Remakes, reboots, re-imaginings– these sorts of films are no longer just apart of a Hollywood trend. The concept of re-doing iconic films has become a cottage industry within Tinseltown. If it was popular decades ago, maintains a cult appeal, or generated an entire franchise, you can bet there’s a studio plotting a new take on it. While the success of movies like The Dark Knight and Rise of the Planet of the Apes has proved some reinterpretations can yield financial and artistic success, we are beginning to question some of the properties currently being developed. For a taste of the most ridiculous re-dos proposed by Hollywood, here are 15 dubious franchises on the verge of being revived.
Though The Dark Knight Rises was a huge success, The Avengers has kind of ruined any chance for Warner Bros to enjoy it. The studio wants desperately to ramp up to a Justice League movie, which will feature such all-stars heroes as Wonder Woman, Superman and, of course, Batman, to compete with Marvel’s mega mash-up. The only problem is that the hyper-realism of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight series has given the studio pause as to whether or not the cinematic universe could also contain super powered characters. With the Nolan-produced Man of Steel hitting theaters this summer, there are been new reports coming in every week announcing rumors of further delays, the possibility of Christian Bale returning as Batman or new developments of a Batman reboot intended to establish the character for Justice League. As this hubbub ensues, The Dark Knight Rises has barely had time to gather any dust on our DVD shelf.