Every year, Hollywood makes great films, but every year, Hollywood makes mistakes too.
In addition to financial profit, there needs to be a logical reason to remake or reboot a movie.
Perhaps presenting a modern narrative, in order that the new productions reach the current generation. But it is also necessary to have originality and independence from your source of inspiration.
In recent years many remakes have appeared but few dared or had enough personality to alter or add some points, without excluding the essence of the previous one.
When they do not copy and paste the original conventionally, they prefer to invest in visual effects and ignore important plot developments.
We prepared some examples of remakes that their existence had no function or little added to the original work.
The Psycho remake was a failed attempt to create a version in color. Features a different cast, and is set in 1998, it is closer to a shot-for-shot remake than most remakes, often copying Hitchcock’s camera movements and editing, and Joseph Stefano’s script is mostly carried over.
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide classified the film as a “bomb,” compared to the four-out-of-four stars he gave the original of 1960. He describes it as a “Slow, stilted, completely pointless scene-for-scene remake of the Hitchcock classic (with a few awkward new touches to taint its claim as an exact replica.)” He ultimately calls it “an insult, rather than a tribute, to a landmark film.
The film earned $37,141,130 at the worldwide box office. The film’s production budget was an estimated $60 million. Certainly, gifting a place in a Hollywood mistakes gallery.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005 is the biggest example we can have of an unnecessary remake. The original movie, from 1971, with Gene Wilder, despite not having the current special effects, was perfect in every way.
Although it was a box office success it did not please fans of the original film, becoming more one of Hollywood mistakes.
In 2007, Gene Wilder said he chose not to see the film. “The thing that put me off… I like Johnny Depp, I like him, as an actor I like him very much… but when I saw little pieces in the promotion of what he was doing, I said I don’t want to see the film, because I don’t want to be disappointed in him.” In 2013, when Wilder was asked about the Burton adaptation, he said, “I think it’s an insult. It’s probably Warner Bros.’ insult.” He also criticized the choices that Burton made as a director, saying, “I don’t care for that director. He’s a talented man, but I don’t care for him doing stuff like he did.”
Conan the Barbarian (2011)
Even with Jason Momoa as the main actor for Conan the Barbarian, the movie did not please the public and criticize. The 1982 movie was a success that took the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger to be known worldwide. And the new version would have to be much superior to be able to win over the public. But what we see is a movie and cliché-ridden script. The film cost $90 million to make and earned only $48.8 million worldwide. The film was a box office bomb.
The original 1984 Footloose with Kevin Bacon was a hit at the time. Today considered a classic, the film ended with the invitation of Bacon “let’s Dance!”.The remake has a lousy edition, meaningless cast, the dance numbers woefully inadequate.It grossed $15.5 million in its opening weekend and $63 million worldwide from a $24 million budget.
The Karate Kid (2010)
The Karate Kid of 1984 is part of the affective memory of a whole generation. Miyagi (Pat Morita) taught a lot about humility, patience and how to exploit child labor. The Master was the caretaker that everyone would like to have. Then Hollywood arrives and decides to make a remake, but where’s the money? In China. Who is the great name of martial arts? Jackie Chan? Fine, but he fights Kung Fu, not Karate, which is a Japanese martial art. Will anyone notice the difference? And let’s call Will Smith’s son to please the guy.
Ghostbusters, the freak of 2016 that is half remake, half reboot and managed to alienate both fans of the original film and the new audience, achieving the feat of marking all possible negative points of a remake of a franchise with a loyal audience.The movie ended up being a box office bomb, with losses of over $70 million for the studio. Consequently, the studio abandoned plans for a sequel, eventually opting to continue the original Ghostbusters’ series instead.
Total Recall (2012)
Total Recall received generally negative reviews from critics. It received praise for its action sequences and acting, but the lack of humor, emotional subtlety, and character development drew immense criticism.
The 1990 classic with Arnold was set on Mars. Mutants, Sharon Stone, prostitutes with three boobs, alien pyramids, robot taxis, the film has the perfect recipe.
They removed all that and put Colin Farrell as the protagonist and the story takes place all on Earth, surely everyone who watched the first one will love to review the story and forget about this bad remake. More one unnecessary Hollywood mistake.
Ben-Hur was called by Hollywood observers the summer’s biggest box office bomb, and one of the biggest flops of 2016.
The Hollywood Reporter placed Ben-Hur among the biggest summer box office risks of 2016. While Forbes deemed it “the summer’s most predictable miss/catastrophe”. In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross about $15 million in its opening weekend. That’s a disappointing figure considering its $100 million production cost. Yeah. Hollywood knows how to make big mistakes!
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
For comedic reasons, Around the World in 80 Days intentionally deviated wildly from the novel and included a number of anachronistic elements. With production costs of about $110 million and estimated marketing costs of $30 million and stars in the cast like Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But it earned $24 million at the U.S. box office and $72 million worldwide, making it a box office flop. It was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s last film before he took a hiatus from acting to become Governor of California.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Fantastic Four styled as FANT4STIC. It was a box office bomb, grossing $168 million worldwide against a production budget of $155 million and losing up to $100 million. At the 36th Golden Raspberry Awards, it won in the categories for Worst Director, Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel, and Worst Picture (the latter tied with Fifty Shades of Grey) and was also nominated for Worst Screen Combo and Worst Screenplay. See? We ended with one of the biggest Hollywood mistakes!