Anyone else feel all these franchise reboots are getting out of hand? Have to say I’m getting tired of seeing recent films remade less than 10 years – heck some even 5 years – after their last release! Hollywood should take a lesson from the James Bond franchise. Even though Bond’s have changed, the story has never “rebooted” (okay Casino Royale doesn’t count since it was never in the normal film series before it was remade with Daniel Craig). New cast does not have to mean the story has to start over – look at Doctor Who! – just give us new stories.
Here are the latest batch of reboots in the works I’ve heard of – and sure there are more I’m missing!
The Fantastic Four. The last film in the series, Rise of The Silver Surfer, was released in 2007 and a reboot is now set for March 6, 2015.
Superman. How many times is the Man of Steel going to be rebooted anyway? Henry Cavill plays him this time (as seen on a French magazine cover above). Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. General Zod (Michael Shannon) is the villain yet again and his classic suit seems to be getting the latex/Spiderman treatment. June 14, 2013 is the release date of this one.
Batman. Yet another reboot of this one is being planned – yawn! How many times are they going to give us origin stories? There are some rumors that this is changing into a Justice League/Batman Beyond story instead of yet another reboot itself which could be more interesting.
Daredevil. This new version will adapt Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Born Again” storyline, which ran in Daredevil #227-233 in 1986. The storyline involves an intense personal attack on Matt Murdock’s friends and family after Kingpin finds out his secret identity.
Jumanji. The comedy from 1995 that starred Robin Williams with a board game that became real is being remade sometime in 2013. At least this is a slightly older movie to remake, but still have to wonder…why?
Starship Troopers. The 1997 movie apparently wasn’t futuristic enough for screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz who are working on this reboot.
Maybe Hollywood needs to to find new writers with original ideas (wow! what a concept, huh?)