Table of Contents
- 1. Four Weddings and a Funeral
- 2. The Sandlot
- 3. Starship Troopers
- 4. American Psycho
- 5. She’s All That
- 6. High Fidelity
- 7. The Craft
- 8. I Know What You Did Last Summer
- 9. Indecent Proposal
- 10. Mulan
- 11. Hocus Pocus
- 12. Sister Act
- 13. Aladdin
- 14. White Men Can’t Jump
- 15. Jacob’s Ladder
- 16. Cube
- 17. Candyman
- 18. Ace Ventura
- 19. Clueless
- 21 The Lion King – July 19, 2019
- 20 Possibility: Mortal Kombat
- 19 Shaft – June 14, 2019
- 18 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – May 10, 2019
- 17 What Men Want – January 11, 2019
- 16 Possibility: Big Trouble In Little China
- 15 DUMBO – March 29, 2019
- 14 HELLBOY – April 12, 2019
- 13 Pet Sematary – April 5, 2019
- 12 Possibility: Scarface
- 11 Aladdin – May 24, 2019
- 10 Jacob’s Ladder – Feb 1, 2019
- 9 Possibility: Highlander
- 8 MIB – June 14, 2019
- 7 The Addams Family – October 11, 2019
- 6 Masters of the Universe – December 18, 2019
- 5 Possibility: The Crow
- 4 Grudge – August 16, 2019
- 3 Possibility: Labyrinth
- 2 CHARLIE’S ANGELS – November 1, 2019
- 1 Untitled Terminator Project – November 1, 2019
- ‘Home Alone’ reboot in the works at Disney
- ‘Home Alone’ Reboot Taps ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney (EXCLUSIVE)
- Films are quietly disappearing from Disney Plus
- Movies are already disappearing from Disney+
Since the dawn of cinema, Hollywood has been rehashing ideas. But with the reboot-revisit-remake craze that has engulfed the entertainment industry lately, it’s looking like the creativity – or at least the will to innovate – may have truly run dry.
But it’s not just on the small screen where the need for nostalgia is strong – just get your chops around all the classic movies from the ’90s receiving a modern do-over, proving nothing from our childhoods is sacred…
1. Four Weddings and a Funeral
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1990s cinema can be defined by many things, one of those being Hugh Grant playing the same bumbling Brit in every romcom on the circuit. One of his biggest hits at the box office was Four Weddings and a Funeral, so it’s no surprise a remake is in the works at Hulu, with Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton attached as writers.
Although Kaling won’t be starring, Jessica Williams, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse and John Reynolds have all joined the cast. And it looks like the episodic spin on the classic comedy will be staying true to the original by following a group of pals whose lives intersect at five life-changing events.
The question now is whether the modern version will contain quite so many “f**ks”. We’ll just have to wait to find out when it hits the streamer some time next year.
Meanwhile, we have a sequel – of sorts – to look forward to.
2. The Sandlot
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As the 1993 coming-of-age classic taught us, there are heroes and there are legends – heroes get remembered, but legends never die.
This certainly rings true for The Sandlot. On the movie’s 25th anniversary, director David Mickey revealed how a young writer named Austin Reynolds inspired him to breathe new life into the franchise, with the pair co-writing a prequel to the iconic baseball film that will show the backstory of the team.
Details on the plot are pretty sparse, but rumour has it the story involves the legend of the beast from the first iteration.
3. Starship Troopers
Despite the fact that director of the original Paul Verhoeven reckons it’s a terrible idea, Columbia Pictures announced it is rebooting the 1997 sci-fi Starship Troopers, and has reportedly snapped up Baywatch writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon to pen the script.
While we’ve seen no updates since the announcement two years ago, it looks like the bugs will be back in the near future. Yay?
4. American Psycho
With Trump’s America in full force, what better time to give Bret Easton Ellis’ yuppy horror a revisit. It’s understandable that Lionsgate’s do-over has outraged the fans, but one person who’s stoked about it is the author himself.
Ellis was famously never too pleased with Mary Harron’s adaptation, and was the first to challenge the naysayers and become a champion of the remake, taking to Twitter to state: “Haters beware: I just had a long discussion with Noble Jones, the writer/director of the ‘new’ American Psycho movie. His take is genuine.” High praise indeed.
5. She’s All That
Those behind the remake of the original 1999 romcom have a hefty job on their hands. While the film needs to stay true to the original, it’s also got to avoid the ’90s trope whereby an unattractive geek can transform into a mega-babe simply by taking off her glasses and changing her hair.
