ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at Creators.co
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

Like it or not, the reboot machine is hard at work in Hollywood, churning out fresh new versions of old movies. From the maybe-that-could-use-a-modern-take to the oh-my-god-no-is-nothing-sacred, there's just no avoiding the many and varied remakes coming at us in the next few years.

To help you out, we’ve come up with a guide to the most anticipated new movie remake releases of 2017 and beyond. From Universal Pictures monster mashes, to remakes of well-loved 80s cult classics, check out our comprehensive list of new & upcoming film remakes. Whether you’re more of a straight remake or a newfangled re-imagining fan, these latest reboot flicks will rekindle your love, or at the very least pique your interest. With reinterpreted new movies coming out week after week, these upcoming reboot releases are sure to liven up the next few years!

1. Dirty Dancing

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[Credit: ABC}
  • Release date: May 24, 2017
  • Director: Wayne Blair
  • Cast: Abigail Breslin, Sarah Hyland, Katey Sagal, Debra Messing, Colt Prattes, Nicole Scherzinger
  • Original: 1987

Long-awaited, and now much-lamented, ABC's 3 hour long remake of 80s classic Dirty Dancing aired in May and is available to watch now. Despite huge anticipation and hype, reviews for the one-off TV musical film reboot have been pretty scathing. It's always a gamble remaking something which has such a huge place in viewers' hearts, and one it doesn't seem ABC managed to get right. That said, if your curiosity has been piqued, you may as well give it a go while it's fresh- who knows, you might have the time of your life.

2. Baywatch

 [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
[Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Release date: May 26, 2017
  • Director: Seth Gordon
  • Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Priyanka Chopra
  • Original: 1989

Another recent release, Baywatch came hurtling onto the big screen in a rush of rippling pectorals and teeny-tiny swimsuits in May. Reviews have been mixed but if you were a fan of the original, it's a fun remake both aware of and respectful of the joys and slight ridiculousness of the TV show. Zac Efron and The Rock make a great—not to mention muscular—duo and Baywatch legends David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson also make a cameo.

3. The Mummy

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: June 9, 2017
  • Director: Alex Kurtzman
  • Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis
  • Original: 1932 (not a reboot off the 1999 version)

The first movie in a new plan by Universal to create a shared universe for its classic monsters à la Marvel or DC. It's a bold choice and unlike with superheroes, it's a little difficult to see how characters like the Mummy or the Wolf Man will fit seamlessly into the same narrative arc. Nevertheless, a remake of The Mummy starring none other than Tom Cruise is set to come out in June. Fans of the flawless 1999 version will be relieved to know this is a remake of the original 1930s one, because nobody—not even Tom Cruise—could replace Brendan Frazer.

4. Spider-Man: Homecoming

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[Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing]
  • Release date: July 7, 2017
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Angourie Rice, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau
  • Original: 1977, 2002

In yet another rehashing of the spidey-story, in Spider-man:Homecoming we'll see a fresh young Peter Parker coming into his own as the web-slinging superhero first introduced in Captain America Civil War. Tom Holland's entrance to the Marvel universe was a resounding success with fans and there's significant hype surrounding this high-school origin story.

5. It

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[Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Release date: September 8, 2017
  • Director: Andrés Muschietti
  • Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet
  • Original: 1990

Not much has been revealed about the specifics of the plot, but it looks like this remake will stick to the source material of Stephen King's best-selling novel pretty closely. Bill Skarsgård already has us terrified in the promo images and trailers released as the evil and sadistic clown, Pennywise. It will deal with a group of children called the 'Losers' Club' who set out to defeat him. The second part of the novel follows the Losers' Club as adults, so if this remake is a success, you can be sure there'll be a sequel on the cards too.

6. Flatliners

  • Release date: September 29, 2017
  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Cast: Nina Dobrev, Charlotte McKinney, Diego Luna, Ellen Page, Kiefer Sutherland, James Norton
  • Original: 1991

Not technically a remake, but a sequel to the original 1990s medical drama which sees a group of med students trying to find out what lies beyond death, by conducting a series of experiments to produce near-death experiences. With a hot new cast including Ellen Page, James Norton, and Nina Dobrev, the sequel looks set to follow yet another group of students who want to do the same. Original flatliner Kiefer Sutherland is joining the cast as their dodgy professor in what's likely to be an older version of his original character.

