The Magnificent 7 is back! The 1960 classic is getting a new lick of paint in the form of Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Check out the trailer for the remake below! We thought this was the perfect opportunity to revisit 7 magnificent movies that all but the best film buffs may not have known were remakes!
1. Dredd – 2012
This 2012 remake is based in a post-apocalyptic future where the world has become a wasteland and the remaining inhabitants live in a vast metropolis, ruled over by merciless law enforcers known as ‘judges’. Judge Dredd, played by Karl Urban, and his apprentice partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) are tasked to bring order to a 200 storey high rise block of flats and deal with its resident drug lord, Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). The original film, Judge Dredd, was released in 1995 and starred Sylvester Stallone and Diane Lane. Despite this stellar cast and a budget of $90 million, critics didn’t warm to the film. The film only grossed $113.5 million worldwide, making it a huge flop.
2. The Mummy – 1999
Starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz, The Mummy was a surprise hit, taking $416 million worldwide. Its success led to 2 sequels which were ultimately unnecessary. However, what many people don’t know is that this film was based on a 1932 film, also called The Mummy, which also had a very strong reception, especially in the UK, and laid a lot of groundwork for future Mummy movies. Universal has also recently announced that they will be making yet another remake of the film starring Tom Cruise, due for release in June 2017.
3. Some Like it Hot – 1959
This movie is often touted as one of the best films ever made. Famously starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, the film was controversial for its themes of cross dressing and homosexual undertones, but the film was a smash hit, paving the way for progressive tones in cinema. Most people will be unaware that the plot is based on a French film, Fanfare of Love, also about two unemployed musicians who try to get positions in a women’s orchestra. Sound familiar?
4. Ocean’s Eleven – 2001
This 2001 comedy film had quite possibly the best all-star cast of modern times featuring George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Andy Garcia. The heist movie follows a group of criminals who plan and attempt to rob a casino. It was a huge success both at the box office and with critics and was the fifth highest grossing film of 2001. Two sequels were made, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen and another ‘Ocean’s’ film with an all-female cast is in development. This was a remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
5. Scarface – 1983
Scarface is yet another of those classic films that are in fact a remake. This 1983 gangster film starring Al Pacino is one of the classics of the genre, but had mixed critical reception upon release with critics bemoaning that the violence was gratuitous and the film too long. However, audiences disagreed and it was a success at the box office worldwide. It was actually a remake of the 1932 film of the same name, which is in turn based on the 1929 novel, which is based on the rise and fall of Al Capone!
6. Parent Trap – 1998
This one is a classic, and one that is so often parodied that surely no one can fail to know the plot (no spoilers here). An adorable 11 year old Lindsay Lohan stars in this movie with Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson playing her parents. The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success. This is another film with a long origin story, while some people may know that this was a remake of the 1961 film, most people will not know that this was based on the 1949 book, Lottie and Lisa, which in turn was inspired by the 1936 film Three Smart Girls. The trail runs cold there at least!
7. The Magnificent 7 – 2016
So we come to our magnificent seventh remake, The Magnificent Seven. This 2016 movie, released on 23rd September, stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke. Critics have given mixed reviews and it remains to be seen how well audiences will respond. This is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name and has grown in esteem since its release, mainly due to the cast. What many may not know is that the 1960 version was itself based on a 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai.
How many did you know were remakes? If you love any of these films on the list, (some of) the originals are well worth a watch, and even some of the remakes are great too!