By the looks of things, it’s proved difficult so far – since the announcement back in 2015, updates on the project have been few and far between. We won’t hold our breath.
6. High Fidelity
The heartbreak movie for people who used music to get through bad break-ups, High Fidelity starred John Cusack as a record store owner reflecting on his failed romances.
The story will return in an episodic gender-swapped format in 2019, with Ugly Betty’s Veronica West and Sarah Kucserka penning the script and the original writer Scott Rosenberg on board as a producer. Get ready for more melancholic comedy, romantic sentiments and (hopefully) a killer soundtrack to back it.
7. The Craft
Responsible for “light as a feather, stiff as a board” being on the agenda of every sleepover party, The Craft was a defining film of the ’90s. The goth teen weirdo within you will be stoked to know that a sequel is on the way, which will take place two decades after the events of the first film.
Not much else is known at this stage, although writer Daniel Casey did say that a script was submitted late last year. Let’s wait and see if he, alongside director Leigh Janiak, can capture the magic of the original.
8. I Know What You Did Last Summer
We saw I Know What You Did Last Summer. We marvelled at I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Now ready yourself for the 2018 update: I Really Do Still Know What You Did Last Summer…
Just kidding. That said, a revisit of the slasher film franchise is not off the cards, with Jason Blum recently expressing interest in resurrecting Jim Gillespie’s 1997 slasher. Because as the film taught us, some things don’t stay buried forever.
9. Indecent Proposal
Although it doesn’t seem like the kind of film that would go down too well in the current climate, Paramount Players has hired The Girl on the Train’s writer to pen the script of an Indecent Proposal remake. The 1993 original starred Robert Redford as a billionaire who offers David (Woody Harrelson) one million dollars to spend a night with his wife, Diana (Demi Moore).
We’ll see what the #MeToo critics have to say about this one.
Disney’s 1998 Mulan was ahead of its time for many reasons, so it’s no surprise the film is getting a live-action remake from the House of Mouse. Fans of the original were outraged to learn earlier this year that the remake won’t be including bisexual icon Li Shang, who falls in love with the titular character both when she is disguised as a male soldier and when she’s a woman.
New character Chen Honghui will take his place – hopefully he’s a worthy replacement.
11. Hocus Pocus
Hubble, bubble, we foresee trouble – the Disney Channel is remaking the cult classic Hocus Pocus without the fabulous trio Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker or Kathy Najimy.
Oh yeah, and original director Kenny Ortega isn’t involved in the project to boot. Is this just a shameless cash grab from the House of Mouse, or will the studio conjure up some magic with the remake? Time will tell, but the outlook so far is not great.
12. Sister Act
Similarly to Hocus Pocus, the brains behind the Sister Act remake have committed blasphemy by leaving out the show’s main stars. Yes, Whoopi Goldberg is starring, but she’s only got a cameo.
To add salt to the wound, the original idea pitched by Disney was to created a threequel, but instead they recently decided to make the film a straight-up rehash, much to the dismay of the franchise’s fandom.
Audiences have been calling for a Sister Act 3 for years, so it’s a kick in the teeth that Disney won’t be giving them what they want and the remake won’t centre around the world’s favourite fictional nun, Deloris Van Cartier. Womp, womp.
Another of Disney’s live-action remakes will introduce viewers to a whole new world of adventures upon its release on May 24, 2019. Directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring the talents of Will Smith, Billy Magnussen, Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud, Aladdin will introduce an entire slate of fantastical new songs while playing on the plot of the original.
However, the movie has been mired in controversy since its announcement. In addition to who’s been cast in the key roles, many are skeptical about the return of a franchise that has come under scrutiny over the years for Orientalism. So yeah, it’s safe to say the film is anticipated – but for some it’s not in a favourable light.
14. White Men Can’t Jump
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“Perhaps we need a remake of White Men Can’t Jump?” said no one ever. Nevertheless, it’s happening and to be fair, the film’s got a cracking team behind it who could no doubt score a few slam dunks along the way.
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is teaming up with athletes Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil to make a new version of the 1992 sleeper hit comedy, about a pair of con artists who team up to hustle opponents in Los Angeles. We haven’t heard much else about the project since its announcement early last year, so keep your eyes peeled on more to come.
15. Jacob’s Ladder
The psychological horror Jacob’s Ladder didn’t exactly kill it in the box office, but its disturbing storyline, twisted imagery and phenomenal cast led the film to become a cult classic in its own right. Which is why the fanbase isn’t too happy about the forthcoming reboot of the same name.
