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Poll: Most justifiable reason for a remake

Which of these is the most justifiable reason for remaking a movie?

Note 1: Please see the comments after each film and vote for a reason listed there. Do not vote for your favorite film on the list.

Note 2: With the exception of the last three films on this list (chosen just for their titles), all movies here are remakes and are examples of the reason that follows.

Discuss here:

Make Your Choice

  1. Vote!

    Psycho (1998)

    Because the original movie was in black and white.
  2. Vote!

    Ben-Hur (1959)

    Because the original movie was made during the silent era.
  3. Vote!

    Three Men and a Baby (1987)

    Because the original film was in another language.
  4. Vote!

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

    Because the writer/director has a new interpretation/vision of a classic story or work of literature.
  5. Vote!

    The Thing (1982)

    Because modern special effects can better tell the story.
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    My Fair Lady (1964)

    Because a classic drama film is being remade as a musical (or vice versa).
  7. Vote!

    Doctor Dolittle (1998)

    Because the original setting in the past is being replaced with a modern setting.
  8. Vote!

    The Magnificent Seven (1960)

    Because the new film changes the cultural and historical setting of the original. (Thanks to Dan_dassow)
  9. Vote!

    The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    Because the original was a modest, low budget attempt to tell the story (and the remake can spend the money to do it correctly). )Thanks to Dan_dassow)
  10. Vote!

    The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

    "A director feels that more experience behind the camera, a larger budget, improvements in technology, etc. can lead to a superior version of one of "his own" previous films. (Thanks to Sheetsadam1)
  11. Vote!

    Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)

    Because the remake is more historically or scientifically accurate. (Thanks to Cocoken)
  12. Vote!

    Cruel Intentions (1999)

    To help a new generation know a classic film/classic story by making it with modern, currently popular actors. (Thanks to Sarizonana)
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    Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947)

    Because no more copies of the original film exist (it is a "lost" film). (Thanks to MrsElleryQueen1976)
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    Ocean's Eleven (2001)

    Because the original film had a good premise, but was not a very good movie (thanks to Yrnej).
  15. Vote!

    Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

    Because a new filming of a classic movie will potentially make the studio, the director, and the star lots of money.
  16. Vote!

    Multiplicity (1996)

    I could vote for several of these options as there is more than one good reason to remake a film (though I equally dislike many of the reasons for remaking movies).
  17. Vote!

    No, No, Nanette (1940)

    There is not a good, viable reason for ever remaking a movie.
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    Love Actually (2003)

    I love all remakes (because who really wants to watch old, dead actors that are not hot anymore or silent movies or films that are not in color or movies without rocking soundtracks or really great special effects?).

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