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The Top 10 Movies From the '90s That Will Be Remade

by nathanbloch   March 09, 2009 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 1,582

At this point it’s a fait accompli that every damn movie from the ‘80s has been remade or is getting remade. As if Hollywood’s penchant for replicating itself wasn’t bad enough, they’ve now bumped up the timeline a bit, and flicks from the ‘90s (like Total Recall) are now fair game. It's inevitable that even more will be remade in the next few years.

Source: Universal Pictures

By Nathan Bloch

The following article does not represent the opinions of Spike TV or its affiliates.


10. Starship Troopers

This movie took a whole heck of a lot of flack when it came out, and for good reason. The acting, when it’s not hands-down ridiculous, mostly just elicits fits of giggles and the occasional gassy outburst. Director Paul Verhoeven’s futuristic Battle of the Bugs is like an eight-year-old’s idea of how World War III might go down, minus any dramatic tension.

But it was still a pretty dang entertaining movie, and the silly characters (Neil Patrick Harris did some of his best work in this film) and intergalactic insects managed to keep us engrossed in this cosmic melodrama. Seeing as two of Verhoeven’s masterpieces are already slated to get remade (Robocop and Total Recall), it’s not a huge leap of logic to assume Starship Troopers is going to get the Hollywood makeover sometime soon.

Release date: 2011

9. The Shawshank Redemption

You know it’s true. It’s only a matter of time before we see a remake of Shawshank starring Adrien Brody as the tall, lanky, quietly-awkward-yet-craftily-brilliant Andy Dufresne, and Samuel L. Jackson as the wise and patient Red. If they get real desperate for that remake moola, they might even stick Will Smith in as Red. When Andy and Red meet up on the beach at the end they could play a Smith rap ballad about friendship and prison (and Scientology).

Scared yet? You should be. This is a modern classic that should never be touched. It’s one of those rare gems of cinematic goodness that seems to just get better with age, and the sublime casting of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman is not something that can be duplicated. Neither actor was exactly a box office draw at the time, and movies based off of Stephen King material usually tends toward the horrific, not the dramatic, male-bonding sort.

Yet somehow Frank Darabont’s film became established as one of the magnum opuses of the 1990s – and within the decade it was made, to boot. It would be disrespectful and arrogant to try and do a third-rate reproduction of Shawshank just to lure in teenagers who’ve never heard of Rita Hayworth.

Release date: 2015

8. Speed

There were some rumors floating around for awhile that Speed, that seminal action flick that really put the wooden, rangeless Keanu Reeves and the obnoxiously giddy Sandra Bullock on the map, was going to get another sequel. Reeves extinguished those rumors, insisting he’d rather do something new with Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but there’s no reason to think Speed won’t just get remade altogether.

In the event that it does (it will), expect to see an actor who knows how to sport a buzz cut and pump up his biceps to fill Reeves’s shoes. Someone like Chris Evans or Jake Gyllenhaal or maybe even Vin Diesel – he was pretty much born to be in a Speed remake. I mean, he can only make so many Fast and Furious movies before he’ll have to increase the size of vehicles he’s destroying and one-liners he’s dispensing. Speed is really the only direction Diesel’s career can go at this point.

Release date: 2017

7. Judge Dredd

This banal, dystopian take on the future, and the justice system, was justly denounced as a steaming pile of horses*** when it came out in ’95. In an attempt to ride on the coattails of success Schwarzenegger had garnered in his big-budget movies in and about the future, Sylvester Stallone starred as the eponymous judge to little effect.

However, when this movie gets remade, don’t be surprised if Stallone actually gets recast in the same role he screwed up the first time around. I suppose it’s a possibility that the producers might try and cast Schwarzenegger, assuming he hasn’t found another state to govern, though his price tag could make that idea prohibitively stupid.

One way or another, Judge Dredd will likely be judged all over again, and it’s unlikely the jury will have a more merciful verdict than it did the first time around.

Release date: 2013

6. Braveheart

Mel Gibson directed and starred in Braveheart in ’95, and it. Was. Glorious. A better film about thirteenth century Scottish warriors battling against the oppressive British there has never been, nor will there ever be. Mel Gibson went on to win an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director for his trouble, and will forever be remembered as William Wallace, the Scottish thorn in the side of the British empire.

The thought of Braveheart getting remade is one that can keep you up at night if you let it eat at you. Who would direct? Ridley Scott? Zack Snyder? Peter Jackson? All of these substitutes are unsuitable and would fall short. Who would star? Hugh Jackman? Jackman is best when he’s inducing a female swoon, deploying adamantium claws, or smiling. He would not be believable plying a broadsword and against British soldiers while hollering “Freedom!!” Not unless there was a dance number right after that.

Release date: 2025