Regardless of the backlash, the film is set for a February 2019 release, with David M. Rosenthal at the helm and Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams and Nicole Beharie starring. We’ll have to wait and see whether it respects Adrian Lyne’s nightmarish original when it hits theatres next year.
Cube was one of those films that if you know, you know. Despite its low budget, Vincenzo Natali’s 1997 psychological thriller was a smart and unsettling watch that made the most out of its single location setting. The sequel and prequel didn’t quite match the first, but Hollywood bosses decided to give the franchise another round and are planning a reboot titled Cubed.
Although Lionsgate is behind the modern take on the film and Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts is attached to the project, it appears the backers can’t get the film out of development limbo. And with Spaihts revealing back in 2016 that the concept is “resting right now”, the odds for a next year release aren’t looking too hot.
This is one horror remake we’re itching to see, thanks largely to the fact that Get Out’s Jordan Peele is eyeing the project. Bernard Rose’s 1992 original, based on a short story published in Clive Barker’s Books Of Blood, starred Tony Todd as the titular spirit who emerges every time someone says his name five times while staring into the mirror (don’t even try to deny you’re still too scared do it at home).
The film came before two less-acclaimed sequels and a revisit has been on the rumour mill for years. As they say, there’s no smoke without fire (and no Candyman without mirrors) and it looks like Peele is now in talks to produce a remake of the film through his Monkeypaw Productions.
Details are sparse right now what with the announcement being made late September of this year – here’s hoping Todd’s up for reprising his role as the hook-handed spook.
18. Ace Ventura
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Well, alrighty then – looks like the 1994 pet detective will return to our screens sometime in the future. News of the reboot arrived last year, two decades after Jim Carrey wowed audiences with his unique form of comedy as the Hawaiian-shirted parrot man.
Last year Deadline confirmed that Morgan Creek Productions was making a major content push, with Ace Ventura at the top of its list.
News has gone quiet since then, not that the fans are complaining. While the company’s founder James G Robinson has invited Carrey to reprise his role, there’s a level of apprehension over whether a reboot is wanted or even necessary right now. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
We were totally buggin’ at the news that Clueless looks set to get a remake. Though it’s still early days, Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver is producing and Glow writer Marquita Robinson is penning the script.
The film will be based on the 1995 sleeper hit by Amy Heckerling, starring Alicia Silverstone as the loveable teen Cher Horowitz, alongside Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto and Stacey Dash, as well as the late Brittany Murphy.
It’s, like, totally unclear whether any of the original stars will return, but we do know the Clueless fanbase aren’t too into it. Are they hyped about a modern update? As if!
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Disney has just announced that they are planning to remake four iconic films and we’re freaking out.
Home Alone, Night At The Museum, Cheaper By The Dozen and Diary of A Wimpy Kid we’re announced as the movies set to get a modern reboot.
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According to Entertainment Tonight, the news of the remakes was confirmed by Disney head Bob Iger during Walt Disney Company’s earnings call that was made public on Tuesday.
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The Disney boss didn’t share any other details regarding plots, release dates or even the casting for the films but he did reveal something very interesting.
Speaking about the news, Iger described the Home Alone remake as a re-imagined version ‘for a new generation’.
We’re not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing just yet.
Home Alone was an instant fan favourite when it was first released in the 90s.
The film launched the careers of so many actors, including the main star, Macaulay Culkin as the young, mischievous Kevin McCallister.
Home Alone was so successful that it led to a sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, which dropped two years after.
Cheaper By The Dozen,Night At The Museum and Diary of the Wimpy Kid were also announced in the remake line-up.
The Night at the Museum starred Ben Stiller and was set in a magical museum which came alive at night.
Cheaper By The Dozen featured famous faces like Steve Martin, Hilary Duff and Tom Welling who were all part of the family of twelve while the Diary of A Wimpy Kid was based on the popular children’s book by American author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney.
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These days, Hollywood has been cashing in on the common thread of childhood nostalgia. There has been a slew of reboots in the last decade, and there are even more in the works. While some might be interested to see a new perspective on beloved childhood classics, there are plenty of others that might be feeling the sting of a reboot overload. Live-action remakes of Disney classics have proven to be a tremendous success— with the likes of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book at the forefront of the trend. Whether you love them or hate them, reboots are here to stay.
Recently, we’ve seen the release of Creed 2, Robin Hood, Christopher Robin, among other remakes, reboots, and reimaginings this year. Based on the movie forecast looming on the horizon, the trend isn’t stopping anytime soon.
