Ok, I hate the swarm of reboots and remakes just as much as the next guy. But, while remakes are a thing, might as well draw attention to three films Hollywood should remake, and under what conditions it should be remade.
The Towering Inferno
As the second greatest skyscraper movie of all time, and I'm going to assume you have the brain capacity to know the first, Towering Inferno was released at the Disaster movie renaissance. At it's day, it had a star studded cast. Paul Newman, Fred Astair, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway and even OJ Simpson. The Towering Inferno nowadays is a great landmark of then modern icons. So, let's make that landmark of modern times. Instead of back-when pretty boy action star Paul Newman, get Tom Cruise. Instead of back-when singing and dancing comedian Fred Astaire, get Seth McFarlane. Chris Pratt and/or Channing Tatum instead of Steve McQueen, Rosamund Pike instead of Faye Dunaway. Heck, why not get Derek Jeter to play the part of the sports star who was featured cameoing in a comedy cop film, as the modern day OJ Simpson. I know it would work as a landmark of the 2010s. I know it would.
Green Lantern had potential. It really did. The effects were decent enough. But. if it was remade with better writers, better directors, maybe even a new CGI guy, Green Lantern could be one of the great DC movies. Up there with Batman, the Dark Knight, Superman, Superman 2 and... one of the animated movies probably, I don't know. But, because of the wasted potential alone, Green Lantern deserves a rejuvenating.
Catcher In the Rye, The Dark Tower, Artemis Fowl, Discworld and/or Creative Thought
Am I cheating? I don't think it's cheating if I'm making a point. Notice how I listed some stories up there. Now, you Hollywood execs jotting down notes mumbling to yourself, "Yes, excellent... Smithers" may notice, "Hey, those aren't movies!"
You'd be correct. Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Dark Tower by Stephen King, Discworld by Terry Pratchet and Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer are not movies yet. And creative thought, "What book is that?" you execs frothing at the mouths are wondering. I'm glad you asked. You ever come up with an idea and say, "that would make a good movie"? Well bam. There. That's what I'm saying. Make something different, something new, Hell, if you can't then I gave you four suggestions, but PLEASE, don't remake something that's been made. Especially if it's already a good movie. We have a lot of remakes or reboots or whatever. We need more indie directors to make more different movies, no we don't. We need more budgeted, mainstream directors to do that. Because Michael Bay's best films aren't adaptations.