Originally Posted by Miss I.
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.
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.
If you were a teenage male when Red Dawn came out....It certainly was iconic. Every bit as much as The Outsiders.
As for True Grit...I don't think Western remakes are a result of studio laziness so much as a lack of decent original screenplays in the genre. Sure, every now and again an Pale rider, Unforgiven, Open Range or Appaloosa comes along but they are few and far between. There is no more iconic genre IMO and yet I'd love to see reboots of the Ford, Peckinpah & even Leone classics someday.