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Remaking 1980s movies, TV shows is all the rage in Hollywood

Freddy's return to Elm Street. A new Karate Kid. A big-screen version of The A-Team. What's next? Remaking the campy B-movie Red Dawn?!? (Actually, yes.)

Movies and TV shows from the 1980s are hot Hollywood fodder these days, probably because today's A-list directors and screenwriters grew up during the decade and are borrowing inspiration from their formative years.

Think of these upcoming flicks at the neighborhood multiplex as a real-life Revenge of the Nerds.

Here are just a few '80s remakes and sequels coming soon:

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Sept. 24) Greed is still good 25 years later, according to director Oliver Stone. Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, a just-paroled tycoon who had an ethical bypass at birth.

Red Dawn (Nov. 24) A cast of then-unknown actors (Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey, Patrick Swayze) transformed the 1984 movie — about teenagers defending their town against a Communist invasion — into a cult classic. Can a remake survive even after a Cold War thaw?

Tron: Legacy (Dec. 17) Jeff Bridges, now an Oscar winner, returns as a video game programmer imprisoned inside the computing world. Movie special effects have evolved exponentially since the 1982 film, making this flick the must-see '80s project of the year.

Rambo V: The Savage Hunt (2011) After the success of the 2008 sequel, it was just a matter of time before Sylvester Stallone started writing the next adventure for his crusading Vietnam vet character. Mickey Rourke is rumored to be a co-star.

Arthur (2011) The lovable Russell Brand (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) seems the ideal choice to inherit the late Dudley Moore's signature role as a boozing millionaire who refuses to grow up.

Baywatch (2011) An existing script is being tweaked for a Baywatch big-screen adaptation of the L.A. lifeguard TV series, the Hollywood Reporter says. Somewhere, David Hasselhoff's agent is buying the aging star a new Speedo.

Private Benjamin (2012) Set to take over Goldie Hawn's role as the ditzy Pvt. Judy Benjamin is the young, comedic talent Anna Faris (Brokeback Mountain, Just Friends).

Beverly Hills Cop 4 (2012) Eddie Murphy, who could use a sure hit outside the Shrek empire, reportedly is on board to reprise his role as the wise-cracking Detroit cop Axel Foley on a new trip to the left coast.

Indiana Jones 5 (2012) Harrison Ford and George Lucas are hoping to make a sequel that will make fans forget 2008's dreadful Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Ghostbusters 3 (2012) Hollywood's most talked-about sequel is a "go" or a "goner," depending on whom you ask. (Count co-star Bill Murray as a naysayer.) By the time director Ivan Reitman gets a final script, it might require a seance to pull together the original cast.

Steve Spears hosts the Stuck in the '80s podcast and blog. Read more at or e-mail him at

Remaking 1980s movies, TV shows is all the rage in Hollywood 06/09/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 7:12am]
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