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
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.
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.
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.