As we all know, Hollywood is currently infatuated with remakes, re-imaginings, and reboots--turning their familiar old properties into sparkly new cash cows by swapping in younger stars and glossing a more modern visual sheen onto the pre-existing skeleton of a film that once worked. But what if a property is such an evergreen that the studio decides to take it out for a third spin, thus producing the increasingly common phenomenon that I like to call the THREE-BOOT.
Last week, Paramount dated its second Friday The 13th remake for 2016, seven years after they initially rebooted the film in 2009. Also, last month it was rumored that Sony would be once again relaunching the Spider-Man series and replacing star Andrew Garfield, who took over the reigns from Tobey Maguire in 2010's The Amazing Spider-Man. Although the three-boot has certainly been getting a lot of press recently, it's far from a new phenomenon. As such, let's take a look at 5 film franchises that got triple-dipped at the box office.
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
Tobe Hooper's 1974 grind-house classic, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, was first re-imagined by Marcus Nispel in the 2003 film of the same name, which notably featured Jessica Biel in a skimpy twife-beater to great effect. Then, in 2013, it was re-done a second time with John Luessenhop's decidedly trashy, low-budget Texas Chainsaw 3D.
After appearing in twenty-two consecutive Japanese monster-mashes for the Toho company in between 1954 and 1995, the giant green lizard was co-opted for Western audiences by director Roland Emmerich for his goofy, big-budget 1998 remake, which proved to be a debacle. Then, in 2013, young upstart Gareth Edwards finally did right by the classic character in the U.S. with his more mature, critically praised three-boot.
Some readers might be surprised to learn that John Carpenter's brilliantly gruesome 1982 chiller The Thing was in fact a remake of Howard Hawks once inspired but now corny 1951 spooktacular The Thing From Another World. Of course, Universal wasn't content with letting the original remake stand on its own, so they copied the (admittedly great) copy with 2011's depressingly bad re-imaging-cum-prequel.
Just last week, Fox released the first buzzy trailer for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, set to be released on August 7th. Many fans might assume this was the first reboot of the classic superhero franchise after Tim Story's middling 2005 film and its 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer. However, schlock producer Roger Corman produced an even more primitive adaptation of the classic comic way back in 1994, which can now be viewed in its entirety online.
Following his debut in the 1933 classic King Kong, The Eighth Wonder of the World took two more trips from Skull Island to New York City. First, John Guillerman's hokey 1976 Jaws rip-off saw Kong fall from the then-new Twin Towers instead of the Empire State Building, before Peter Jackson returned the colossal ape to his original setting with his spectacular art-deco 2005 remake.
Finally, it's worth noting that there's no rule stating that two remakes is the end of the line. In fact, the King Kong series is due to add a THIRD remake in 2017, with the release of Jordan Vogt-Roberts Kong origin tale Skull Island. And if that's not enough, the Batman series is due for its fifth re-imagining in 2016, when Ben Affleck's take on the character in the upcoming Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice will proceed the Nolan trilogy, the Schumacher catastrophes, the Burton films, and, of course, the original Adam-West-starring Batman: The Movie (1966).