Everyone has a love-hate relationship with movie remakes. For every Parent Trap, there’s a Footloose; for every Ocean’s 11, an Overboard. Everything old is new again, and some of our most beloved films are getting a second life (to both our excitement and dismay). But there’s no escaping it. So instead, mark your calendars, because here is a comprehensive list of movie remakes coming soon to a theatre near you.
Assemble your crew, because a new Charlie's Angels film is in the works. This version will introduce a new era of Angels played by Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott (Power Rangers) and newcomer Ella Balinska. Elizabeth Banks is also pulling double-duty on the revival: she'll be taking the director's seat and co-starring as Bosley, the stand-in for the mysterious owner of their detective agency, Charlie Townsend.
Expected release: September 27, 2019
A Star Is Born
A Star is Born has been done thrice before, most recently with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. This time, Bradley Cooper directs and stars alongside Lady Gaga, making her first big-screen outing. Raise your hand if you're curious to hear what Cooper's singing voice is like.
Expected release: October 5, 2018
It's a whole new world for Prince Ali in the live-action remake of Disney's animated classic. Directed by Guy Ritchie, this Aladdin will star brand-new Charlie's Angel Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Will Smith as Genie (!!!) and Canadian Mena Massoud in the titular role. Expect new songs co-written by Alan Menken, the original film's composer, and the song-writing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who are responsible for the catchy music of La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman.
Expected release: May 24, 2019
Chinese actress Liu Yifei—who also co-starred opposite Jackie Chan and Jet Li in 2008's The Forbidden Kingdom—will star as Mulan in the live-action remake of the 1998 favourite. From the sounds of it, this version will be starkly different from the animated original. There will be no Li Shang (Mulan's love interest), no Mushu and perhaps most shocking: it will not be a musical. Here's hoping Xtina will grace us with a remix of "Reflection" anyway.
Expected release: March 27, 2020
The dynamic duo of Robin Hood and Little John are still stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, but with higher stakes: this time, they're taking on the English Crown. Although it's gotten some flack for its historically inaccurate costumes, this epic live-action version—starring Jamie Foxx, Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Bono's daughter/The Knick's Eve Hewson as Maid Marian—promises lots of bow-and-arrow warfare, explosions and revolts.
Expected release: November 21, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns
Who better to step into the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious shoes of Mary Poppins than Emily Blunt? Our fave Brit in Hollywood is set to star alongside Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. In the new film, Poppins' umbrella transports her back to London with the goal of bringing joy back into the Banks' lives after some trying times. If that's not enough: Meryl Streep also stars in the film as Mary's cousin Topsy.
Expected release: December 19, 2018
Yes, the Louisa May Alcott novel is being adapted again, this time with Greta Gerwig at the helm. The Lady Bird director has reportedly put together an all-star cast, including Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep and Timothée Chalamet. Considering all have been nominated (or won) an Academy Award, we think it's safe to say this will generate some major awards-season buzz.
Expected release: 2019
The Lion King
We're just going to leave the picture of the cast here. No need to say more Hakuna matata.
Expected release: July 19, 2019
The cute Christmas-time classic Home Alone is getting a more R-rated update. It was recently announced that Canadian heartthrob Ryan Reynolds will produce and potentially star in this parody, which will follow a young man in his 20s who misses his ride to his holiday trip. He decides to stay home and get high instead, only to find out that robbers are trying to break into his house. Expect some bloodshot eyes and booby-trapped shenanigans.
Expected release: TBA
West Side Story
How do you remake a beloved classic? You start with Steven Spielberg at the helm. The award-winning director is taking on West Side Story for the big screen, making it the second incarnation of the story for film (the original 1961 film was based on the 1957 Broadway musical), which is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. All we know so far is that Ansel Elgort will be playing Tony, the founder of the Jets. That leaves us with a lot of questions: Will this be a full on modern retelling? Who will be the Maria to Elgort's Tony? And when will be able to dance our way into theatres singing, "I feel pretty/Oh, so pretty"?
Expected release: TBA
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