Hollywood’s cheerful recycling of previous hits shows no signs of stopping anytime soon, and as long as movies like Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book can make nearly a billion dollars worldwide, then remakes will continue to seem like a sound financial proposition.
All it takes is one massive success to wash away the remakes that either split the critics (The Legend Of Tarzan) or performed below expectations and torpedoed plans for a sequel (Ghostbusters).
Favreau’s film will probably go some way to helping Hollywood forget about the film commentators labelled the summer’s biggest turkey, even though it had been in multiplexes for only three days: Ben-Hur.
Even before its release, Timur Bekmambetov’s take on the classic was branded a DOA dud, a flop in waiting, a wreck the participants would be lucky to walk away from. Clearly setting itself up to fail, the movie was actually a remake of a remake, and not just any remake – the 1959 version won a then unprecedented 11 Oscars.
The movie’s awards haul wasn’t equaled until 1997, and as much as James Cameron would like you to believe that his movie was unique, Titanic was basically a souped-up, spectacular remake of the 1953 film of the same name. When filmmakers get it right, remakes can be intoxicating, and here are 10 films that prove it.