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'80s remakes rundown: From 'A-Team' to 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'



The official "Year of the '80s Remake" is now fully underway. In April alone, we get two biggies: Clash of the Titans and A Nightmare on Elm Street. In June comes The A-Team and The Karate Kid. The fall and winter brings us Red Dawn and Tron Legacy.

Having a hard time keeping score on remakes, sequels and reboots? Here's an alphabetical list of every movie or TV project involving an '80s classic that I could find. And feel free to follow along daily, as I list each new projects on the Stuck in the '80s blog.

Much of the "status" reports are based on last-reported intelligence and are subject to change. And it's probably safe to say that half of these will never make it to a theater or home audience.

Mission accomplished. Set for June 11 release.
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Jessica Biel, Patrick Wilson, Sharlto Copley, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson
THE BUZZ: It's Bradley Cooper's first big movie since he broke out in The Hangover. But everyone wants to know how Quinton Jackson will handle Mr. T's role as Sgt. Bosco 'B.A.' Baracus.

Still in the first trimester, it's tentative title is The Sitter.
STARRING: Jonah Hill is rumored to take over the lead from Elisabeth Shue.
THE BUZZ: Technically this is more of an homage to the 1987 movie. "The irreverent comedy  ... follows a college student, suspended for the semester and living at home with his single mom, who has a night to remember when he gets talked into baby-sitting the eccentric kids next door: two boys and a wild 8-year-old girl," THR reports.

Russellbrand_l ARTHUR
Brewing. Jason Winer, creator and writer of TV's new hit Modern Family, will helm the project, according to the Playlist blog.
STARRING: Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bedtime Stories) will take Dudley Moore's role as the drink-swilling playboy. Meryl Streep is rumored to be the first choice to play the role of the butler.
THE BUZZ: Is there such a thing as a bad Meryl Streep movie?

Technically a "prequel" to the 1979 movie, it's still in the planning stages, but director Ridley Scott is attached to the project.
STARRING: No names attached yet.
THE BUZZ: Hey, it's going to be in 3-D! How bad can it be?

The script is done and has reported made its round through Hollywood.
STARRING: No names. Obviously it'd work best if Matthew Broderick and Co. returned.
THE BUZZ: There were reports that Hollywood wanted to do a straight remake rather than a sequel. No way '80s fans will like that idea. But the sequel script, which I've read, is amazingly clever. I'd like someone to take a chance on it.

05_beverly_hills_cop_i_303_404_paramount_pictures BEVERLY HILLS COP 4
"Don't think we're gonna fall for the banana in the tailpipe!" Tentatively set for a 2012 release.
STARRING: Eddie Murphy obviously would have to be on board.
THE BUZZ: Rumor has it that Harold Faltermeyer's award-winning theme song will return for the sequel, but it will get an updated feel. Good or bad? We'll find out.

STATUS: reports that Warner Bros. has hired a team to write a new script.
STARRING: The two stars of the 1985 film, Richard Pryor and John Candy, have left us. So this version would have to start fresh.
THE BUZZ: The '80s version, about a minor league baseball player who stands to inherit millions of dollars from a rich relative he'd never met, wasn't a smash hit. So this version doesn't have a tall legacy to live up to.

"Find and fulfill your destiny!" An April 2 release means this one is up next!
STARRING: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
THE BUZZ: The 1981 version had big name actors and campy technology, but that was part of the charm. It'll be interesting to see if cutting edge filmmaking improves or diminishes the Greek tale.

Marcus Nispel, who helmed the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th, is set to direct this remake, which is scheduled for a 2011 release.
STARRING: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Rose McGowan
THE BUZZ: Jason Momoa as Conan?!? The lack of any big names doesn't help.

The remake was announced via a tweet from Production Weekly back in August 2009. And tweets are never wrong, are they?
STARRING: Who in their right mind wants to stand in for the late Patrick Swayze?
THE BUZZ: The film could be more of adaptation of the successful stage version than the 1987 movie.

Dune4a DUNE
"Father, the sleeper has awakened!" Director Pierre Morel (District 13, Taken) is now on board. Look for the remake in 2012.
STARRING: Nobody attached yet. Just bring back Sting in his diaper outfit.
THE BUZZ: Dune fans are very loyal to Frank Herbert's 1965 novel. Morel has promised he'll be loyal to it too. Good move, Pierre.

Virginia Madsen, who co-starred in the original flick, has the remake project on the slate of her new production company, Title IX Productions.
STARRING: Nobody attached.
THE BUZZ: Few people remember the original, except for the happy theme song by The Human League. And the story of a computer who helps its owner find true love? Well, that's as timeless as Romeo and Juliet, right?

New Line Cinema has hired Allan Loeb, who rewrote the Wall Street sequel, to pen the new version of the 1981 classic. It tentatively has a 2011 release date.
STARRING: No word yet. But please bring back Kurt Russell!
THE BUZZ: New York magazine says much of the plot and characters will mirror the original movie, mainly because the contract with John Carpenter requires that. Only this time, the film happens after the "detonation of a crude radioactive dirty bomb on the outskirts of the city," rather than WWIII.

