I personally think this argument can go both ways. The retelling of "Romeo & Juliet" has been done again and again. Everyone has their favorite. I loved the last one, except I found it sad that Romeo was prettier than Juliet. No diss on the actress Hailee Stanfield, but Douglas Booth is like an Italian statue.
There's no reason to remake "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" as we discussed here yesterday. Or "Grease" -- too iconic and who could ever be a better Zuko than John Travolta? A better Sandy than Olivia Newton John? That being said, I loved the live version.
I get the paying homage bit. People want to embrace beloved characters for themselves. One of my favorite movies is "Sabrina" with Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Audrey Hepburn.
But I also love the updated version with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond. I saw this today and it made me think about how harshly we judge an iconic movie -- combined with two iconic actors. "Julia Ormond, in the Hepburn role, is exquisitely regardable."
I thought she was really cute in it. Let's get this straight. There will never be another Audrey Hepburn. Or Bogart. But Harrison Ford is you know, Harrison Ford. We'll take him. But how do you find an actress who stands up to that?
Obviously, I never saw a reason to remake "Pride and Prejudice" after Colin's iconic Darcy. But the truth is, I felt that way about David Rintoul in 1980 and it's why it took me so long to watch Colin's version.
So I'd like to never see "Bridget Jones's Diary" made again.
And I'm open to a new version of "Sleepless in Seattle."
What about you? What do you never want to see remade? And what's up for a reboot?