If you love reboots as much as David Berkowitz Chicago, then there is lots to look forward too this year! A few classic TV shows are making their way to the big screen, and lots of movies are being updated for modern audiences. Here are some that you won’t want to miss!
It is hard to imagine anyone but the late Robin Williams starring in this fantasy tale, but Dwayne Johnson is going to give it his best shot taking on the lead role of Dr. Smolder Bravestone. Offered as a tribute to Williams, this reboot version follows four troubled teens who get drawn into a very dangerous game. Also starring Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Nick Jonas.
The 1970s TV series about motorcycle cops is reimagined for the big screen – Dax Shepard will star as Officer Jon Baker, while Michael Peña will take on the role of Ponch that made Eric Estrada a star decades ago. It goes without saying that this will be a humorous take on the original. Also starring Vincent D’Onofiro, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell and Jane Kaczmarek.
This reboot updates the original 1990s version which starred Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland, and tells the tale of a group of medical students curious about the afterlife who use their skills to “kill” each other and then bring them back from the dead. The message of this psychological thriller is that some things are better left unknown. The reboot stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna and James Norton.
The Six Billion Dollar Man
Mark Wahlberg will bring “the bionic man” Col. Steve Austin to the big screen in this adaption of the 70s classic TV show. After crash-landing his spaceship, astronaut Steve Austin is seriously injured – he is rebuilt by the government to be “better, faster, stronger” and becomes an agent for the Office of Scientific Information, fighting for the good guys.
Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie’s page-turner is one of Detective Hercule Poirot’s most famous cases, involving a perplexing murder on a train. This remake features an all-star cast, including Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dame Judi Dench and Michael Peña. Angelina Jolie is also rumored to have joined the cast. The over-40 will surely know “who dunnit” but those unfamiliar with the story will find its complexity very satisfying!
This book-to-film contribution to this year’s box office by based on the novel by the same name written by horror-spinner Stephen King. This terrifying tale recounts an epic battle between good and evil personified by a group of misfit adolescents in a small town and Pennywise, the scariest clown you can imagine.
The Dark Tower
Stephen King fans will be split between those who can’t wait for this film and those who think it should never have been made. Based on the book of King’s Gunslinger series, the Dark Tower is a post-apocalyptic cowboy story starring Idris Elba as Roland Deschain, with Matthew McConaughey as the Man in Black. A tale of good and evil in a world where gunslingers have become the keepers of honor and tradition.
Be sure to check out some of these entertaining box office reboots!