Some tales are timeless. Some stories get better as they are repeated. As long as they are told in a good manner, in a better way than the last one was, repetition of stories is hardly a problematic matter. There are movies like ‘A Star is Born’ that never lose their lustre. There are some stories that are so important that they need to be told time and again because the world needs them. And then, there are some stories that had amazing potential but the storyteller was rather lousy at their job! Hence, it becomes all the more important to re-tell these stories, in the right manner, the way they deserve to be told.
12. Jacob’s Ladder (February 1, 2019)
In 1990, Tim Robbins starred in a psychological horror about a man who returns from the Vietnam War and gradually begins to lose his sanity in the aftermath. His hallucinations become more vivid and bizarre as the time passes and he begins to distrust the ones closest to him. The film takes a bizarre turn by the end, which is quite difficult to explain. When it was released, the film wasn’t appreciated as much. It had a modest box office performance and though it received some critical praise, the audience had pretty much discarded it. Over time, it gained a cult status and its popularity prodded the filmmakers to make it again.
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11. What Men Want (February 8, 2019)
As is often stated, men and women come from different planets. None of them understands each other, and they often wonder what is going in the mind of the other party. In 2001, Mel Gibson starred in a film called ‘What Women Want’. The film tells the story of a man who, one day, out of the blue, develops the ability to hear what is going on in the minds of the women around him. The upcoming ‘What Men Want’ explores the same idea but from the perspective of the different gender. Taraji P. Henson (known for films like ‘Hidden Figures’) will play the role of a woman trying to succeed in a man’s world. When she gets the ability to get into the minds of men, she decides to use it to further her career ambitions.
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10. Pet Sematary (April 4, 2019)
No one can tell a horror story the way Stephen King tells them. This is why his novels are a popular source for the adaptations into films. ‘Pet Sematary’ is one of his most famous stories, and perhaps, one of the scariest ones as well. It was adapted into a film in 1989 where King played a cameo. Netflix has recently been taking over the horror genre by making great TV shows and movies (the most recent being the adaptation of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’). They greenlit a project for the second adaptation of King’s novel, and in a few months, we’ll have our film. Jason Clarke and John Lithgow will star in the leading roles.
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9. Hellboy (April 12, 2019)
‘Hellboy’ was a series of comics published by the Dark Horse Comics. In 2004, acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro adapted it on screen with Ron Perlman playing the role of the half-demon. The remake of this film will be directed by Neil Marshall who is known for directing the episodes ‘Blackwater’ and ‘Watchers on the Wall’ of ‘Game of Thrones’. David Harbour, who has most recently appeared as the fan-favourite character of Jim Hopper in Netflix’s popular series ‘Stranger Things’, will appear in the leading role. Said to be more dramatic, and dark themed than its predecessor, ‘Hellboy’ will also star Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and Sasha Lane in important roles.
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8. Aladdin (May 24, 2019)
There have been several versions of Aladdin made in the past. Some great, while others not so much. This version looks promising because Guy Ritchie is directing it with Disney’s backing. Mena Massoud is starring as the titular character along with Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. The film is an adaptation of the famous folklore stories from the “The Arabian Nights,” which centres on the battle of Alladin against the sorcerer named Zafar with the help of his trusted aid “Genie.” The screenplay of the film is written by John August, Guy Ritchie and Vanessa Taylor. Walt Disney Pictures, Rideback and Marc Platt Productions are producing this upcoming fantasy with Disney distributing the movie worldwide.
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7. Child’s Play (June 21, 2019)
‘Child’s Play’ was a 1998 film which told the story of a murderous toy, or rather a toy which is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer, who spreads blood and mayhem wherever it goes. The toy’s name was Chucky and the initial films in its series were successful in scaring the audience. However, with the succeeding parts, the series took a ridiculous turn and by the time it met its end, no one was taking Chucky seriously anymore. It was time to remind people of the damage that a vengeful doll can wreak, and so, we have a remake.
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6. The Lion King (July 19, 2019)
‘The Lion King’ is one of the most impactful animated films we had seen in our childhood. The story of a young Simba idolizing his perfect father and then losing him to the backstabbing of his devious uncle was classic ‘Hamlet’, but with the touch of Disney. The 1994 film became an instant classic and its catchphrases like ‘Hakuna Matata’ became very popular. After the success of ‘The Jungle Book’, Disney call upon Jon Favreau to direct the live-action remake of this film, and considering what an excellent job he did with Mowgli’s story, there is no doubt that his adaptation will do justice to the original.
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5. The Addams Family (October 18, 2019)
Every family is unique. Most are dysfunctional in one way or another, while only a few can be called normal. And then there are some that are outright weird! ‘The Addams Family’ is certainly one of those. Although a normal family in basic terms, the appearance and the aura of the Addams set them apart from the rest of the world. The most interesting of them all is the matriarch of the family, Morticia. Her dark humour, sharp sarcasm (more like scarcasm) and witty one-liners make her the best character in the family. A live-action film was made years ago which was quite loved by the audience. Now, an animated remake is set to premiere next year.
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4. Charlie’s Angels (November 1, 2019)
‘Charlie’s Angels’ began as a television franchise, which was then adapted into two films that featured Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu playing the role of the titular trio. The films met with success however, they weren’t continued due to various reasons, most prominent, perhaps, is the lack of proper content. The story had potential nonetheless and now, it will be tapped in again with the new film. Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska have been cast as Angels. Elizabeth Banks will direct the film. She is also the producer and co-writer for the film.
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2. Terminator 6 (November 1, 2019)
‘Terminator’ is one of the best movies in the action sci-fi genre. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be remembered for the role of the assassin robot from the future. His portrayal has been so iconic that not once has he been replaced, and has appeared in all the instalments in one way or another. The story of John Connor has taken sharp turns over the years, and the series entered a reboot stage with ‘Terminator: Genisys’ trying to introduce new concepts and new tech to its audience. However, these efforts weren’t so successful, and the next film in the series is supposed to rectify that. It will discard all the films after the second part and present a reboot of the series while serving as the sequel to the second part.
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1. Little Women (December 25, 2019)
Over the years, Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel of the same name has acted as an inspiration for several stories, having been officially adapted onscreen seven times. The eight adaptation comes in the form a Greta Gerwig film. Gerwig has already proved her mettle as a director with her first film, 2017’s ‘Lady Bird’, which was both a critical and commercial success. This gives rise to massive anticipation regarding her second film. She has already hinted that she will be tinkering with the storytelling format and that the film will focus more on the themes of the story. This makes it all the more important for us to watch this film! Add to that the names of actors like Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Bob Odenkirk and Meryl Streep!
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