25 Fictional Remakes by Other Directors

by Breumaster | created - 11 Jun 2019 | updated - 05 Aug 2019 | Public

I guess there is no movie dude or dudette who never thought: "This movie should be remade." If there would be a new remake of one of these titles, a new director would have to be chosen. The director can be chosen for different reasons, e.g. showing a new view on the story. Which of these fictional remakes would you most like to be made? Please pick your favorite remake by also considering the mentioned titles of the filmographies and the targeted benefit of it. Free your mind here.

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1. Brainstorm (1983)

PG | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

57 Metascore

Researchers develop a system where they can jump into people's minds. But when people involved bring their personal problems into the equation, it becomes dangerous - perhaps deadly.

Director: Douglas Trumbull | Stars: Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson

Votes: 10,752 | Gross: $8.90M

Director: Douglas Trumbull Wish: Christopher Nolan Former titles: Inception (2010), The Prestige (2006), Interstellar (2014) Benefit: Showing the thought recording theory in a top realistic science fiction style

2. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 308,082 | Gross: $198.54M

Director: Michael Bay Wish: Kathryn Bigelow Former titles: K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), The Hurt Locker (2008) Benefit: Bringing more suspense and political and/or strategic background to the story

3. Project X (2012)

R | 88 min | Comedy

48 Metascore

3 high school seniors throw a birthday party to make a name for themselves. As the night progresses, things spiral out of control as word of the party spreads.

Director: Nima Nourizadeh | Stars: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame

Votes: 186,826 | Gross: $54.73M

Director: Nima Nourizadeh Wish: Gaspar Noé Former titles: Enter the Void (2009), Irréversible (2002), Climax (2018) Benefit: Showing real life party exhaustion and the real consequences of excessive sex, drugs and dancing in a big, Facebook-organized party

4. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 45,201 | Gross: $33.09M

Director: Rod Daniel Wish: Robert Zemeckis Former titles: Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Forrest Gump (1994) Benefit: Bringing the main character's issues to the top by showing more character details and also serious emotions losing the comedy aspect

5. Lady in the Water (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

36 Metascore

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban

Votes: 94,087 | Gross: $42.29M

Director: M. Night Shyamalan Wish: Guillermo del Toro Former titles: Hellboy (2004), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), El laberinto del fauno (2006), Crimson Peak (2015), The Shape of Water (2017) Benefit: This very special idea of M. Night Shayamalan could grow a little more fantastic while holding the philosophic aspect Suggested by MAthePA

6. Swamp Thing (1982)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess

Votes: 12,885

Director: Wes Craven Wish: Tim Burton Former titles: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Edward Scissorhands (1990) Benefit: More fantastic emotion and stronger visualized characters and character backgrounds in the movie

7. Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, NASA recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler

Votes: 391,477 | Gross: $201.57M

Director: Michael Bay Wish: Darren Aronofsky Former titles: The Fountain (2006), Pi (1998), Noah (2014) Benefit: A more philosophical view on a threatening worlds end, while trying to prevent mankind's extinction

8. Arachnophobia (1990)

PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

67 Metascore

A species of South American killer spider hitches a lift to the U.S. in a coffin and starts to breed and kill.

Director: Frank Marshall | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Julian Sands, John Goodman, Harley Jane Kozak

Votes: 62,353 | Gross: $53.21M

Director: Frank Marshall Wish: Sam Raimi Former titles: Drag Me to Hell (2009), The Evil Dead (1981), Spider-Man (2002) Benefit: Bringing more atmosphere, fun and creepy handmade shudder effects to the audience in a bigger and more evil spider movie

9. Conan the Barbarian (1982)

R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

43 Metascore

A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman

Votes: 135,757 | Gross: $39.57M

Director: John Milius Wish: Peter Jackson Former titles: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Benefit: To give the outstanding & formidable author Robert E. Howard and his great books the credit and realization they deserve (again with Momoa in the title role, because he fits perfectly) Suggested by BlackBolt-3

10. Kull the Conqueror (1997)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A barbarian warrior becomes a king when he defeats a king in armed combat and the king's heir conspire to overthrow him and reclaim the throne by resurrecting an evil sorceress.

Director: John Nicolella | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Tia Carrere, Thomas Ian Griffith, Litefoot

Votes: 7,662 | Gross: $6.09M

Director: John Nicolella Wish: Peter Jackson Former titles: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) Benefit: Same as in option #10 (w/o Jason Momoa) Suggested by BlackBolt-3

11. Merlin (1998 TV Movie)

89 min | Family, Fantasy

The young wizard Merlin must rescue the helpless people from the evil King Vidus and his ruthless high counselor.