In this list, we’ll look at other upcoming reboots for next year, along with a few unconfirmed possibilities. Just this past week, Disney released the first official trailer for The Lion King, much to the delight of fans. Next year, the Mouse House will also usher in the release of live-action adaptations of Dumbo and Aladdin, and seek to relive the magic with Frozen 2. Other animated movies hitting theaters next year include How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World, The Secret Life of Pets 2, and The Addams Family. There are more than just animated films in the works, with talks for remaking beloved classics like Labyrinth and revisiting the likes of Mortal Kombat and Big Trouble in Little China.
Here are 20 Movie Reboots Coming In 2019 (And 5 Possibilities).
21 The Lion King – July 19, 2019
A beloved classic, The Lion King has delighted generations of fans since its initial release in 1994. Next summer, Disney is set to release the live-action film adaptation featuring Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Beyoncé. On Thanksgiving, fans were given an exclusive look at the first official trailer heralding in the return to Pride Rock.
The incomparable James Earl Jones is returning to voice his original character, Mufasa, while Donald Glover will take the throne as Simba. Beyoncé is set to voice Nala, and Chiwetel Ejiofor will lend his velvety voice for the villainous Scar. Now, fans across the world are panicking— how will we cope with seeing Mufasa’s final fate in HD?
20 Possibility: Mortal Kombat
Time and time again, we’ve seen various iterations of video game film adaptations, but few have packed the same punch as their original source material. With the recent announcement of Mortal Kombat from Warner Bros, we hope to a see a change soon. While the nineties film was mostly a miss, Mortal Kombat did inflict a fatality at the box office when compared to the rival film at the time, Street Fighter.
The film will introduce Cole Turner, a new boxing character, and fan favorites like Sonya Blade, Raiden, and Liu Kang back in action. Surprisingly enough, there is no word at this time about Johnny Cage, Sub-Zero and Scorpion.
19 Shaft – June 14, 2019
Known for his work with Barbershop, Fantastic Four, and Think Like A Man, director Tim Story is at the helm for a reboot of Shaft. Starring Samuel L. Jackson as John Shaft II and newcomer Jessie T. Usher in the titular role as John Shaft Jr., Son of Shaft is slated for release on June 14, 2019.
Jessie T. Usher first kicked off his career with appearances in television series like Without a Trace, Hannah Montana, and Numb3rs. Usher has also starred as Lyle in the television series Level Up and Cam Calloway from Survivor’s Remorse. In recent years, Usher has starred in films like Independence Day: Resurgence, Almost Christmas, and Ride.
18 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu – May 10, 2019
Directed by Rob Letterman, the upcoming Pokémon: Detective Pikachu isn’t here to play any games. Since Pikachua is voiced by the hilarious Ryan Reynolds, many fans of Pokémon and Marvel have already started creating mashup fanart with Pikachu dressed in Deadpool’s suit.
Actor Justice Smith, who starred in the Netflix series, The Get Down, is set to star as the lead alongside Reynolds as Pikachu. Amusingly enough, actor Karan Soni, who played Dopinder in the Deadpool films, is also cast as Jack in the film. Whether you’re on board with this serious departure from the original Pokémon source material or not, this film is bound to be an amusing rollercoaster ride.
17 What Men Want – January 11, 2019
The upcoming What Men Want is a remake based on the 2000 romantic comedy, What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. Directed by Adam Shankman, this upcoming reboot is set to star Taraji P. Henson as a leading sports agent, Ali Davis.
Henson is known for her work as Cookie Lyon on the hit television series Empire, and for her role as Katherine Johnson in Hidden Figures. The film touches upon gender inequality in the workplace. In a new trailer, Henson’s character, Davis gets skipped over for a promotion, and she discovers her ability to hear men’s uncensored thoughts.
16 Possibility: Big Trouble In Little China
Originally directed by John Carpenter, Big Trouble in Little China was first released back in 1986. Starring Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, and James Hong, the film was poorly received in theaters but has since become known as a cult classic over the years.
The new film is set to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the lead, but according to Seven Bucks Productions, the movie won’t be a traditional remake. Instead, the movie will “continue the story” of the original film, and will be set in the same universe. Carpenter had some biting words to say about the upcoming film, and we’ll have to see what new developments are in store.
15 DUMBO – March 29, 2019
Directed by Tim Burton, Disney is set to revisit the magic of Dumbo with a film-adaptation of the classic movie. Starring Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Colin Farrell, and Danny DeVito, this Burton-directed film is bound to explore a more darker side of the classic animated film.
Recently, fans were given a look at the first official trailer and brand new movie poster highlighting an adorable-looking Dumbo. Unlike some of the other film-adaptations from the Mouse House which draw from faithful reiterated plots, Dumbo is set to follow a completely new storyline, including new additions to the original list of characters.
