80s Movie Remakes
'About Last Night,' 'Robocop,' 'Endless Love' (Screengems/Columbia/Universal)
20 Remakes of '80s Movies Currently in the Works
The Hollywood remake machine shows no signs of slowing down, with the '80s emerging as the most popular targeted decade from which to draw the re-imagining, re-booting and/or re-gurgitating of various cinematic entities.
Below you'll find no less than 20 1980s movies that are set for an upgrade — some arriving as early as later this year, some that are still a ways off and others that may end up just being stuck in limbo until the 2080s.
1. "An American Werewolf in London" (1981)
The rights to perhaps the greatest werewolf movie of all time (with "Ginger Snaps" probably a close second) were bought from director John Landis by The Weinstein Company back in June 2009, with "The Number 23" writer Fernley Phillips hired to give the classic tale a "modern spin." This endeavor was probably brought on by a case of "Twilight" fever, which has since cooled down — which means there's a good chance this will never see the light of day (or, rather, of the moon).
2. "Annie" (1982)
The last big-screen incarnation of the Little Orphan starred Aileen Quinn in the title role, with Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks, Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan, Ann Reinking as Grace, Tim Curry as Rooster and Bernadette Peters as Lily. The latest version will see "Beasts of the Southern Wild" star Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie, with Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan (awesome) and Jamie Foxx as Daddy Warbucks, renamed as Benjamin Stacks, because that's just what happens sometimes. The new "Annie" will come out tomorrow ... er, Dec. 19.
3. "Dirty Dancing" (1987)
The last time we heard anything about the remake of the beloved classic romance starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey was back in June 2012, when it was reported that Lionsgate was pushing it "at least until 2014." Well, it's 2014, and as far as we know, director Kenny Ortega (who was the choreographer on the original film) hasn't started any new dancing yet.
4. "Escape From New York" (1981)
John Carpenter's B-movie mini-classic followed the adventures of professional anti-hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) as he infiltrated the maximum security prison that is future NYC (well, if you count 1997 as the 'future') to rescue the President of the United States. Hollywood's been trying to get this remake off the ground and over the wall for years, with everyone from Gerard Butler to Tom Hardy to Jason Statham rumored for the role of Plissken ("Call me Snake ...").