As long as we're remaking movies ...

OPINION

  • "The Amazing Spider-Man" opens in June.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" opens in June.
May 23, 2012|By Katie Killacky, For RedEye

At the movies the other night, I saw a preview for "Spider-Man." I'm so confused. Didn't they just do that? While the filming of "Superman" took over Chicago last summer, I couldn't help but think the same thing. Is Hollywood really that hard up for ideas? Yes, of course it is. And I'm hardly the first person to point that out over the past ... oh, 10 years.

I've compiled a list of some oldies but goodies that I feel would be interesting if they were set in modern times. Yes, modern. Don't fall over when you realize these movies were made, on average, more than 25 years ago.

"The Lost Boys"

Um, hello? Why has no one thought of this? Vampires are huge right now. In fact, just take any movie and add vampires. I bet if they had made the remake of "Footloose" about a vampire who shakes up a small town and has some killer dance moves, it would have fared better at the box office.

"The Toy"

I'd pull for either Chris Rock or Tim Meadows to take over the lead role in this underappreciated Richard Pryor comedy from the '80s. Though we could just give them each a chance and also remake "Brewster's Millions."

"Overboard"

This time though, can we at least acknowledge that there is a major crime happening here? It's fine if they still fall in love but Kurt Russell clearly kidnapped Goldie Hawn. Let's call a spade a spade.

"Hello Again"

This little-known movie starring Shelley Long is about a woman coming back to life after choking on a chicken bone. Sound silly? Well, someone was sold on the idea 20 years ago and I, for one, would like to see Kristen Wiig in more movies.

"Splash"

A mermaid?! In New York City?! Cinematic gold, I tell ya, in any era.

"Mr. Mom"

Movies such as "What to Expect When You're Expecting"and the Jimmy Fallon pilot "DILFs" focus on single and stay-at-home dads. A newer version of this flick could be a real crowd-pleaser.

"The Shawshank Redemption"

I really don't think this movie should be remade, but for some strange reason I would love to see a Muppet version.

"Fear"

Never has a movie captured teen lust so well. I'm thinking Channing Tatum could pull off the Marky Mark bad-boy charm and Emma Roberts has the innocence yet also can act, which was so key in Reese Witherspoon nailing this part. My only request is that the roller coaster scene be stretched out a bit longer.

"Weird Science"

With "Big Bang Theory" being such a hit, take any one of these guys, pair 'em up with whoever's on the cover of Sports Illustrated that year and boom! You've got a hit.

"Goonies"

Wait. No. This movie should never be touched.

"The Artist"

Too soon? With dialogue.

I'm hoping Hollywood stays away from "Pretty Woman," "The Notebook" and anything with Molly Ringwald. In the meantime, I'll be on the lookout for "A Very Muppet Shawshank Redemption," hopefully coming soon to a theatre near you.

KATIE KILLACKY IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.

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