I've been away from this series for a while, but I'm back with a new installment of "Resurrect, Reboot or Retire. This time I want to look at a few Action flicks that I grew up watching on VHS. I'm nearly 30, so I grew up with the movies from the 1980's. I still have a VCR and hundreds of tapes of so many movies from the 80's and 90's. I wanted to take a second and look at a couple of my favorites and give you all my take on whether to resurrect, reboot or retire them.
So lets begin.
First on my list is one that everyone should know.
I know that this past June there were more than a few rumors about a new Predator film, helmed by Shane Black who oddly enough was in the original film. Rumors have gone back and forth as to whether it was a new sequel or a reboot. *Collider reports that Shane Black has commented about it not being a reboot, but an "inventive sequel".
Ultimately I believe it needs to be-
As much as I liked Predator 2 & Predators (2010 film with Adrian Brody), I feel like it might be too stale to just keep going with a sequel. The original was great in my mind, albeit lacking in plot. I think that a reboot could be well received. The question really becomes:
Complete story redesign... or ... Character redesign?
I tend to lean towards a bit of both worlds. I liked the characters of the first, but I would have loved to see more of an origin story (like what was supposed to be Prometheus for Aliens.. but then wasn't, but kindof is, but then it really isn't...) I would love to see a story about a group led by Schwarzenegger's character "Dutch" (not starring Arnold) go off-world looking to colonize and stumble across a Predator on a planet similar to what we saw in "Predators" with Adrian Brody.
I know... It's sacrilegious to think of somebody replacing Arnold, but I had to do it. As far as who to replace him with, my gut tells me to go with someone like Dave Bautista. He's got the build, and he has the demeanor of the guy who would go out looking to kill a Predator.
Two iconic characters. Two iconic actors. Mel Gibson and Danny Glover had such a palpable chemistry during all of the movies. The story was believable and it didn't become a satirical buddy-cop comedy (Cop Out, The Other Guys, etc.)
There was some meat to the story, and the characters were well defined. You actually met them throughout the movie, rather than getting introduced with a description of their character.
As much as I would love to see more of the Lethal Weapon story, I think it should be:
I don't think that Lethal Weapon should be sullied for the sole fact of making a profit by the movie studio. The 4th film really brought the story of Riggs & Murtaugh to a good conclusion. All 4 films are classics in my mind, and I would hate to see that redesigned and thrown together into something that is sub-standard to what we expect when we think Lethal Weapon. Anything other than the original cast, in my opinion, would never live up to the original (even knowing about the rumors about a role being offered to Chris Hemsworth as well as one being offered to Columbus Short).
I know, I know --- another Arnold film, but hey he was basically the name back in the 80's. It wasn't 'overly 'popular, but I love going back and watching The Running Man. Some of you may think I've got a brain malfunction, but I promise I'm okay.
The Running Man, was basically, the precursor to all the pop-culture dystopian films: Maze Runner, Insurgent, Hunger Games (which some claim was an egregious rip-off of Steven King's The Running Man. -- yes the movie was a book first.)
The story behind the movie was sound, even if the special effects and acting at the time wasn't, put politely, to the standard that we are accustomed to now.
With that, I think that it should be:
Now if current pop-culture has anything to say about it, if you cast the right actors, this movie would do well enough to at least break even. Every movie based on a dystopian society has done well as of late (Book of Eli, Priest, Hunger Games, Total Recall (remake), Ender's Game, Oblivion, Snowpiercer, The Purge, Divergent, Giver, Maze Runner, etc etc.) --- See where I'm going. It's like they say in Field of Dreams:
If you build it, they will come...
If they reboot a classic sci-fi dystopia with a good cast, I can't imagine it being any worse than what we've seen in the last few years. I actually think it could do well. The challenge would be getting the right director (someone who has done gritty and dark, but may be new to the dystopian book into movie realm). I think my casting choice to replace Arnold would be:
In my mind, the only person fit to replace Arnold in this movie would be Tom Hardy. Especially seeing as he's in the newest Mad Max film, he's definitely down to play a character in a gritty dystopian society.
There it is. 3 movies from the 80's that I remember watching countless times. Let me know what you think. What movies did I miss? Is there another that you think should be rebooted?