Time To Grow Up

Remakes, reboots, prequels, sequels, re-imaginings – the announcement last week of a new Ghostbusters film is one of many seeking to cash in on our childhoods.

With the new take featuring an all-female Ghostbusters cast including Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, this one has a lot of promise. Other sequels to some of our favourite films are currently in the works. They could be that much-needed follow-up to a timeless classic, or otherwise a shameless attempt to exploit our adolescent memories.

 

 

Beverley Hills Cop 4

Yup. Eddie Murphy was 23 when he made the original classic, 31 years ago. Axel Foley’s not at retirement age yet and Murphy, despite a series of flops, can still deliver a decent hit as seen with 2011’s Tower Heist.

Production hasn’t started yet, with Murphy telling Rolling Stone last month: “I’m not doing a Beverly Hills Cop unless they have a really incredible script… I’m not doing a shitty movie just to make some paper. The shit got to be right.”

We’ll know pretty soon if they got the script right, with an expected release in March 2016.

 

 

Beauty and the Beast

Don’t panic, this could actually be really good. It was announced last week that Harry Potter star and Brown University graduate Emma Watson will be playing Belle in an upcoming remake.

Watson is a good choice for the role. An outspoken feminist and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador (here’s her speech for the HeForShe campaign which went viral last year), her Belle won’t be taking any crap from the likes of Gaston.

 

 

 

Zoolander 2

We now know there’s more to life than being really, really, really, really good-looking. There are also sequels.

Long in development, last week Christine Taylor announced she will be reprising her role from the original where she starred alongside husband Ben Stiller. Penelope Cruz is also on board.

No word yet on Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson or who else will be heading out for orange-mocha frappuccinos and gasoline fights. “That’s’s Mer-man! MER-MAN!”

 

 

Beetlejuice 2

Winona Ryder, star of the original, confirmed last week “as far as I know, it’s gonna happen,” with director Tim Burton confirming the sequel is “closer than ever.”

Front-man Michael Keaton confirmed he would do the sequel if Burton signed on. The Hollywood icon is in a great position post-Birdman to pick the projects he wants. It’s even possible Alec Baldwin could return if he isn’t too busy on sequel-junkie Mission Impossible (in production on its 5th entry) which has now been moved up to a July release date.

 

BUT…

Not everything is sacrilege. A remake of Jumanji appears to be in limbo, and no one is touching cult classic The Princess Bride, with star Mandy Patinkin declaring, “I hope I’m dead before that happens… I don’t want to have to go through that.”

No one does – when these sequels are reeled out over the coming years we hope they’re not another Total Recall or The Omen. But as the Ghostbusters announcement proved, just because it’s a remake doesn’t mean the studios can’t surprise us with a good idea.

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