9 Successful Movie Remakes
With time, the way movies are shot evolves as well. Technology makes it possible for movies to be shot in a way that couldn’t be achieved a few decades back. This also makes a strong case for movies to be remade. Some scripts have captured the imagination of audiences and their remakes can often help take it to a new generation of viewers who might be equally enthralled. Besides, different directors with different tools and the latest technology can give a brand new touch to the movies. Here are some of the best remakes across languages and continents.
This is considered by some as one of the best movie remakes of all time. The remake of the 1932 film of the same name starred Al Pacino in the lead and was directed by Brian De Palma. The movie is about a Cuban immigrant who climbs the hierarchy ladder at a drug cartel, only to be eventually overwhelmed by his own greed. The movie is rated highly not just by Pacino fans but also by the average moviegoers.
2. The Thomas Crown Affair
A story of a rich playboy, who entertains himself by pilfering reputed artwork from famous museums, The Thomas Crown Affair released in 1999 as a remake of the 1968 version. It starred Pierce Brosnan of the James Bond fame, paired opposite Rene Russo and was directed by John McTiernan. Interestingly, it is one of those movies not as critically acclaimed as its predecessors, leaving much to be desired.
This is a 2002 English remake of a Norwegian movie by the same name released in 1997. The remake had some big names. It had Al Pacino and Robin Williams playing the main characters. The movie was directed by Christopher Nolan, who is one of the youngest superstar directors in Hollywood with movies like the Dark Knight Trilogy already under his belt. It is a dark tale of a homicide detective who has his own past and an insomniac bout to deal with while investigating the murder of a local teen.
4. The Magnificent Seven
This is a cross cultural remake where John Sturges took the Akiro Kurasawa masterpiece and adapted it for a different backdrop. Starring Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner amongst a host of other actors, the movie tells the story of 7 gunfighters who help a peasant village in Mexico defend their homes and reaps against bandits.
5. Casino Royale
This is one of those remakes which were far more critically acclaimed than its original version. Starring Daniel Craig, the movie was directed by Martin Campbell and a far cry from the 1967 version with David Niven and Peter Sellers. Noted for its high production quality, and a tougher, rawer Bond in the form of Craig, the movie follows 007 as he is out to thwart the efforts of a weapons dealer who plans to win a high stakes poker game at Casino Royale.
6. King Kong
Peter Jackson of the Lord of the Rings fame, the multiple Oscar winning director of the great trilogy, took up this project and did a lot of justice to it. The remake was released in 2005 and has received a positive feedback. It stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody along with Jack Black and Oscar nominee Naomi Watts. The original was released in 1933. The movie is about a giant ape which takes a liking to the leading lady of a movie, when the crew shoots in an exotic island.
7. 3:10 to Yuma
Although, shot with equal beauty, skill and technique, the remake would win brownie points for its starcast. Released in 2007 and directed by James Mangold, the movie pitted two Hollywood heavyweights, Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, both Oscar winners. Russell Crowe was splendid in the role of a wanted outlaw while Bale did a terrific job as a rancher who is trying to live up to the image his son holds of him. The 1957 Western starring Glen Ford and Van Heflin was popular in its time and was nominated for a BAFTA.
8. True Grit
This is another of the cowboy westerns that received critical success, bringing awards for the directors Ethan and Joel Coen for their 2010 remake. Revolving around a hard-nosed US Marshal who eventually helps a young woman track her father’s murderer after seeing her grit and determination, the remake of the John Wayne 1969 starrer, had Oscar winner Jeff Bridges portraying a wonderfully chalked role.
9. Italian Job
The ultimate heist story, that pits two gangs against each other, after part of the team is betrayed by the other, Italian Job released in 2003 was the remake of the Caine starrer 1969 version. Though not as critically acclaimed as the original, the remake was stylish and boasted of an excellent starcast that included Charlize Theron, Edward Norton and Mark Wahlberg.