Bryan Singer was originally talking about producing and director of the 1981 movie. Now Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is interested in it.
STARRING: Nobody attached.
THE BUZZ: The tale of Arthur of Camelot never seems to grow old. Singer and Ritchie would have very different takes on it.

Perhaps Hollywood's most revered remake project, it's been in and of the hands of directors and actors for the last decade. Last we heard, Zach Braff dropped out from playing the role made famous by Chevy Chase.
STARRING: Nobody for more than two minutes.
THE BUZZ: The material is there, but nobody wants to tackle it. Entertainment Weekly once attributed all the failures to "The Fletch Curse."

First blood FIRST BLOOD
Rambo V: The Savage Hunt has Sylvester Stallone starring, writing and directing the sequel, set for a 2011 release.
STARRING: Julie Benz and Mickey Rourke are rumored to be co-stars.
THE BUZZ: People seemed to enjoy the 2008 sequel, and Stallone knows how to milk a storyline over and over again. ("Yo, Adrian!")

The remake of the stage version of Footloose is reportedly complete, but Paramount Pictures has taken the movie off its release schedule.
STARRING: Chace Crawford and Julianne Hough
THE BUZZ: The movie took a hit when Zac Efron dropped out of the lead role that made Kevin Bacon a star in the '80s. Let's hear for the boy that killed this bad idea!

David Cronenberg wants to remake his 1986 film, itself a remake of the 1958 film.
STARRING: Nicolas Cage reportedly wants the lead role.
THE BUZZ: Cronenberg staged an opera version of The Fly in Paris and L.A.? No, that's not creepy at all.

Frightnight FRIGHT NIGHT
Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl) is officially on board to remake the 1985 horror flick; Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men) will handle the writing.
STARRING: Nobody attached.
THE BUZZ: Fans of the original seem psyched for a reimagination of this classic, especially in the hands of Noxon, whose Buffy work is revered.

Is Ivan Reitman (the brains behind the first two films) on or off the project? Though he agreed to direct, rumor has it that Columbia Pictures now wants a new vision - and new director. The movie was tentatively set to film this year with a 2011 release.
STARRING: Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis have agreed to return in some capacity, but they reportedly have veto power (along with Reitman) if things go in the wrong direction.
THE BUZZ: Few remakes or sequels have the buzz power of Ghostbusters 3, but with the squabbling over who'll direct, this one might not get off the ground.

Directors Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg once were confirmed to have been working on ideas, with the kids of the original characters returning for a new adventure.
STARRING: No Chunk, no Mouth, no Data, no Sloth.
THE BUZZ: Columbus later went on the record saying a sequel or remake was "just wishful thinking."

STATUS: says the search is on for big-name stars to play the roles of schoolteacher/superhero Ralph Hinkley, FBI agent Bill Maxwell and lawyer Pam Davidson.
STARRING: The three original stars (William Katt, Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca) probably would have made cameo appearances. But it's hard to say how Culp's recent death will affect things.
THE BUZZ: This '80s TV show has long been rumored for big-screen treatment. With each passing year, you start to wonder if it's just not meant to be.

Heathers_l HEATHERS
Star Winona Ryder is always spreading rumors that a sequel is on the way.
STARRING: Ryder and Christian Slater are both around and could use the work.
THE BUZZ: It's maybe the most beloved dark comedy of the late '80s (by females at least). And yet no deal has been announced. Maybe it's time to get motoring on and find another idea.

George Lucas reportedly is working on the script for the fifth movie, which is tentatively set for a 2012 release.
STARRING: Harrison Ford has agreed to return.
THE BUZZ: The fourth one wasn't very good, so I can't imagine fans are losing sleep over Indy's return, unless it's to finally go out on a high note.

Kungfukidstars THE KARATE KID
Set for June 11 release.
STARRING: Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan take over for Ralph Macchio and the late Pat Morita.
THE BUZZ: Smith on ShoWest's Breakthrough Male Star of the Year Award in March. That's a good sign. But The Karate Kid's charm always rested with the chemistry of Macchio and Morita. Can that be recreated?

According to Craig Safan, who composed the music for the 1984 film, a script has been written for a sequel and storyboarded.
STARRING: Nobody attached, but it'd be nice to see Lance Guest and Catherine Mary Stewart together again.
THE BUZZ: Fans seem in favor of seeing what happened to Alex Rogan and the Star League 25 years later. I just wonder if there's enough juice to get a green light from a studio.

Technically there are two movie versions in play for the '80s TV show. One would be a spoof titled MacGruber. But the people behind that idea face a lawsuit from another group in Hollywood that wants to make a straight-up, serious film version. MacGruber is set for a May 21 release.
STARRING: Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Kristen Wiig
BUZZ: MacGruber is a movie version of a Saturday Night Live skit. That gives it about a 70 percent chance of being a total stinker.

A remake of the 1984 Chuck Norris classic reportedly is headed straight to DVD.
STARRING: We seriously doubt Chuck's on board.
BUZZ: Rumor has it the story would be set in the Middle East instead of Vietnam. That's good. Also rumored is that World Wrestling Entertainment is a financial partner. Bad idea!

