back to article Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

It's been clear for decades that Hollywood is almost completely out of ideas and nothing is sacred when mining the past for inspiration. Disney, not content with flogging Marvel's back catalogue until everyone's sick to death of it, has set about rebooting its animated classics in live-action (read: CGI) remakes (I mean, you …

  1. malle-herbert Silver badge
    Joke

    Why ?

    We allready have Rick & Morty !

  2. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    I believe this is still relevant

    But you know I saw this movie this year called last year called er, 'Basic Instinct'. Okay now. Bill's quick capsule review: Piece-of-Shit. Okay now. Yeah, yeah, end of story by the way. Don't get caught up in that fevered hype phoney fucking debate about that Piece-of-Shit movie. "Is it too sexist, and what about the movies, are they becoming too dddddddd." You're, you're just confused, you don't get, you've forgotten how to judge correctly. Take a deep breath huuh, look at it again. "Oh it's a Piece-of-Shit!" Exactly, that's all it is. Satan squatted, let out a loaf, they put a fucking title on it, put it on a marquee, Satan's shit, piece of shit, walk away. "But is it too, what about the lesbian connot.. ddddd." You're, you're getting really baffled here. Piece-of-Shit! Now walk away. That's all it is, it's nothing more! Free yourself folks, if you see it, Piece-of-Shit, say it and walk away. You're right! You're right! Not those fuckers who want to tell you how to think! You're fucking right! Sorry wrong meeting again. I keep getting my days mixed up. tomorrow, it's the meeting at the docks. Tonight it's comedy entertainment with young Bill. Horrible film. And then I come to find out after that film. that all the lesbian sex scenes, let me repeat that, all the lesbian sex scenes were cut out of that film, because the test audience was turned off by them. Ha. Boy, is my thumb not on the pulse of America.

    Bill Hicks

  3. Adelio

    Reboots

    Some are ok, some are appalling

    The "new" ghostbusters was in the appalling category.

    If you HAVE to do a reboot PLEASE

    1. Do NOT repeat an existing film

    2. Actually get a good script. Spend money, Take your time and get the script right. It is "easy" to make a good looking film with CGI BUT without a good story it is just a wast of money.

    If you have a good story then this will shine through.

  4. Chz

    Re: Reboots

    On the plus side, a reboot would (I assume) involve someone from today going back to the 1980s. I think there's plenty of material to be mined from that. Maybe with a few references to the original thrown in there. Even more fun if they set it in the UK!

  5. Uncle Slacky Silver badge

    Re: Reboots

    I think Hot Tub Time Machine probably milked the 80s for all it was worth, time-travel-wise.

    Edit: Also the short-lived TV series "Do Over".

  6. Outski

    Re: Reboots

    Well I liked Ghostbusters...

  7. Kane Silver badge

    Re: I believe this is still relevant

    I've found that over the 24 years since his untimely passing, he has always held relevance.

    Remember kids, it's just a ride.

  8. Kane Silver badge
    Thumb Down

    Re: Reboots

    "Well I liked Ghostbusters..."

    The funniest thing about the reboot of Ghostbusters was Chris "You know, an aquarium is a submarine for fish" Hemsworth.

    For me, the rest was just cringe.

  9. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Re: Reboots

    "If you have a good story then this will shine through."

    Most of the listed proposed re-makes/re-boots are SF films. There's an enourmouse amount of decent SF books out there that have never made it to the big (or small) screen. Often because they were visually difficult or impossible to make previously. I mean, a quick scan through the Hugo or Nebula winners might be a good place to start.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Reboots

    Most of the listed proposed re-makes/re-boots are SF films. There's an enourmouse amount of decent SF books out there that have never made it to the big (or small) screen. Often because they were visually difficult or impossible to make previously.

    Correct. Ready Player One made it to screen, Snow Crash might never. Ender's Game tried hard.

    A Judge Dredd sequel? A re-remake of Total Recall [good this time]?

  11. Daniel von Asmuth Bronze badge
    Linux

    what the people want

    What? No sequels to Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck cartoons?!

  12. My other car WAS an IAV Stryker
    Childcatcher

    Re: what the people want

    Plenty of TV reboots on Disney / Disney Junior.

    I wish I let my kids watch better stuff, but it's all too crude and/or violent.

  13. HildyJ

    Re: what the people want

    How about a 'live action' Bugs Bunny?

  14. Stevie Silver badge

    Re: what the people want

    See: Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

  15. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Re: what the people want

    the CGI version of 'Steamboat Willy' is probably on the table, someplace...

  16. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Devil

    Re: what the people want

    "but it's all too crude and/or violent."

    And therefore, FUN (instead of 'saturday morning schlock for the widdle kiddies').

    ESPECIALLY nauseating when the aforementioned SCHLOCK contains all of those 'parental lessons' embedded within them. [cartoons are supposed to be FUN, not an attempt at Disney doing parents' jobs for them].

