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On big screen, it's back to '80s

Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan step into the lead roles in the remake of The Karate Kid, which will hit theaters on June 11.

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Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan step into the lead roles in the remake of The Karate Kid, which will hit theaters on June 11.

The official "Year of the '80s Remake" is now fully under way. Movie fans sent the reboot of Clash of the Titans to the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office. Later this month, it's A Nightmare on Elm Street's turn to wow fans. June brings us The A-Team and The Karate Kid. We must wait for winter for Red Dawn and Tron Legacy. If you think 2010 is overloaded on remakes, just wait until 2011 and 2012. We've counted more than 30 possible remakes, reboots or sequels of TV shows or movies from the 1980s set for the next two years. Some are pipe dreams, others have scripts and directors ready to start shooting. Here's a quick rundown of some highlights:

Done deals

A Nightmare on Elm Street: Jackie Earle Haley takes over as razor-sharped murderer Freddy Krueger. It's set for an April 30 release.

The A-Team: The big-screen version of the TV show about former soldiers for hire stars Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who steps into Mr. T's most famous role. Set for June 11 release.

The Karate Kid: Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan take over for Ralph Macchio and the late Pat Morita. Set for June 11 release.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps: Oscar winner Michael Douglas returns as greedy Gordon Gekko, but Fox has bumped the release date from April 23 to Sept. 24. (Uh-oh!)

Red Dawn: A no-name cast is set to re­create the tale of middle America suddenly under the heel of the communist menace. Set for a Nov. 24 release.

Tron Legacy: Oscar winner Jeff Bridges reprises his 1982 role as a video game programmer lost again inside a computer. Dec. 17 is the release date.

Bet on it

Indiana Jones 5: George Lucas reportedly is working on the script for the fifth movie, which is tentatively set for a 2012 release.

Beverly Hills Cop 4: Eddie Murphy doesn't say no to sequel ideas, but he could use a good script for a change. Tentatively set for a 2012 release.

Rambo V: The Savage Hunt: This First Blood sequel has Sylvester Stallone starring, writing and directing. Set for a 2011 release.

Looking shaky

Ghostbusters 3: Is Ivan Reitman, the brains behind the first two films, on or off the project? Without him, this one won't meet its planned 2011 release.

Robocop: Crime-ridden Detroit will have to wait on its robotic cop savior because the studio and filmmaker reportedly can't agree whether the movie should be in 3-D.

Wishful thinking

Footloose: It's reportedly completed but Paramount Pictures has taken the movie off its release schedule.

The Goonies: Directors Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg once were said to be working on a new tale about kids on a treasure hunt. Columbus later went on the record saying a sequel or remake was "just wishful thinking."

Steve Spears writes the Stuck in the '80s blog. E-mail him at

On big screen, it's back to '80s 04/06/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:03pm]
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