The fact of the matter is, movies get remade all the time. That doesn't mean that we have to stop loving the originals. There's plenty of room to introduce existing stories to new audiences, and some movies in particular would be fascinating with gender-swapped casts.
1. Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Yes, I'm aware that a Big Trouble in Little China reboot is currently planned with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the lead role. But do we really need another "hero guy saves captured girl" kind of movie? What if those roles were switched around, and the damsel in distress was actually a dude in distress?
Margot Robbie has proven without a shadow of a doubt that she has the star power to bring people to the theaters. After the world saw her in The Wolf of Wall Street, she landed several more large roles in Focus, The Legend of Tarzan, and of course Suicide Squad. When people speak of Suicide Squad, they don't talk about Will Smith as Deadshot. The headlines are filled with Robbie as Harley Quinn because people are extremely excited to see her in the spotlight once more.
Now imagine Robbie shooting and busting her way through magic-wielding baddies who have a handsome man held captive. The comical special effects of the original film could be touched up, but Robbie's exceptional acting would give a new Big Trouble in Little China the boost it needs to be a perfect remake.
2. The Mask (1994)
There is no doubt that Jim Carrey is a comedic mastermind. One of his signature roles was that of Stanley Ipkiss in The Mask. Ipkiss is a man who finds a mysterious mask that makes him more powerful than he can possibly imagine. The original film is a comedy classic, but after the wildly-disliked sequel, Son of the Mask, the potential franchise met an abrupt end.
A modern Mask movie wouldn't even have to be a reboot. It could be a modern day sequel where a woman spices up her boring day-to-day work life when she finds a mask that makes her the life of the party. And what better actress is there to follow in Carrey's footsteps than Sarah Silverman? She is a comedic genius whose wild side could really shine in a Mask movie. Just check out her parts in A Million Ways to Die in the West or School of Rock — not to mention her stand-up — to see her genius at work.
3. Weird Science (1985)
John Hughes directed some of my favorite '80s movies, including The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Pretty in Pink. One of the fantastic films often forgotten in the fold is Weird Science, the story of two young men who use science to create their version of a perfect woman.
Switch up the genders a bit, and therein lies a chance for a brand new story. What if two young women who could never get attention from the popular boys in school decided to use their scientific abilities to create the perfect man, played by Zac Efron. Efron has both the looks that girls go crazy for, as well as comedic talent that he showed off in Neighbors and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
4. Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Speaking of John Hughes, I'd be a fool not to bring up Planes, Trains & Automobiles. As far as road trip movies go, it doesn't get better than this. Steve Martin and John Candy's journey is both agonizing and inspirational, making it the inspiration of many movies to come. Remember Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis? Basically the same movie, different actors.
Now replace the actors with two hilarious actresses, like Emma Stone and Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy has played infuriating characters before, like those in Tammy and The Boss, but she's also played characters that we can feel sorry for, like in Spy. Combined with Emma Stone's level-headed demeanor, the duo could make for a really interesting buddy road trip movie.
5. Die Hard (1988)
When it comes to action movies, few leave the kind of impression that Die Hard did. The story of the ultimate underdog John McClane is one of the most entertaining and powerful narratives in action cinema. Boys and men both look to John McClane as a role model, so why not give a similar badass character for girls to look up to?
Charlize Theron showed us all in Mad Max: Fury Road that she can kick some serious tail as an action star, so she could be the best female John McClane (Jane McClone if you will). We could watch her get her feet cut and destroy a skyscraper full of terrorists, and she could bring redemption to the Die Hard franchise, which has been trying to recreate the magic of the original movie for decades.
6. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors of all time, so it pains me to even imagine recasting his part in one of his best films, but a female-led recreation of The Usual Suspects could be a major success. The '90s crime thriller had some of the best acting and one of the biggest twists in cinematic history, and it's about time we gave the story to a new generation.
What if Keyser Soze went on to train a new criminal gathering, which includes the magnificent breakout star Alicia Vikander. Vikander could follow in his footsteps, becoming a criminal mastermind in her own right. We could have a new cast of characters to spend time with, and you know with a Usual Suspects movie we'd end up getting another big twist ending to shock audiences around the world!
7. The Truman Show (1998)
Yep, that's right. Another Jim Carrey movie. The Truman Show was an amazing idea, having an entire person's life be nothing but a reality show. With the way reality shows have progressed over the near-20 years since the original, a modern take of such an interesting tale could shed a whole new light on the idea.
Daisy Ridley is at such an early point in her career, but after seeing her as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she showed us all that he has amazing acting chops. We've seen her as an action/drama star, so I would love to see how she works in more of a comedic drama film.
Even though a lot of people were dreading the release of the new Ghostbusters, it was a fun and entertaining movie. With the right cast and crew, there are still plenty of beloved stories that could receive similar treatment, and they can potentially turn out better than anyone expects.