7. Jumanji

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[Credit: Seven Bucks/Radar]
  • Release date: December 22, 2017
  • Director: Jake Kasdan
  • Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Missi Pyle, Jack Black
  • Original: 1995

Again, although rumored to be a straight remake of the untouchable original, thankfully it's been announced Jumanji will be a sequel of sorts. The story will follow four high-schoolers who while playing a video game inadvertently get sucked into the game and become the avatars they were playing as. It'll be interesting to see how the original magic and heart of the 1995 movie gets translated to the modern era with a whole new host of actors including Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and a scantily-clad Karen Gillan.

8. The Wolf Man

  • Release date: March 30, 2018
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1941, 2010

In the second of Universal's planned monster remakes, The Wolf Man will see a modern take on a 1940s classic. The screenplay has already been written by Aaron Guzikowski, but we've yet to hear any news on potential directors or casting. It's likely Universal will go with a big name for the title part in the movie. The Wolf Man's tragic lead, Larry Talbot is an otherwise good and moral man who despite his best efforts turns into a crazy manbeast in the full moon and goes rogue on his friends and fellow villagers. The 2010 reboot wasn't a resounding success, so we're excited to see Universal give it another go.

9. The Invisible Man

  • Release date: April 13, 2018
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Johnny Depp
  • Original: 1933

The Invisible Man is slated to be the third installment of the Universal Monster's Universe. While details are slightly opaque at this stage, Hollywood superstar and slightly disgraced, probably slightly off the rails Johnny Depp has been cast in the title role, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan will be producing, and the screenplay has been written by Ed Solomon. The Invisible Man hasn't had a reboot since the 1933 original and a sequel in 1940, so this should give Universal a great blank canvas to market a modernized version to a younger audience with no preconceptions or expectations.

10. A Star Is Born

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[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: September 28, 2018
  • Director: Bradley Cooper
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
  • Original: 1937, 1954, 1976

Following her sizzling on-screen debut as the Countess in American Horror Story, Lady Gaga will be continuing her acting career in the upcoming movie, A Star Is Born. Bradley Cooper will direct and star as a musical veteran who takes Gaga's character under his wing, attempting to help her break into the entertainment business.

11. Mulan

  • Release date: November 2, 2018
  • Director: Niki Caro
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1998

While there's no official word yet, Niki Caro is rumored to be directing this live-action Mulan reboot, the next in the long list of Disney rehashes of classic tales. We have our fingers crossed for a non-white-washed cast, but this being Hollywood, maybe we shouldn't get our hopes up.

12. How The Grinch Stole Christmas

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: November 9, 2018
  • Director: Peter Candeland, Yarrow Cheney
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Original: 1966 (Animated), 2000 (Live Action)

This feature-length animated remake was originally scheduled for a 2017 premiere, but has since been delayed. Benedryl Cabbagepatch will be starring as Dr Seuss's grouchy grinch and if his performance as Smaug in The Hobbit is anything to go by, he'll do a damn fine job.

13. Mary Poppins Returns

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[Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Release date: December 25, 2018
  • Director: Rob Marshall
  • Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke
  • Original: 1964

Technically a sequel, Mary Poppins Returns will reboot the franchise for Disney with an all-star cast. The story will be based on the sequel to the original Mary Poppins book by P.L. Travers. Emily Blunt stars as Poppins, who revisits Michael Banks to help him and his children with a personal tragedy. Throw in Lin-Manuel Miranda as a replacement Burt, Meryl Streep as Poppins's zany cousin, and cameos from Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury, and you've got a mixture that's guaranteed for success.

14. All Quiet On The Western Front

  • Release date: 2018
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Cast: Travis Fimmel
  • Original: 1930

Originally slated for a November 2016 premiere, IMDb now lists All Quiet on the Western Front as ready for release sometime in 2018. Based on the genre-defining novel by Erich Maria Remarque, it follows a young German soldier's harrowing experiences on the western front during the First World War. With the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I falling in this year, perhaps it's fortuitous the release was pushed back.

