Hollywood is full of reboots, remakes and rehashes of classic films at the minute, with new versions of Blade Runner, Jumanji, Dune and Baywatch all on the way soon.
It might seem that this fascination with revisiting old films is a new thing, but the movie industry has always had a habit of returning to classic movies.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, Scarface, 1959’s Ben-Hur… there’s a huge list of classic movies that are actually remakes of old films, and some are less obvious than others.
Discover 5 cool movies that are actually remakes below:
I Am Legend
Will Smith’s zombie flick proved a big hit back in 2007, but it wasn’t the first time Richard Matheson’s novel of the same name had been made into a film. Vincent Price starred in the title role in The Last Man on Earth in 1964. The movie was ahead of its time in many ways, and influenced zombie film like George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead soon after.
Technically not a remake, but Quentin Tarantino’s debut movie Reservoir Dogs owes a huge debt to 1987 Hong Kong thriller City on Fire. Like Tarantino’s movie, the film is set in the aftermath of a heist gone wrong, and like Tim Roth’s character, Ko Chow’s Mr Orange must choose between his new found criminal buddies and his legal duties. The similarities between the films is brilliantly shown in the brilliant YouTube video Who Do you Think You’re Fooling?, which shows just how much the two films cross over.
Did you know that Michael Mann’s classic 1995 film Heat is actually a remake of his own TV movie LA Takedown? The one-off special was reasonably successful when it was aired on NBC in 1989, but of course, it’s best remembered as the inspiration for the Al Pacino and Robert De Niro masterpiece.
Mission Impossible 2
As fans of the Tom Cruise franchise will know, Mission Impossible 2 is almost completely unrecognisable from the original; that’s mainly due to the fact that it’s a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious. The film borrows plot and characters from the 1946 spy film, and Anthony Hopkins speech to Cruise is almost entirely lifted from the monologue delivered by Cary Grant in the original.
Three Men And A Baby
Ah, the 80s was a good time for movies, wasn’t it? Three Men And A Baby brought together three of the biggest stars of the decade – Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg, and Tom Selleck. Interestingly, the movie is actually based on the French film Three Men and a Cradle from 1985. Three Men And A Baby came out just two years later, and both remain critically acclaimed movies.