Evolving technology and revolving generational viewpoints have Hollywood constantly inventing and reinventing themselves. While new movies are produced and released every year, there’s been a large focus on remaking the classics with better graphics or modern slants. This year alone there will be no less than five productions of previously-released movies with varying degrees of prior success. Here’s a look at some of 2018’s Hollywood remakes:
Tomb Raider (Original release in 2001) – This intense action film follows the exploits of Lara Croft as she looks for her father, who has suddenly disappeared under dubious circumstances. The original version of Tomb Raider starred none other than Angelina Jolie in the title role of Lara Croft. It grossed a stout $274 million. The new version was released in March of 2018, starring a relatively unknown Alicia Vikander.
Ocean’s 8 – While not technically a remake, Ocean’s 8 is an add-on film capitalizing on Hollywood’s female movement and the success of the original Ocean’s series that starred A-list actors like George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt. Ocean’s 8 follows the exploits of Debbie Ocean and her band of highly sophisticated thieves who are targeting a diamond necklace worth $150 million. The movie was released in June 2018, a full 11 years after the last predecessor.
A Star is Born (Original Release in 1976) – This romance drama follows a washed-up singer, played by Bradley Cooper, who falls in love with a young singer and sets out to help her build her music career. The 1976 version of A Star is Born starred Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The modern version will feature singer/songwriter Lady Gaga as Cooper’s love interest. It is scheduled for release in October 2018.
Halloween (Original release in 1978) – It has been over 40 years since homicidal maniac Michael Myers terrorized poor Laurie. Now Michael Myers is back to finish what he started. Interestingly, this Halloween remake will include actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who played Laurie in the original and several of the sequels. Watch for its release in October of 2018.
The Crow (Original release in 1994) – This sci-fi horror story revolves around a murdered musician brought back to life by, of all things, a crow. The musician uses the opportunity to avenge his murder, as well as the murder of his wife. The original The Crow starred Brandon Lee, son of Bruce Lee. It was the last movie Brandon would make before his tragic death. The new version is currently in pre-production and is slated for a 2019 release.