The issue with reboots is they always cause a big old fight. To remake or to leave alone. To let scars heal or to reopen old wounds. To approach with an open-mind or keep that door closed, locked and bolted.
No matter on which side of the fight you sit, there's little escaping the fact that with remakes, whether you like it or not, Hollywood's gonna do it anyway.
Here is a list of 12 horror movies with a make-over currently in production. Could the second (or third) time be the charm for any of these classic flicks?
We heard a rumor that Jesus started weeping when the Hellraiser reboot was announced. With Doug Bradley, the original pinhead, back at the helm, this version will begin on Devil's Island and will look further into the story of the Frenchman Lemarchand, the guy that made the hell-raising box. Release date unconfirmed.
2. I Know What You Did Last Summer
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prince Jr, otherwise known as the dream team, are currently high up on Sony's make-over priority list. Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard are reportedly writing the script as we speak and the release is planned for 2016.
3. I Saw The Devil
Director and writer duo Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), are lined up to do an American reimagining of Korean thriller I Saw the Devil. Pushing revenge to its most extreme limits, the story follows an elite special agent as he embarks on a twisted game of cat-and-mouse in order to avenge the murder of his pregnant fiancé.
After a little set back, the remake of IT is back on and we're pretty excited to see who will be cast to replace the petrifying perfection that was Tim Curry's Pennywise. With Andy Muschietti as director, we're hearing rumors of a potential two part franchise - one may focus on the characters as children and the second on their adult lives. The release date is yet to be confirmed.
5. Jacob’s Ladder
More of a homage than a mimic, the remake of cult movie Jacob's Ladder won't attempt to copy the original story of a Vietnam War veteran who delves to discover the truth behind his bizarre hallucinations. It will more provide an updated nod, with modern situations and characters while maintaining a story that examines issues and poses existential questions.
7. The Mummy
You've probably heard that Universal has some mad plans for creating a Universal Monster franchise, which will place all classic Universal monsters in the same universe. Well, The Mummy reboot will kick-off this grand monsterverse plan. All is under wraps plot-wise at present so we'll have to wait and see what they have in store for the modernization. The expected release date is March 24, 2017.
8. Pet Sematary
Many fans didn't think the original 1989 adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematery did the story justice, so there's much intrigue as to what they have planned for this reboot. Matthew Greenberg was hired in 2010 to re-write the script and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo of 28 Weeks Later was hooked in as director in 2013. Rumors have it that George Clooney may be starring, which would be... interesting?
9. The Orphanage
Although The Orphanage was only released in 2007, this chiller-thriller is up for an English-language reboot with Guillermo del Toro as producer. Guillermo del Toro has said that this overhaul will reflect the vision he had penned and planned back when the first version was in production. Actress Amy Adams has been linked to the project.
10. The Blob
A reboot of a reboot, the third reimagining of The Blob will be directed by Simon West (The Expendables, Con Air) and will have more of a sci-fi twist than the previous two movies. This update will see Samuel L. Jackson staring as a biochemistry professor whose goal is to save the small town from threatening alien life forms. Shooting is expected to start this fall.
11. The Birds
It's hard to see how it's possible to better or even match the original of this 1963 Hitchcock classic, but hey, that's what Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is planning to do. Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will be the man with the (hopefully) magic touch.
We'll have to wait and see...
12. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
Vincent Price's campy horror Abominable Dr. Phibes is getting the resurrection treatment and rebirthing as Forever Phibes. Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Caligula) has signed to play the role of infamous murderous doctor, Dr. Phibes. The original saw Phibe's, an irrevocably-scarred academic seek revenge on the medics who he believed killed his wife and his methods of dispatch were creative to say the least.