    /me fondly remembers Animaniacs, which I have the great fortune to have seen for the FIRST time as an adult [so I got all of the jokes].

  17. Jamesit

    Re: what the people want

    I think a live action Road Runner would be great.

  18. Matthew Taylor

    Re: what the people want

    "ESPECIALLY nauseating when the aforementioned SCHLOCK contains all of those 'parental lessons' embedded within them. [cartoons are supposed to be FUN, not an attempt at Disney doing parents' jobs for them]."

    Inspector Gadget springs to mind. As a young'un I felt personally insulted by that programme. It's creators must have considered me especially dim, if they thought I wouldn't notice the plodding do-gooder messages sprinkled throughout it.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: what the people want, finger Prince!

    I do so love the humor in that show.

    "Dust for prints" "I found Prince!" "No, finger prints!" "I don't think so..."

  20. Simon Harris Silver badge
    Coat

    Re: what the people want

    "the CGI version of 'Steamboat Willy' is probably on the table, someplace..."

    I'm sure there's already a live-action Steamboat Willy. Probably on PronHub.

  21. scott2718282828

    Re: what the people want

    Live action Road Runner has already been done - The Villain from 1979.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080097/

    Arnold Schwartzenegger as the Road Runner, Kirk Douglas as the Coyote, Ann-Margaret just because. Looks like a western, but has a lot of old Road Runner gags.

  22. Steven Raith

    Hmm.

    I'd suggest whomever they polled have never actually seen any of the more recent reboots.

    I mean, name one that is anything other than 'better than expected', when 'expected' has become 'utterly godawful' lately.

    Steven "it's OK though, the originals will still be enjoyable so don't stress too much" R

  23. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

    Re: originals will still be enjoyable

    George Lucas will see to that.

  24. Lee D Silver badge

    Re: Hmm.

    I think you're right.

    I hate "sequels/remakes for the sake of it". That kills so many franchises for me.

    Bladerunner, Total Recall, Ghostbusters, all kinds of things have been ruined by re-makes.

    Very, very, very few movies series ever get the momentum going... I was honestly surprised that MiB3 was actually as good as it turned out (mainly cos I love the little time-guy character, and they cast the "young" K really well).

    Even Aliens was killed by the "too many sequels" thing and they STILL keep banging on it and the Predator franchises.

    Some things are just better left alone. Don't even get me started on "The" Italian Job...

  25. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Devil

    Re: Hmm.

    "Bladerunner, Total Recall, Ghostbusters, all kinds of things have been ruined by re-makes."

    Add 'The Day the Earth Stood Still'. A perfect example of why NOT to do a remake.

    Klaatu. Barada. Nikto [mumble mumble mumble]. Heh.

    (I hear "they" wanna do a remake of THAT movie, too - the one where the protagonist says that shoutout phrase like a magic incantation, improperly, and comedy ensues - I have the DVD but for those who haven't seen it, let them google for it, heh)

  26. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
    Childcatcher

    Re: Hmm.

    For every great remake, there are a hundred reheated, rehashed and regurgitated movies and TV shows. I can think of only four remakes or reboots I enjoyed*. That's a remarkably bad return on all the time and effort and put into the productions.

    * The only exceptions to this I can think of are movies based on Shakespeare**

    ** Other than anything having to do with Romeo and Juliet. I just want them to kick off and be done with it. I can't help it. They're so annoying!

  27. Steven Raith

    Re: Hmm.

    They want to remake Army of Darkness?

    I'm not sure how they can do that, given that it's basically a loose story tied around Bruce Campbells ability to do physical comedy, ham it up, and spit out false bravado like it was going out of fashion. The rest of the plot is fine, but is basically an excuse to do some neat practical effects.

    Steven R

    (army of darkness is genuinely one of my all time favourite films, so I might be biased)

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: originals will still be enjoyable

    They should make a new version of Star Wars Holiday Special - I want to see the funny shenanigans of Jar Jar and his family!

  29. The Dogs Meevonks

    Re: Hmm.

    Only the greatest comedy horror movie of ALL TIME...

    Now I want some sugar. :/

  30. JohnFen Silver badge

    Re: Hmm.

    "For every great remake"

    All three of them?

  31. Steven Raith

    Re: originals will still be enjoyable

    "They should make a new version of Star Wars Holiday Special - I want to see the funny shenanigans of Jar Jar and his family!"

    I don't wanna see Jar Jars dad watching the equivalent of cross species porn, though.

    (seriously that was one weird sequence in the Holiday Special...)

    Steven R

  32. Boo Radley

    Re: originals will still be enjoyable

    I'm almost ashamed to say it, but I liked the Family Guy spoofs of the Star Wars movies better than the originals. Downvote away!!