15. Peter Pan

  • Release date: 2018
  • Director: David Lowery
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1953

Despite a couple of lack-lustre live-action Peter Pan adaptations by other studios, Disney have decided to give it a go with a release date tentatively set for 2018. No details have come out as of yet, but you can re-fly on us to keep you in the loop.

16. Overboard

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[Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer]
  • Release date: 2018
  • Directors: Bob Fisher, Rob Greenberg
  • Cast: Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, Eugenio Derbez
  • Original: 1987

Will Smith is producing the reboot of the classic that starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The new retelling will see wealthy Mexican playboy, Eugenio Derbez falling overboard from his yacht and getting amnesia. Anna Harris plays a single, working class mom who convinces him he's her husband. If the original is anything to go by, the two fall in love and romance and hilarity ensues.

17. The Lion King

  • Release date: July 19, 2019
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Cast: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, James Earl Jones
  • Original: 1994

In perhaps the most controversial of the live-action Disney remakes set for release, the 90s beloved classic The Lion King will be given the CGI golden touch in 2019. Jon Favreau will be stepping into the director's seat, following his success with The Jungle Book. James Earl Jones is back as the best dad this side of the Sahara, Mufasa, and Donald Glover will play Simba.

18. Bride Of Frankenstein

  • Release date: 2019
  • Director: Bill Condon
  • Cast: Javier Bardem
  • Original: 1935

Iconic 1930s Universal horror flick, The Bride Of Frankenstein is set to be part 4 in their new shared universe series. David Koepp (Inferno) has already drafted the script, but there's still a long way to go to figure out how Bride of Frankenstein will fit into the larger Universal Monster's Universe. Sexy Spanish ex-Bond-villain Javier Bardem is the first to have been cast.

19. The Batman

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[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Matt Reeves
  • Cast: Ben Affleck, Joe Manganiello, Jeremy Irons
  • Original: 1989

Ben Affleck was originally going to direct and star in the new movie, but has since decided to leave the director role to Matt Reeves. Details are few and far between and DC are notoriously good at keeping their cards close to their chest. That said we do know Joe Manganiello has been cast as the film's main antagonist and comic book big bad Slade Wilson/Deathstroke.

20. Scooby

  • Release date: TBA
  • Directors: Tony Cervone, Dax Shepard
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1969-1971 (Animated Series), 2002 (Live Action)

Originally slated to be released in 2018 under the title of S.C.O.O.B, according to its IMDB page, the movie Scooby will now be likely to be released in 2020. In another live-action remake we'll get to see a new group of young actors take on the iconic roles of the Scooby-gang. While the 2002 movie was camp and kind of tacky, it was also kind of great and still holds a special scooby-snack sized place in fans' hearts. Let's hope this one can live up to it.

21. An American Werewolf In London

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[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Max Landis
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1981

The Weinstein Company toyed with the idea of rebooting this '80s monster classic, which has since moved from "in development" back to "announced." Max Landis — the son of John Landis, the director of the 1981 original — is on board to direct. Father and son both signed on to pen the script in November 2016.

22. Aladdin

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith (rumored)
  • Original: 1992

Not a lot has been revealed about the remake of Disney's 1992 hit, Aladdin. Will Smith is rumored to play the iconic role of Genie, but all other casting choices still seem to be up in the air. As with Mulan—we'd love to see a cast that reflects the geographical setting of the story.

23. The Little Mermaid

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1989

Not to be confused with the 2 other live-action adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale also coming out, there is also a Disney remake soon to be a part of our world. Initially, Sofia Coppola was signed to direct, then she was replaced with Joe Wright, who has also dropped out. Chloe Grace-Moretz was keen to play Ariel, right up until she decided to quit acting for good. Lindsay Lohan has made a bid for the part, but nothing's been announced so far.

24. The Craft

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  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1996

Technically not a remake, the new Craft will be a sequel to the 1996 original. It remains to be seen whether we'll see any of the original cast reprising their roles in the sequel which is set 20 years after the events of the first movie.

25. Don't Look Now

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1973

The plans to remake classic horror film Don't Look Now were announced in April 2015, but not much has been heard since then about the project. Original star, Donald Sutherland has since voiced his scathing disapproval of the idea of a remake, so we'll see if that has any impact on the future of the project.

