Open Thread: What would you remake?

(by chris the cynic)

When copyright isn’t a concern stories are often kept alive by changing with the times.  The heart of the story is taken, the dated trappings, blind-spots, and shortcomings are shed, and it is made into a story of the present time.  Later some of the very things that made it present will be part of the dated trappings, blind-spots, and shortcomings that are shed when the story is reinvigorated again.

It’s a model of continuity without stagnation.

In an era of copyright the process has the breaks thrown on (with fan-fiction being the exception.)  But in our imagination that doesn’t have to be the case.  Many things were good for what they suggested more than what they were, other things were good but held back by the problems of the time (Sneakers still holds up very well in my opinion, but it only has a single female major character and a single non-white character.  One imagines that you could take the good and make a more diverse remake.)

So, with all of that junk I just said in mind, what would you remake?

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

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4 thoughts on “Open Thread: What would you remake?

  1. christhecynic June 9, 2015 at 7:19 am

    After the Empire Strikes Back came out Mark Hamill was asked about the possibility that Leia was the other Skywalker. He didn’t know she was yet and was dismissive of the idea. Why? Because she’s already the only woman in the galaxy so making her a potential Jedi too is way too much pressure to put on one person.

    There’s no reason that she had to be the only woman. Hell, Han Solo would have been awesome as a female character.

    Star Wars could really do with a remake with more diversity of everything. Also tightening up the plot which, let’s face it, changed from movie to movie. (Jedi Truth had to be introduced to retcon that in the first movie Vader really did kill Luke’s father and Obi wasn’t lying.)

    My mother, my sister, and I all remembered the cartoon of Rikki-tikki-tavi as being so much better and more detailed than it was. I want to see the version we remembered, even though it didn’t exist.

    Nu-Trek needs to die, be destroyed, and have all reference to it erased, excised, redacted, and chiseled out of history. Then Star Trek should be remade. Well.

    The Breakfast Club.

    Real Genius needs more diversity than one girl and one asian character.

    Seaquest was better than a lot of things in terms of diversity (if I remember correctly) but it was scattered and inconsistent in terms of plot, quality and… pretty much everything.

    I think you’re all probably getting a sense of the genres I live in.

    For fantasy I never really had some great iconic thing that I followed, so I don’t know things that ought to be remade. Remakes (ones that aren’t greedy attempts to cash in without having to come up with a new idea) are for the things where you want to preserve the heart and soul of the thing.

    As a result with fantasy I’m more in the, “Just make new and better things, forget remakes,” camp.

    They Live. For the love of god, They Live. They Live is a perfect metaphor for everything where the problems are systemic to the point you don’t even notice them. There’s one female character and, spoiler, she’s evil.

    Want to talk about the way patriarchy is all around you and you don’t see it? Cis-sexism? An anti-poor class war? The insidious nature of consumerism blinding us to the needs of other human beings? Kyriarchy?

    The sunglasses are a metaphor for being able to suddenly look beyond superficiality and see the bad messages.

    The sunglasses are a way to see what you can’t the way a fish doesn’t see water. The sunglasses are “This is water.”

    But damn does it need an update in terms of casting.

    Stuff

  2. anamardoll June 9, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Oooh. I’d really love a LOTR that’s been gender swapped and race bent…

  3. christhecynic June 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I just noticed that Fred talked about remaking They Live in the context of, “If the Rock is going to remake a John Carpenter film…” yesterday. I’m not sold on Dwayne Johnson being the main character though, because who should pop into my head but Michelle Rodriguez.

    She would be perfect as the person who says, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass, and I’m all out of bubblegum.”

  4. Firedrake June 11, 2015 at 3:07 am

    I’m going to be really boring and say I’d rather not remake anything. Stories go on, and I can tell a story about overcoming the Big Nasty without making it Lord of the Rings. If it doesn’t have all the baggage of being a new version of an existing “property”, that seems like a much better bet for getting new ideas into play

    Meanwhile: Hermann Zapf has died.

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