14 HELLBOY – April 12, 2019
Known for his work with Stranger Things, actor David Harbour is set to star as Hellboy in the upcoming reboot. Although the film was initially slated for a January 11 release, Summit Entertainment announced that the film would be pushed back until April 12, 2019.
Featuring a script by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, as well as Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden, the film is helmed by director Neil Marshall. Actress Milla Jovovich, who is known for her work with the Resident Evil films, is set to co-star in the film. Actors Ian McShane and Daniel Dae Kim are also cast in the movie.
13 Pet Sematary – April 5, 2019
Written by Stephen King, Pet Sematary is an award-winning horror novel from the eighties, and was adapted into a film in 1989. Next April, fans of the horror genre can look forward to this upcoming reboot of Pet Sematary.
Directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, the film also employs writers Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich. The movie is slated to star Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as Louis and Rachel Creed, with John Lithgow as Jud Crandall. This past Halloween, Paramount Pictures began unrolling some of the marketing material leading up to the film, including a poster and an official trailer for the movie.
12 Possibility: Scarface
For years, rumors have surfaced about an upcoming Scarface remake in the works, but the film has certainly met its fair share of challenges along the way. Directors David Yates, Pablo Larrain and David Ayer have all been connected to the project, but most recently, director Antoine Fuqua is set to helm the upcoming film.
Fuqua has mentioned an interest in actor Denzel Washington nabbing the lead role, but other news has said Diego Luna is rumored to star in the film. While we’re not sure of any additional details at the moment, stay tuned for more updates and developments as they are revealed
11 Aladdin – May 24, 2019
Disney is ready to take audiences to a whole new world with its upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin. Fans of the original animated classic have been captivated by the story for decades, with the film’s popularity sparking a hit Broadway musical.
Leading up to the announcement of the film’s release, the casting process was a difficult journey. Newcomer Mena Massoud is set to star as the film’s lead, alongside Naomi Scott, who also plays Kimberly from the recent Power Rangers reboot. Earlier this year, production of the film officially wrapped, and Massoud posted his gratitude for the journey. In October, fans were given a closer look at the film with the first official trailer.
10 Jacob’s Ladder – Feb 1, 2019
Directed by David M. Rosenthal, the upcoming remake of Jacob’s Ladder is scripted by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp. The original psychological thriller explored a strong theme of post-traumatic stress disorder, including how a war veteran experienced intense bouts of dissociation.
Best known for his roles as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy and Holden in The Cabin in the Woods, actor Jesse Williams is set to star in the upcoming reboot. Joseph Sikora, Karla Souza, Nicole Beharie, and Michael Ealy are also joining the cast for the remake. Jacob’s Ladder will climb into theaters on February 1, 2019.
9 Possibility: Highlander
Lionsgate Films has officially announced that a Highlander reboot is in the works. A cult classic, Highlander was first released in 1986 and has sparked a television spinoff series and additional sequels. Earlier this year, Lionsgate revealed that writer Ryan Condal has written the script, and director Chad Stahelski is purportedly taking the reins.
Director Stahelski is known for his work with the John Wick films, with John Wick 3: Parabellum set for release on May 17 of 2019. Although there haven’t been any additional details regarding casting or a potential release date at this time, be sure to keep posted for more updates about the upcoming Highlander film.
8 MIB – June 14, 2019
Director F. Gary Gray, known for his work with The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton, and The Fate of the Furious, is set to helm the untitled Men in Black spinoff. The film has already amassed a star-studded cast, with Marvel alumni Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the main leading roles. Hemsworth has already promised that the film will be “epic and fun” like the original film, featuring actor Will Smith.
Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Rebecca Ferguson are also set to join the cast. While more details are pending, the new Men in Black film is set to blast into theaters by next summer.
7 The Addams Family – October 11, 2019
With a motley crew of unique characters, The Addams Family has delighted audiences for years. MGM has announced an upcoming animated remake of The Addams Family, including directors Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon at the helm. Vernon, who is no stranger to animated giants, has also directed Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens, and most recently, the wild antics of Sausage Party from 2016.
The upcoming animated version of The Addams Family has Chloë Grace Moretz set to voice Wednesday, Charlize Theron as Morticia, and Oscar Isaac as Gomez. Actor Nick Kroll will lend his voice for Uncle Fester, and Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard will voice Pugsley.
6 Masters of the Universe – December 18, 2019
Rumors of an actual film version of Masters of the Universe have swirled around for years, but nothing truly set in stone. Next year, fans of the adventures of He-Man and the evil Skeletor will be excited to finally see the upcoming film adaptation of Masters of the Universe. While many casting details remain unconfirmed at this time, brothers Adam and Aaron Nee are slated to direct.