26. Dumbo

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Cast: Eva Green, Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton
  • Original: 1941

What's that? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it yet another Disney remake instead of a new fresh idea? No! It's a flying elephant. Dumbo should be soaring onto our screens in the future with Tim Burton directing and Eva Green, Colin Farrell, and Danny DeVito starring.

27. The Fly

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[Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: J.D. Dillard (in talks)
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1958, 1986

Despite the 1986 remake being universally beloved, J.D. Dillard is in talks to write and direct a new reboot of The Fly. While we're buzzed at the thought of a new director bringing something else to the franchise, does The Fly really need another remake? Let's discuss.

28. Logan's Run

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1976

Technically the new film will be a fresh spin on the original novel instead of the 1976 film. The novel is set in a dystopian society where people are executed aged 21, until one plucky executioner decides not to play along on his fateful birthday.

29. The Matrix

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1999

Warner Brothers recently announced its plans to reboot the 1999 sci-fi classic . Rumor has it that Zak Penn (The Avengers) is in talks to write the script, and Michael B. Jordan is being considered to star.

30. A Nightmare On Elm Street

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[Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1984, 2010

David Johnson is penning the script, but not much else is known just yet. The project was announced after the sequel to the 2010 remake was cancelled due to a poor performance and reviews. Will it be a case of third time lucky for this nightmare of a project?

31. Pinocchio

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr.
  • Original: 1940

Very few details are known about the live-action remake of the mad puppet adventure that is Disney's Pinocchio. Robert Downey Jr. has been linked to the project, as has Skyfall director, Sam Mendes who is rumored to be in talks to direct. Let's hope Disney can get through the red tape and strings that may hold them down.

32. Police Academy

  • Release Date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1984

Finally realising that a 9th Police Academy sequel may be going one step too far, instead a reboot is in the works, with the aim presumably being to make another 8 part franchise. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, of Comedy Central show Key and Peele fame have been attached to the project, but very few details are known as of yet.

33. Splash

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[Credit: Moviepilot]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Directors: Ron Howard, Brian Grazer
  • Cast: Channing Tatum, Jillian Bell
  • Original: 1984

In this gender-swapped version of the 1984 classic, Channing Tatum will take on Daryl Hannah's role of a sexy merperson.

34. The Sword in the Stone

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1963

Bryan Cogman is penning the screenplay and Bill Peet is working on the story and concept for this live action reboot of a Disney classic. With the original not being quite as well-known as other Disney movies, this has great potential to be a hit in its own right.

35. Terminator

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Tim Miller
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1984

James Cameron is returning to pen the script for the Terminator reboot and produce the project, with the director of Deadpool at the helm.

36. Van Helsing

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 2004

In a remake of 2004 camp horror, Van Helsing will be returning to the big screen as part of the Universal Monsters Universe. It's probably going to be set in the modern day, and one of the screenwriters, Eric Heisserer has stated that Mad Max Fury Road inspired him in the new take on the main character. Sounds like it'll be one hell of an adventure.

37. WarGames

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: Dean Israelite
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1983

MGM is partnering up with interactive video company Interlude in order to reboot the '80s hacker classic WarGames as an interactive video game/movie hybrid. Likely director, Dean Israelite has admitted he is "always very sceptical of remakes" but feels like this one still has a lot of new story to tell.

38. White Men Can't Jump

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Blake Griffin
  • Original: 1992

The creator of Black-ish is currently drafting the script for the reboot of the 1992 sports comedy White Men Can't Jump. Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil are also involved in the project as producers, and may even make an appearance in the finished film.

39. The Wild Bunch

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[Credit: Warner Bros.-Seven Arts]
  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: Will Smith
  • Original: 1969

In a fresh new take on the original which was set in 1913, Warner Brothers is setting the remake in the present day on the Mexican/Californian border where the CIA will take on a drug cartel. Whether this will be dealt with in the nuanced way it should be in a post-Trump America remains to be seen. While Will Smith has been linked to the project, no director has been as of yet since Tony Scott who was slated to direct passed away.

40. Christopher Robin

  • Release date: TBA
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • Original: 1960-2011

The reboot of this classic and beloved children's story will follow the life of a grown-up Christopher Robin's return to the Hundred Acre Wood. Ewan McGregor has been linked to the project in what sounds like it could be the chubby, little cubby all stuffed with fluff version of Hook.

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