Paramount Pictures is remaking the 1987 film The Monster Squad. Rob Cohen, who produced the original, hopes to direct the remake, according to Deadline New York.
STARRING: Nobody attached
THE BUZZ: It might be worth it just to hear this line again: "The Wolfman has nards?"

Moonlighting1 MOONLIGHTING
It could be only as a television movie. That still counts, doesn't it?
STARRING: Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd reportedly love the idea of a reunion.
THE BUZZ: Word has it that Willis and Shepherd would insist that Moonlighting creator Glenn Gordon Caron be in charge.

This nightmare is fully engaged. Its set for an April 30 release.
Jackie Earle Haley takes over as Freddy Krueger
Fantastic trailers, an online game, great casting. It has "sure hit" written all over hi.

William Smith is producing, and a script is in the works.
STARRING: Jennifer Lopez and Katherine Heigl are both said to want the lead role, about an heiress who loses her memory in a boating accident.
The 1987 version was a simple story but it worked because nobody could possibly hate Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. As for J-Lo, well...

One blog says the remake of 1982 horror flick is now set for Thanksgiving 2010 release.
STARRING: No names yet.
THE BUZZ: Vadim Perelman is on board to direct, but with no cast, a 2010 release date seems unworldly.

Red dawn RED DAWN
Just around the corner, with a Nov. 24 release.
STARRING: Chris Hemsworth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Josh Peck, Brett Cullen
THE BUZZ: A no-name cast doesn't help. Of course, the 1984 original made stars of Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Lea Thompson. But will movie-goers buy tickets to a movie about the Cold War today?

Once a done, now it's on hold because the studio and filmmaker can't agree whether it should be in 3-D.
STARRING: No names yet.
THE BUZZ: Blame James Cameron and Avatar for this stoppage? Sure, why not.

Robert Luketic (The Ugly Truth) is the favorite to direct. A script has been finished, but is out for rewrites.
STARRING: No names yet.
THE BUZZ: If they were going to remake a movie starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, why not pick The War of the Roses instead?

ABC announced plans to turn the Brat Pack movie into a TV series back in August, but we haven't heard a peep since.
STARRING: No names yet.
THE BUZZ: A show about close friends handling life's pressures after college. Didn't they already do this? It was called Friends.

Author Stephen King started floating this sequel idea while on a book tour for Under The Dome.
STARRING: No names yet.
THE BUZZ: King says the story would following Danny Torrance from The Shining. It'd be called Doctor Sleep.

David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Snow Angels) is eyeing the movie for a remake, says the Hollywood Reporter.
STARRING: Well, thanks to endless plastic surgery, Kenny Rogers almost looks the same some 28 years after the original.
THE BUZZ: A movie about NASCAR. Hmmm, racing and vampires are can't-misses these days.

The '80s television cop show template T.J. Hooker was green-lighted for a big-screen remake back in July, with a 2011 release date.
STARRING: No names yet.
THE BUZZ: Sure, why not. Every other cops TV show -- SWAT, Starsky and Hutch, The Mod Squad -- has made the transition. But please use William Shatner, Adrian Zmed and Heather Locklear somewhere in the film.

Teen-wolf TEEN WOLF
MTV has decided to turn the Michael J. Fox movie into a TV show. Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) is set to direct. Last we read, it was set to start in 2010.
STARRING: Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed and Dylan O'Brien
THE BUZZ: Werewolves are big with teens, but don't be shocked if this one goes straight to DVD.

A script is in the works for Three Men and a Bride. No word on a release date.
STARRING: Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and Steve Guttenberg
THE BUZZ: What's next? Three Retirement Home Friends and a Concerned Daughter?

Dec. 17 is the big day for this sequel to the once-trendsetting 1982 sci-fi classic. This is easily the most anticipated '80s sequel since the Star Wars prequels.
STARRING: Michael Sheen, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, John Hurt
THE BUZZ: That's not a buzz you're hearing. It's a roar thanks to the unmatchable Disney marketing machine. Even more so since Jeff Bridges won an Oscar this year.

It's been two years since MGM announced plans to remake the Nic Cage-Deborah Foreman classic as a musical. Like, gag me with a spoon!
STARRING: Nobody yet.
THE BUZZ: Since the musical version of Footloose got canned, it's not a stretch to think MGM has shelved this idea too.

Oscar-winner Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, but Fox has bumped the release date from April 23 to Sept. 24
STARRING: Michael Douglas, Carey Mulligan, Shia LaBeouf
THE BUZZ: The bump in release date is making people think the final movie needs some serious tweaking. And LaBeouf's star already has some rust on it after less-than-stellar work in the last Indiana Jones and Transformers movies. Also, Charlie Sheen is listed on the cast now. Interesting.

Robert Zemeckis, who directed the 1988 flick, told MTV News that he finally has commissioned a script, to be penned by Roger Rabbit's original writers Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman.
STARRING: An army of cartoon animals presumably, with human voices yet to be cast.
THE BUZZ: It's been a long time since any news surfaced on this project. On, it's designed as "in development."

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