
Stars in Original: Katharine Ross, Peter Masterson
Stars in Remake: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick
There were already three sequels to the '70s version of the film, but the franchise went from campy to craptacular with this 2004 remake. Nicole and Bette Midler were not convincing housewives gone mad in the least, while normally solid Matthew put in one of his worst career performances. The reported tension between cast members on-set was obvious on-screen and the film not only received bad reviews, but lost $40 million after box office sales on what was spent making it!
What's your favorite (or least favorite) Hollywood remake?
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