Monday, May 23, 2016

My Movie Remake Wishlist

Disney's Beauty and the Beast teaser trailer releases this week. That marks off one remake I've wanted for a looong time.

Take a sec to watch the trailer if you haven't. Squee! Then read on for more movie suggestions.



Since it's been so long since I did a random post just for fun, I decided I’d compile a list of all the movies I wish I could watch in a 2016 version. Not retellings, mind you, but in the original setting. :) You’ll notice several are westerns. I think it’s high time great westerns made a comeback. They’ve been “out” for so long, and now when the rare one is made, it's all dark and full of gruesome, twisted, on-screen violence. :( How about leaving a few things to the imagination?

Now to the list! My organizational side demands I alphabetize. Hmm. That sounded weird. Like a Sesame Street song or something. “My organizational—” Okay, okay, I’ll stop. :) These'll be MOSTLY alphabetical, in categories at least.

*If you know of any remakes of these films/TV shows made in the last 10 years or so, let me know so I can check them out!



A

Andy Griffith
(because we need a full-length film set in Mayberry)






B

Brigadoon
I sing a mean "Waitin' for My Dearie" in the shower. My sister may hold a different opinion.

The Black Swan 
(the swashbuckling one with Tyrone Powers)
"There's a split in the main brace. What main brace? Uh, there's a barnacle on the cathead. Oh, all right. I'll be right up."

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C

Calamity Jane
 
The Court Jester
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D

Daniel Boone
Can you imagine a full-length movie of this made with today's technology?


E

F

G

Gone With the Wind

I have mixed feelings about this one...
Who could possibly play Rhett? And then they'd have to find someone to replace Vivien Leigh.




What if they completely mess up the movie? I guess that's a risk we'll have to take.



H

How the West Was Won

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The Harvey Girls
(And actually make the leading man handsome this time and with a backbone. You’re welcome.)

I

Ivanhoe
Seriously, why haven't we had a more recent award-winning adaptation of this epic story? (They're wondering, too.)


J

K

L

Lorna Doone
Not that this one isn't okay, but I'd like to see it with a different cast and updated costumes.


M

My Fair Lady
(or Pygmalion, if you want a non-musical)




N


O

P

The Pirates of Penzance
(and all other Gilbert and Sullivan plays, please)
Though I don't think anyone can beat Kevin Kline's portrayal of the Pirate King.



Q

R

Ruth
Though I appreciate the effort, I'm not a huge fan of the ultra modern 2004 version. 
We need an epic, folks!

S
Lots of these!

Singing In the Rain

Show Boat



Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
How I love this movie! My sister and I used to argue over which brother we thought was the handsomest. We always fought over Benjamin (orange shirt, far right). Now I lean toward Caleb (yellow shirt). It's the beard that won me over, y'all.
"Sobbin', sobbin', sobbin' fit to be tied."


Santa Fe Trail
"A-Yippee!!!"

The Scarlet Pimpernel
"Sink meh. Dashed rumpled uniform, wot?"
Sergeant York
I'm not a "war movie" person per se, but this one's a classic.

 


T

Tammy and the Bachelor

"I come from Virginie, Sir. I've been walkin' all the way alongside the wagon, ox-drawn. I've been sleepin' on the ground by night and walkin' all the day. I've come to this great house to sell fresh eggs. I'm totin' em in my bonnet."

U

Unconquered

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V

W


White Christmas
I adore this version, but wouldn't it be fun to see it brought back for a modern audience?

X

Y

The Yearling


Z

Zorro

COMMENT FODDER:
-- Have any movies to add?
-- Can you think of any for the letters I missed?
-- Or maybe you want to tell me who you'd cast in a remake of your favorite older movie?

The winner of Erica Vetsch's His Prairie Sweetheart is Donna Brookmyer. Congrats! I'll be in touch with you soon! 

1 comment:

englishmysteriesblog said...

Goodness, I can't imagine a remake for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Singin' in the Rain, or Sergent York--they are such classics. :)

However, I will say that I prefer the modern Sabrina (the one with Harrison Ford) to the classic version with Humphrey Bogart. And I like the modern Little Women (the one with Winona Ryder) more than the classic version with Katharine Hepburn--so there are times when the up to date film is better. :) The scenes with Winona (Jo March) and Gabriel (Friedrich Bhaer) are brilliant--they are the perfect Jo and Professor Bhaer. :)

Then comes Pride and Prejudice. The 1995 version is the best one--the film goes into great detail concerning the particulars of the book. Whereas the 1940 version showcases a few errors when it comes to the text, which is heartbreaking to this English major. :)

For Zorro, have you seen the The Mask of Zorro with Antonio Banderas? Excellent! And then they made a sequel, The Legend of Zorro, which is also very good. :)