Remake, reboot, reimagining, call it what you want but it's a word that lots of fans hate the sound of.
Now every year lots of film rumours go round about films being redone, sometimes I feel that these 'leaked' stories are studios testing the waters before they do anything.
Usually a-lot of these remakes receive a huge backlash from fans (and rightfully so). There has been lots of films that have announced plans for remakes that fortunately never happened, here's a list of a few of those:
|An American Werewolf In London|
In 2007 it was announced that Vampire film "Near Dark" was to be remade with Samuel Bayer set to direct, it went as far as casting call being arranged and scripts had been written. Then "Twilight" was released and the studio got cold feet about it being too similar. Funnily enough a blu-ray was released with brand new cover art that was very similar to "Twilight", causing many fans of the original to boycott it out of principal.
In 2007 Dimension Films and the Weinstein Company wanted to remake "Scanners" with Darren Lynn Bousman directing with David S. Goyer signed on to write the script. A release date was even penciled in for October 17, 2008, then nothing, nothing ever happened with no explanation. Latest news on this was it was being remade into a tv-series with Alexandre Aja to executive produce and possibly direct the pilot episode but that seems to have been shelved.
In 2009 Alex Winter announced he wanted to do a 3D remake of "The Gate" and wanted to have H.R. Giger to design the monsters. Shooting was scheduled for 2010 but never happened and interest eventually dipped and Alex Winter moved on to other projects, nothing else has been made of it since.
|The Monster Squad|
In 2010 Rob Cohen stated he wanted to remake "The Monster Squad" with Paramount and Platinum Dunes wanting to produce the film. James Gunn’s brother and cousin, Brian and Mark, wrote what Cohen described as a “great script" but stated that Paramount went cold on the project and it's never gained interest.
In 2009 rumours started circulating of a remake of "The Brood" with a script by Cory Goodman and to be directed by Breck Eisner. For unknown reasons Eisner ended up leaving the project a little under a year after it was announced and since then nothing more has been reported on the project.