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Reboots of popular films very, very rarely live up to the original in terms of quality and enjoyment. Just think of movies such as Godzilla, Karate Kid and The Omen.

Yet, despite this, Hollywood is still crazy about churning out remakes of old films. In fact, 2016 appears to be the year of resurrection, with a huge number of iconic movies being repackaged and polished for new generations.

Below are some of the most notable remakes that'll be worked on this year. Will anyone of them actually live up to the original? It looks unlikely...

1. 'Ghostbusters' (1984)

The original spirit splattering team of scientists (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd) busted the box office 32 years ago with this supernatural comedy.

A sequel was made in 1989, featuring the original cast. Fast forward to 2016, and we're set to see a reboot featuring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.

There is a slight silver lining in that some of the old cast, including Murray and Aykroyd will cameo. That's worth something, right?

Release Date: July 15th 2016


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2. 'Jumanji' (1995)

This is another childhood classic, made unforgettable by the late, great Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, a bearded and unkempt man who found himself trapped in a mystical board game for twenty-six years.

Williams' on screen chemistry with child duo Kirsten Dunst and Adam Hann Byrd is something that will be impossible to recreate. The originality of the story is what made Jumanji such a huge hit, so it's hard to see what a reboot can feature.

The "re-imagining" has been closely guarded, but we do know it'll be directed by Jake Kasdan, who previously directed Bad Teacher (2011) and Sex Tape (2014).

Release Date: 28th July 2017


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3. 'The Exorcist' (1973)

The horrifying tale of the exorcism of demonically possessed 12-year-old girl Regan (Linda Blair) is one of the most recognizable horror films of all time. The movie is based on the 1971 novel of the same name.

Trying to recreate such an iconic film for the big screen is perhaps too much of a challenge. So, instead, Fox decided to create a TV series - The Exorcist Chronicles.

The crux of the story will be based around a young priest's encounters with demonic possession and all the gory byproducts that come from it, also based on the 1971 novel.

Release Date: None as of yet - Fox have ordered a 1-hour pilot


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4. 'Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise' (1995)

Hey, the straight to video version of the popular TV show may be a tenuous link, but it's worth noting the remake here.

The film will feature Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario as bunch of bodyguards with insanely sculpted bodies and skimpy outfits. Nothing else needs to be said.

Release Date: 19th May 2017


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5. 'Independence Day' (1996)

Roland Emmerich's disaster epic struck at the time of Will Smith's 1990s boom, including Bad Boys (1995) and Men in Black (1997).

Any excitement of the reboot will be drastically reduced by the lack of Smith's Captain Steven Hiller in the upcoming sequel. I won't give away too much here, but Smith himself referred to it as "terrible."

On the upside, the sequel will also be directed by Emmerich, and a number of stars, including Jeff Goldblum, will reprise their roles.

Release Date: June 24th 2016


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6. 'Spider-Man'... Again

Between 2002 and 2007 Tobey Maguire donned lycra in what was a successful Spider-Man trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi. Following Spider-Man 3 (2007), Raimi fell out with producers Sony and left the project.

This led to a reboot starring Andrew Garfield that spawned The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, released just two years ago.

Yet Sony keep can't get enough, and will return to their cash cow next year.

Release Date: The as yet untitled reboot is scheduled for release on 7th July 2017.


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Source: Mirror


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