Originally Posted by TheReverend
So you think "The Last Starfighter" had a good premise?
And I've got news for you... the iconic ones are the ones being remade.
Of the 80s remakes:
Arthur - iconic
Conan the Barbarian - iconic
Red Dawn - iconic
(not mentioning Star Trek and Karate Kid reboots)
And most recently in the remake category - True Grit won an academy award and a golden globe
eh, I think it was an okay movie but could be remade because it wasn't that great to begin with. I only vaguely recall my little brother loving it.
Arthur and Conan maybe iconic. Red Dawn is most certainly not an iconic movie. I know a lot of guys in the 80s love it, but the original story was okay and while it launched some careers it certainly was NOT iconic in the way that even The Outsiders was.
Star Trek was iconic, Karate Kid while I enjoyed the series and certainly had images that are deeply entrenched in pop culture (Wax on Wax off still amuses me), it was never untouchable. Friday the 13th created iconic images but it isn't untouchable because while the facemask thing is iconic, nothing about it can't be done again and definitely done better (though I've yet to see anything good out of that franchise except maybe Kevin Bacon).
Let me edit then, iconic films should be considered very carefully when they remake or reboot them. The Psycho remake from a very iconic film was a mistake and should never have been done. If they ever remake Casablanca I will throw my television set and DVD player in the trash and tell hollywood to go **** itself.
True Grit, I won't watch. It may very well be a good film in its own right, separate from the John Wayne original, but to me, there was no reason other than innate laziness on the part of Hollywood to find new stories and stop "reimagining" the same ones. I like the Coen brothers but I won't watch that movie regardless of Hollywood giving itself all sorts of praise for doing such a good job.
Rebooting and using same characters but not remaking is a bit more creative and why I liked Star Trek and the Batman films, but how do you reboot Princess Bride? You can't. you would remake it, which again is pointless like remaking Psycho shot for shot was a pointless vanity project.