  33. Nolveys Silver badge

    Re: originals will still be enjoyable

    They should make a new version of Star Wars Holiday Special - I want to see the funny shenanigans of Jar Jar and his family!

    Remember to get the deluxe edition. It comes with a bottle of whisky and a hand gun.

  34. macjules Silver badge

    Re: Hmm.

    There is a whole new genre of The Evil Dead TV series now (Ash vs Evil Dead), including Bruce Campbell. Sadly canned after 3 series.

  35. Kane Silver badge

    Re: Hmm.

    "Now I want some sugar. :/"

    Awww, that was just pillow talk, baby!

  36. phuzz Silver badge

    Re: Hmm.

    I believe that remake of The Italian Job would have been a perfectly acceptable, maybe even better-than-average, action/heist film if they'd just had the bloody courage to make it it's own film, and not try and rip-off a classic.

  37. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    Re: Hmm.

    "If you have a good story then this will shine through."

    There can be only one...and it doesn't involve tacked on aliens!

    (there ya go, two for one)

  38. Steven Raith

    Re: Hmm.

    Ash Vs Evil Dead was cracking good fun.

    The, I think, penultimate episode ending musical sting was very good.

    Only three series, but all three were very good and worth a watch if you like comedy, gore (lots of gore) and some reasonably atmospheric horror elements - and of course, with Lucy Lawless and Brucey in there, more ham than a pork factory.

    Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago were, it must be said, also well matched to the series too.

    Better to go a bit early while good than to go on too long and get....well, look at the Simpsons.

    Steven R

  39. TRT Silver badge

    I watched Back to the Future 2 last night...

    I always seem to manage to miss the first bit of the film... except last night... Is that Michael J Fox in drag playing his own daughter?

  40. Luiz Abdala

    Re: I watched Back to the Future 2 last night...

    Yes, he did. He played as his own daughter. It took me 10 years to figure it out too.

  41. cam

    This time, 'Marty' will be a woman, cos why shouldn't women be into science, and play guitar, and travel back in time. Doctor Who is a woman, and women are busting ghosts. Make sense.

    Waiting for a reboot of Larry Croft. :D

  42. illiad

    what about Galactica?

    YES, Galactica, where that main 'hunky man' was replaced by a woman?? thoughts please...

    For BTF, the whole cast needs revamp.. sounds about as good as the ghostbuster revamp.. ONLY good as a 'comedy tribute'...

  43. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Devil

    forcing women into 'remake' character roles

    "This time, 'Marty' will be a woman"

    This would, after all, empower Holly-weird SJW-types to forcibly cram "this is how it was in the 1950's which is why we do not return to it" exaggerated 'misogyny' (their definition of it). As entertainment. And indoctrination.

    and when THAT kind of thing happens, their ticket sales reflect audience desire to NOT have politics crammed at them when they go to the movies to ESCAPE it...

    There seem to be a lot of crapsack-world post-apocalytpic movies, too. Where's the _ENTERTAINMENT_ in THAT kind of "doom/gloom" everywhere? I thought people went to the movies to have FUN? ['feeding the WRONG wolf', to quote another movie that's QUITE a bit more positive, something that was NOT a remake, either - it sets the doom/gloomers up as either the BAD guys, or those who've given up, and the young millenial protagonist as AN OPTIMIST, despite everything]

  44. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Re: what about Galactica?

    YES, Galactica, where that main 'hunky man' was replaced by a woman?? thoughts please...

    To be fair 'Face man' was a really crap actor....

    Even his best effort (the episode that wrote out his character Robinson Crusoe style) was only a fair to middling effort.

    As to 'hunky' - people are weird - 'Starbuck' in male or female form could never be considered a reliable love interest, a self absorbed car crash personality in both cases.

  45. dbtx Bronze badge

    'Marty' will be a woman

    but then to be Even More Fairer, Uncle Joey will be Aunt Joy. "better get used to these bars, kid..." since, ya know, women are severely under-represented in the typical state corrections system. Just sayin'.

  46. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    "Waiting for a reboot of Larry Croft. :D"

    Damn! You made me create an extra 31 accounts so I could upvote you properly :-D

  47. Mooseman Bronze badge

    Re: what about Galactica?

    The BSG was rather good, until they ran out of ideas at the end. No reason the heroic pilot shouldn't be a woman, I thought she was very good.

  48. Luiz Abdala

    Great Scott!

    This is heavy.

    We don't need a reboot or remake.

    They mangled She-Ra into a queer... and the villains are not by-the-book evil... just misunderstood girls this time. Hordak is just watching from afar...

    Now this.

    I'm ok with Avatar 2, because IDGAF.

  49. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Great Scott!

    'a queer'? Nice one, bigot.

  50. #define INFINITY -1

    Re: Great Scott!

    Isn't that now acceptable, because "LGBTQ"? Of course it then doesn't mean "LGB or T".

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