With a reported release date of December 18, 2019, it looks like Masters of the Universe will have plenty of box office competition with the release of Star Wars: Episode IX, Jumanji 3, and Cats hitting theaters on the same date.
5 Possibility: The Crow
Originally based on a comic created by James O’Barr, new details have been announced regarding the upcoming film adaptation of The Crow. Aquaman and Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa was set to star in the lead role, but other casting details had yet to be announced.
The remake of The Crow was set to soar into theaters on October 11, 2019, but after losing star Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy, the movie was pulled from Sony’s release slate. Director Alex Proyas originally took the helm of the first film, which starred the late Brandon Lee. The actor tragically perished on set during the film’s production, and The Crow has since become known as a cult classic.
4 Grudge – August 16, 2019
Originally based on a Japanese horror film called Ju-on: The Curse, The Grudge has continued to enthrall horror fans for years. Sony had initially reported that Grudge would be released during August 2019 but has shifted the release date to June 21, 2019 instead.
Directed by Nicolas Pesce, actors Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough are set to star in the upcoming reboot of The Grudge. It remains to be seen how this will all play out at the box office, given that Disney’s Toy Story 4, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and the upcoming Men in Black spinoff are all set for a similar release date.
3 Possibility: Labyrinth
Director Fede Alvarez, known for his work with The Girl in the Spider’s Web, Evil Dead, and Don’t Breathe, is now set to direct an upcoming reboot of the classic eighties fantasy film, Labyrinth. The 1986 cult classic has been a fan favorite for years, with the late David Bowie starring as Jareth, the Goblin King.
Last month, Alvarez revealed that he and Jim Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson, have confirmed that there is a script, and they have been in recent discussions regarding the project. We’ll certainly provide more details regarding the upcoming Labyrinth adaptation as soon as they are announced.
2 CHARLIE’S ANGELS – November 1, 2019
The newest iteration of Charlie’s Angels is slated to be released on November 1, 2019. The film includes Twilight actress Kristen Stewart and upcoming Aladdin star, Naomi Scott. Newcomer Ella Balinska, who has appeared in Casualty, is set to round out the trio. The film will be loosely based on the seventies television series, and deviate from the other Charlie’s Angels films, starring Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore.
Director Elizabeth Banks has been confirmed to helm the film, while also juggling a role as Bosley. John Forsythe was the original voice of Bosley, while Bill Murray played him in the 2000s films.
1 Untitled Terminator Project – November 1, 2019
Yes, it’s true. As if next year doesn’t have enough reboots on this list already, a currently untitled Terminator reboot is also in the works. Deadpool director Tim Miller is already confirmed, along with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the titular role. Actress Linda Hamilton is slated to play Sarah Connor, and Mackenzie Davis is set to play Grace for the project. Gabriel Luna, Natalia Reyes, and Diego Boneta are also on the bill.
Although no official title has been released at this time, this will be the sixth installment in the Terminator series.
Are there any reboots, remakes, or unconfirmed possibilities that you’re looking forward to in 2019? Let us know in the comments!
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‘Home Alone’ reboot in the works at Disney
Nineties kids are gonna scream.
The troublemaker comedy “Home Alone” is getting a reboot, thanks to Disney.
On an earnings call today, Disney head Bob Iger announced that the classic franchise is among those getting the reboot treatment for the company’s streaming platform, Disney+, which is expected to launch this November, comicbook.com reports.
The “Home Alone” franchise, which premiered in 1990, followed the misadventures of kiddo Kevin McCallister after his family forgets to bring him on their Christmas vacation, leaving him to outwit burglars. The movie was a massive success, spawning four sequels in theaters and television.
Iger said on the call that the movie would be “re-imagined for a new generation,” along with other childhood favorites including “Night at the Museum” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.”
It’s unclear still whether the “Home Alone” reboot will feature its star, Macaulay Culkin, who’s been keeping busy trolling Hollywood during awards shows. But he was spotted recently filming a Christmas scene on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, sparking rumors of his appearance in the reboot.
‘Home Alone’ Reboot Taps ‘Jojo Rabbit’s’ Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney (EXCLUSIVE)
Archie Yates, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney will star in Disney Plus’ “Home Alone” reboot. Sources add Kemper is still in negotiations and a deal has not closed yet.
Dan Mazer is on board to direct the film from a script by Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell.
