(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.]