Director: David Winning | Stars: Jason Connery, Deborah Moore, Gareth Thomas, Graham McTavish

Votes: 354

Director: David Winning Wish: Kenneth Branagh Former titles: Hamlet (1996), Frankenstein (1994), Thor (2011) Benefit: A thorough approach at this historical legend Suggested by BlackBolt-3

12. The Wraith (1986)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Horror, Romance

39 Metascore

After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director: Mike Marvin | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid

Votes: 14,565 | Gross: $3.50M

Director: Mike Marvin Wish: John McTiernan Former titles: Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990) Benefit: More power packed action and suspense, a better storyline, editing and some better effects Co-suggested by BlackBolt-3

13. The Lone Ranger (2013)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Western

37 Metascore

Native American warrior Tonto recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid, a man of the law, into a legend of justice.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 218,872 | Gross: $89.30M

Director: Gore Verbinski Wish: Quentin Tarantino Former titles: Django Unchained (2012), The Hateful Eight (2015) Benefit: Making an adult story of the good old kiddy stuff by telling it more realistic, with more suspense, depth in the characters, and making a more visual show for mature people in the well known nasty and provoking style Suggested by Dracko

14. Cobra (1986)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

25 Metascore

A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far-reaching plans.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Brigitte Nielsen, Reni Santoni, Andrew Robinson

Votes: 66,574 | Gross: $49.04M

Director: George P. Cosmatos Wish: Denis Villeneuve Former titles: Sicario (2015) Incendies (2010) Benefit: Giving the story a more complex, but also action packed plot for Marion Cobretti

15. Alice in Wonderland (I) (2010)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 378,722 | Gross: $334.19M

Director: Tim Burton Wish: Andrew Adamson Former titles: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Benefit: The story would be more like the book and less bizarre Suggested by NarniaIsAwesome

16. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 13,241 | Gross: $0.55M

Director: Robert Fuest Wish: Tim Burton Former titles: Sleepy Hollow (1999), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Edward Scissorhands (1990) Benefit: Bringing the old story back to life again with a likewise bizarre and more murky style without losing the charm of the old movie Co-suggested by BlackBolt-3

17. Assassin's Creed (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar de Nerha and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, before taking on the secret Templar society.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 182,515 | Gross: $54.65M

Director: Justin Kurzel Wish: Alex Garland Former titles: Annihilation (2018), Ex Machina (2014) Benefit: To create a more gripping science fiction story which is also thought provoking Suggested by NDbportmanfan

18. Daredevil (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime

42 Metascore

A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Director: Mark Steven Johnson | Stars: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan

Votes: 204,910 | Gross: $102.54M

Director: Mark Steven Johnson Wish: Jon Favreau Former titles: Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Jungle Book (2016), Elf (2003) Benefit: To treat Daredevil with the same respect like other Marvel superheroes and make a real dignified movie version Suggested by otter68

19. The Monster Squad (1987)

PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

61 Metascore

A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr

Votes: 27,627 | Gross: $3.77M

Director: Fred Dekker Wish: Brad Peyton Former titles: Rampage (2018), San Andreas (2015), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) Benefit: To modernize the story and show it in new standards, make it more dramatic Suggested by NarniaIsAwesome

20. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama

39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 160,855 | Gross: $34.30M

Director: Oliver Stone Wish: Mel Gibson Former titles: Braveheart (1995), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Apocalypto (2006), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Benefit: Bringing the life and realism into the fights of the epic story, by showing it in the well known hard and brutal style of him, reality of ancient wars (not necessarily historical accurate) Suggested by MAthePA

21. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 114,372 | Gross: $0.09M

Director: George A. Romero Wish: Frank Darabont Former titles: The Mist (2007), Days Gone Bye (2010), The Walking Dead (2010) (Pilot) Benefit: A more realistic story with also big suspense and a homage to George A. Romero Suggested by BlackBolt-3

22. Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.

Director: Robert Longo | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren, Dina Meyer, Ice-T

Votes: 65,465 | Gross: $19.08M

Director: Robert Longo Wish: Robert Rodriguez Former titles: Desperado (1995), Sin City (2005), Planet Terror (2007), Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Benefit: More suspense, romance alongside with realistic martial arts - more like a thriller Suggested by MAthePA

23. Looker (1981)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

20 Metascore

Three of four models, who had plastic surgery done by Larry after a computed list, are dead. Neither the cops nor Larry believe they're suicides. Larry investigates and stays with the fourth model. Who's behind the lists and murders?

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young

Votes: 4,682 | Gross: $3.28M

Director: Michael Crichton Wish: Neill Blomkamp Former titles: District 9 (2009), Elysium (2013), Chappie (2015) Benefit: Better story, better action, better design and lesser plotholes by modified script with more logic Suggested by BlackBolt-3

24. Runaway (I) (1984)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

50 Metascore

In the near future, a police officer specializes in malfunctioning robots. When a robot turns out to have been programmed to kill, he begins to uncover a homicidal plot to create killer robots... and his son becomes a target.

Director: Michael Crichton | Stars: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley

Votes: 11,485 | Gross: $6.77M

Director: Michael Crichton Wish: Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski Former titles: The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003) Benefit: Visualizing the dangers of robots and virtual intelligence better by using newest technology and more logic in the story Co-suggested by BlackBolt-3

25. Jumper (2008)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson

Votes: 283,975 | Gross: $80.17M

Director: Doug Liman Wish: Josh Trank Former Titles: Chronicle (2012) Benefit: A more developed story with deeper characters, who really feel the use without control and excess of powers creating internal problems in the most interesting characters with a philosophical essence Suggested by joesiegel

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