The term "reboot" has become synonymous with outrage, anger and confusion, and it seems like everyone has an opinion on the new anti-originality movement. But love 'em or hate 'em, it looks like reboot trend isn't going anywhere soon— nostalgia is here to stay!
Whilst rehashing the successful shows of yesteryear has produced some mixed results, people are still eager to tune in and judge wether their favorite narratives have been improved or desecrated.
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It's not just old TV shows that are getting the reboot treatment— there's even a couple of iconic films that are getting a TV makeover. Check out these 6 reboots coming to a screen near you soon:
One of the most notorious dark comedies of the eighties is about to get a 21st century makeover. Heathers was a hilariously morbid movie about murder, teenage bitchiness and high school politics. However, the upcoming TV reboot looks to be pretty different.
Rather than a gaggle of snarky white girls, the show's version of the villainous Heathers is going to feature a black lesbian and a gender-queer man. A step in the right direction, or a bizarre writing choice?
5. The Honeymooners
The Honeymooners is a sitcom from the fifties; A time when television was black and white, and canned laughter sounded ever more fake than the laugh track on The Big Bang Theory.
The story revolved around a group of New Yorkers who lived in the same apartment building. Sort of like Friends, but with more jokes about domestic violence. It was the second most viewed show in America during its first season, and CBS are hoping to reignite that spark of success with a modern reboot. Let's hope they omit those distasteful wife beating jokes from the new script first.
Charmed was one of the defining shows of the late nineties/early 2000s. Every week, audiences would tune in to catch up with the magical adventures of their favorite San Francisco witches as they battled demons, romanced with angels and misplaced their teleporting children.
CW have announced that the new Charmed won't just be a reboot, but a prequel. It will be set in New England, and will feature witches Tina, Paige and Annie— a bit of a shift from the original Halliwell sisters.
Of course, the real question on everyone's mind is: Will they be using the same Smiths cover song for the opening credits?
3. The Departed
Martin Scorcese's Boston-based mobster drama might have been critically acclaimed, but will it be just as well-received as a series? Amazon announced in August last year that they're developing a series based on the film. According to Deadline, the story will be based around a Latino crime syndicate in Chicago and one young cop's efforts to infiltrate their covert drug operations. Will it succeed, or could it just fall flat?
2. The Mist
If you've seen Frank Darabont's film adaptation of Stephen King's science fiction novella, then you've probably got some intense issues to work through. Seriously, that movie was dark. But now you can relive the psychological horrors all over again with a TV series! Details are still foggy (get it?), but we do know that it's being developed by Dimension Television. Will it follow the ending set out by the film, or the original book?
1. Xena: Warrior Princess
You know what, I retract my initial statement about Charmed— the nineties were all about Xena. The fantasy series was incredibly thrilling back then, from Xena's signature war-cry and skimpy "armor", to her suggestive relationship with Amazon princess Gabrielle.
While it's going to be a pretty different show to what nineties kids may remember, the NBC reboot will have Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert back on board as executive producers, and will apparently delve deeper into what was really going on between Xena and Gabrielle.
What are your thoughts on these upcoming TV reboots?