Sources say Yates will not be playing the iconic Kevin McCallister, but a new character in a similar premise to the original franchise. In the original 1990 film, Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, is accidentally left behind while his family heads to Paris over the holidays. During that time, he must protect his house from a pair of burglars, portrayed by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
Though originally thought to be Yates’ parents, sources now say Kemper and Delaney will be playing someone else in the film, possibly another couple not related to Yates.
The first movie was a major hit, grossing $476.7 million worldwide, including $285.8 million domestically, leading to the 1992 sequel “ 2: Lost in New York,” which also went on to become a huge success.
The pic will be produced by Hutch Parker and Dan Wilson, and marks the first project to be produced by Twentieth Century Fox for Disney Plus.
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Yates recently had his breakout role in the Golden Globe-nominated “Jojo Rabbit,” playing the title character’s lovable best friend. He is repped by Atwell Artist Management.
Kemper just finished production on the interactive special to her Netflix comedy series “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Kemper starred in the show for four seasons, earning an Emmy nomination for her performance. On the movie side, she recently lent her voice to Illumination’s “The Secret Life of Pets 2.” She is repped by WME and Mosaic.
Delaney, best known for his role in the comedy series “Catastrophe,” had a busy year, appearing in “Hobbs & Shaw,” the Universal comedy “Last Christmas” and the Lionsgate drama “Bombshell,” which opens on Friday. He is repped by UTA and Avalon Management.
Home Alone and Home Alone 2 have both been pulled from Disney’s new subscription based streaming service Disney+. The movies are from 1990 and 1992 respectively, and both star Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci, and both were written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. Columbus hasn’t directed much in a few years, but did direct the first two Harry Potter films, and Home Alone is where his directorial break really came. Culkin, meanwhile, has effectively left behind acting in feature films since his child-star days, but has been working on plenty of other projects since retiring.
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York has recently been in the news after people noticed Donald Trump’s cameo appearance was cut in a Canadian TV broadcast of the movie. However, it was cut years before Trump became the U.S. President and was cut along with a number of other scenes to save time and make the movie fit better into a TV broadcast schedule. Still, it’s rare for a movie to reach even brief controversy involving the president a full 28 years after release. The franchise has been in the news an awful lot lately because it has also been announced that Disney will be producing a Home Alone reboot, to go on their Disney+ platform.
Which brings us to today’s news. Collider reports that Home Alone and Home Alone 2 have both been removed from Disney+. The speculation is that even though Disney owns 20th Century Fox, they may not have the right to stream the films domestically. Both are still available for viewing to international Disney+ viewers, as well as a slew of other movies that are currently not available to stream in the United States, including the 1993 classic The Sandlot and, for some reason, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Home Alone and Home Alone 2 were previously available to stream domestically, and were up for most of December, which is fitting as they are both Christmas movies. Home Alone 3 is still available as well, and it’s possible that the original and the first sequel will return to the platform at some point.
Long time subscribers to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, or any other streaming platform that hosts content they did not produce and have acquired the rights for via purchase or licensing will be familiar with the frustration that comes with the intermittent availability of some of the media on these streaming sites. It’s a step up from the rarity and restricted timing of TV broadcasts, but hopefully events like this will become less and less common as streaming services and studios establish more stable licensing agreements.
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Films are quietly disappearing from Disney Plus
With the release of Disney Plus, Disney has effectively done away with its fabled Vault. For years, the Vault was where Disney put films between waves of releases, so some classic titles would be unavailable for long periods. It was a smart way to drive interest in Disney’s release schedule for DVDs and Blu-rays: Whenever a beloved film emerged from the Vault, consumers, collectors, and resellers would rush to buy it, assuming their opportunities to own it would be limited. But with its new streaming service, Disney promised that all its classics would be permanently available to subscribers. That doesn’t apply to every movie on the service, however. Some films clearly aren’t going to live on Disney Plus forever.
In fact, as 2020 began, some Disney Plus users noticed that a few films had gone missing from the streaming library. Dr. Dolittle, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Home Alone and Home Alone 2, and The Sandlot are no longer streamable on Disney Plus. All these titles disappeared without warning, and so far, Disney has not commented on the titles.
Many fans are surprised by films dropping off the service, particularly since Disney hasn’t issued press releases about the changes. Where companies like HBO and Netflix put out monthly bulletins of everything coming to and leaving their streaming services each month, so viewers can plan their last-minute binges, Disney has only emphasized new arrivals, not departures. But the company has never actually promised that the various offerings on Disney Plus would remain there indefinitely. Sources tell Polygon that encumbrances with various legacy deals are likely the reason for the departures, and that titles may rejoin the service permanently after those licenses expire.
