We're all familiar with the Hollywood remake machine at this point. The 21st century brought with it a wave of remakes, sequels, reboots, and prequels to movie theaters never seen before. Every year there are more titles coming out that we've already seen. Is nothing sacred?
The answer is: apparently not, since audiences keep flocking to these films en masse. Remakes are often some of the best performing movies of the year. Studios love to bet on established properties—it makes them feel warm and fuzzy at night. So what are the studios banking on next year? Here are five new remakes coming next year that will likely surprise you.
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins
Yup, we needed another version of this video game movie, according to Paramount Pictures. The 2001 Angelina Jolie version (and its 2003 sequel) wasn't good enough. The 2018 edition stars an Oscar winner, Alicia Vikander, and is directed by the talented Roar Uthaug (The Wave). But, don't expect much. This franchise was always lacking a real story and a million Oscar winners can't work with nothing.
Release date: March 16, 2018
Starring: Diego Luna
Based on Armitage Trail's 1929 novel and updated, this will be the third version of the gangster saga, Scarface, to hit the big screen (1932, 1983). The 1983 remake starring Al Pacino is the revered version beloved by college kids everywhere, and it'll likely be the main template for this new remake as well. Diego Luna is a talented veteran actor finally getting some attention in America after starring in Rogue One last year. He's a worthy choice to play the lead, who may or may not be named Tony Montana.
Release date: August 10, 2018
A Star Is Born
Starring: Stefani Germanotta, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott, Dave Chappelle, Andrew Dice Clay, Eddie Griffin
Why not a fourth version? Yes, A Star Is Born is coming back to the big screen in 2018 with a modernized storyline. This movie was first produced in 1937 and has already been remade twice (1954 with Judy Garland, 1976 with Barbara Streisand). The 2018 version was originally slated to be helmed by Clint Eastwood with Beyoncé in the lead role, but she left when she got pregnant. Enter Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, who'll take on the starring part as a country girl who heads to Hollywood to become a sensation.
Release date: September 28, 2018
Directed by Niki Caro
Mulan will be the next animated Disney tale to get the live-action remake treatment, following in the steps of Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and the Beast in recent years. For those unfamiliar, the story is about a young girl who poses as a man so she can fight in her father's place in war. Set during the Han Dynasty, Mulan is the only Disney princess to actually kill people so look for this live-action version to be a R-rated bloodbath. Just kidding, but that would be cool. No word yet on who will star in the lead role. Jamie Chung played Mulan on the ABC series Once Upon A Time (seen below).
Release date: November 2, 2018
Starring: Jason Momoa
This remake has been talked about for a long time, but it appears to finally be happening. The Crow, based on the 1989 comic, is already a beloved cult film having been adapted in 1994 with Brandon Lee. Lee died making that movie so many assumed it was sacred, but nope. A new version starring the bulky Jason Momoa is supposedly coming soon. No premiere date has been released but The Wrap reports production began in January of this year. The story will likely follow the same plot as the comic and original film — Eric Draven, murdered with his beloved girlfriend, is brought back to life a year later to exact extreme vengeance on the thugs who did it.
Release date: N/A