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In a statement to Comicbook.com in November 2019, a Disney Plus spokesperson said, “there will not be a ‘rotating slate’ of licensed movies each month With Disney Plus, beloved classics from the Disney vault will now stream in a permanent home, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King — the entire 13-film Signature Collection — all available on day one.”
The Signature Collection, for those unfamiliar, replaced the company’s Platinum Edition and Diamond Edition home video releases of Disney classics like Beauty and the Beast, Bambi, Peter Pan, and Sleeping Beauty. This statement certainly makes it clear that Disney’s classics won’t be leaving Disney Plus — but it doesn’t say anything about the service’s hundreds of other movies.
And there are films that are already set to leave Disney Plus. According to a report from Bloomberg, a few of the service’s biggest titles, like Black Panther, are currently set to lapse back to Netflix in 2026, where they were before Disney Plus launched. On top of that, a few enterprising Disney Plus users noticed that other films had hidden expiration dates, which could indicate the end of certain contracts and licensing deals, even though Disney owns all of the titles on Disney Plus.
Black Panther, set to leave Disney Plus in 2026. Image: Marvel Studios
Perhaps the most direct statement on the idea of titles leaving came from Disney CEO Bob Iger himself. In March 2019, Iger said that soon after launch, Disney Plus would “house the entire Disney motion picture library.” But he clarified that he was talking about “the movies that you speak of that traditionally have been kept in the ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years.”
These comments leave a slight loophole to explain some of the missing movies. In a later presentation in April, Disney also specified that the catalog rollout would take time. During the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, CNET reported Iger as saying that Disney Plus subscribers would be able to download their favorite movies, when talking about movies that could potentially leave the platform due to the Netflix deal.
According to the CNET report, Iger said, “By and large, almost all of it is there … And if you’re a subscriber, you can download it and put it on a device, and it will stay on the device as long as you continue to subscribe.” In a later statement to The Verge, a Disney Plus representative clarified that downloaded content would only stay on viewers’ devices as long as that content was available on Disney Plus — which means that the company was always planning for some titles to leave the service.
This isn’t the first time movies have quietly been removed from Disney Plus. In 2019, movies like The Shaggy Dog and Garfield 2: A Tail of Two Kitties were also removed. But while these few titles have left the service, and possibly more that have gone unnoticed, Disney has also been adding to the Disney Plus library.
For now, it seems that the complications of licensing deals and streaming rights mean that the selection of movies and shows on Disney Plus, both in the U.S. and in other countries, could remain in flux for the next several years.
Movies are already disappearing from Disney+
Disney+ just launched in November, but some movies are already disappearing from the service, as reported by Polygon. For example, the three Home Alone movies were available when Disney+ launched, but the first Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York were removed from Disney+ yesterday, the first day of the new year.
Movies going away from Disney+ kind of goes against the idea you might’ve had that it would be the place you could find everything Disney-related forevermore. (And you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that — in November, Disney did tell Comicbook that it, unlike some other services, wouldn’t have a “rotating slate” of licensed movies each month.) But that doesn’t exactly appear to be true, given that some movies have already been removed from the service, less than two months after launch.
Why? My colleague Julia Alexander confirmed with Disney that these removals are due to issues with legacy licensing deals:
Great story from Polygon. Can confirm that a small handful of Disney movies are running into issues with various legacy deals, and that’s why they’re being removed. Those movies will rejoin Disney+ permanently once licenses expire with their respective parties. https://t.co/BG1w2ZPmyz
— Julia Alexander (@loudmouthjulia) January 2, 2020
The removals also came as something of a surprise, since Disney didn’t say that they would be leaving the service before pulling them. Content coming and going from streaming services is a reality most consumers are used to at this point, but other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu will at least announce what content is coming and going from their services on a monthly basis.
It’s unclear when Home Alone, Home Alone 2, or any of the movies that have already been removed may return to the service, although Disney says it’ll happen at some point. And other movies may also disappear from Disney+ in the future, as Bloomberg reported there’s a chance that huge Disney movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Coco, among other late-decade titles, will return to Netflix starting “around 2026.” That suggests they wouldn’t be available on Disney+ that year — if Disney and Netflix’s current deal stands. But there’s always a chance the company could make a new deal with Netflix — like when it cut a new deal with Starz to get Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Disney+ at launch.
What this all means for the future is that Disney+ probably won’t ever have every Disney-owned movie at any one given time, and you can’t necessarily expect anything added to the service to stay forever. Until new and different deals are inked (if they ever are), if you see a movie you want to watch on Disney+, you might want to watch it as soon as you can.