'Stargate,' 'Terminator,' 'Poltergeist' – The Latest on Upcoming Remakes and Reboots

It's no secret that in addition to Hollywood's ongoing obsession with sequelizing movies, there's a large chunk of the market dedicated to rebooting and remaking previous films.

This week brought a flood of remake and reboot announcements including a Stargate trilogy and new developments in the Terminator and Poltergeist movies.

Are you looking forward to any of the remakes/reboots mentioned below?

 

Stargate

While speaking about the potential of Will Smith returning for Roland Emmerich's Independence Day sequel, the director said that he still had hope of continuing the Stargate story he began in the 1994 movie. Too much time has passed since the first film, not to mention three TV spin-offs.

Emmerich said, "We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we'll have to look for a writer and start."

Would you want to see a rebooted Stargate trilogy? Who would you cast in it?

 

Shivers

David Cronenberg has helmed some classic films over the course of his long career including The Fly, Scanners, Videodrome and A History of Violence. Variety reports that one of his earlier films, Shivers (aka They Came from Within), is now being remade by Danish filmmaker Rie Rasumussen. Rasmussen has written, directed and starred in her two feature films, the most recent being Romance in the Dark.

Shivers centers on residents of a suburban high-rise building who are infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends who seek to infect others via sexual contact.

 

The Cowboys

Tommy Lee Jones has a solid history in the Western genre starring in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and Lonesome Dove, among other titles. His latest project will see him remaking the John Wayne film The Cowboys.

The plot follows a rancher who recruits a crew of boys to help him drive his herd of cattle when none of the local men will join him. Along the way, he contends with a gang of cattle thieves who are following them along the way. It is not known if Jones will star in the remake as well, but wouldn't you love to see this face stare down a bunch of cattle thieves?

 

The Island of Dr. Moreau

If you looked at what was playing in theaters this year, chances are there was a sci-fi movie on the big screen. Sci-fi is huge right now and Leonardo DiCaprio and his production company Appian Way are looking to capitalize by remaking The Island of Dr. Moreau.

Written by sci-fi author H.G. Wells, the story centers on a man who is rescued and brought to an island and discovers that its inhabitants are being turned into strange-looking humans. The story has been made for the screen several times, the most recent being the abysmal version starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer in the mid-'90s.

No word now if DiCaprio plans to star in the film, but chances are he will most likely be involved in a producer role.

 

Terminator

The Terminator reboot hitting theaters on June 26, 2015 just got interesting. Rather than a franchise that is continuing to coast along on its long-passed glory by releasing endless sequels, the decision to reboot it just might work. Arnold Schwarzenegger has already announced that he would return for the fifth film in the franchise although how extensive his role would be has not been determined yet.

Variety revealed yesterday that Game of Thrones and Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor is currently in talks to helm the film. It's certainly an inspired idea and one that suggests that Paramount isn't going to just mail this film in.

The only thing that might give fans pause is that the film is being written by Patrick Lussier who has brought us such gems as Drive Angry, Dracula 2000 as well as directing the My Bloody Valentine remake and White Noise 2 (yes, there was a sequel).

Time will tell, but are you excited for a fifth Terminator movie?

 

Poltergeist

The Poltergeist remake is slowly assembling a solid cast and might prove to be a surprise hit next year. Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt are already on board and now Jared Harris has joined the project.

Fans will probably best recognize Harris as Moriarty in the recent Sherlock Holmes movies, Lane Pryce on Mad Men or David Jones from Fringe. Harris is a solid addition to this cast. He's also joined the movie adaptation of the cult classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

 

Annie

When we last heard about the Annie remake, coproducers Will Smith and Jay-Z had just cast Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis in the title role. While we continue to wonder why anyone would want to remake a classic like Annie, the film has since added Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne and most recently Bobby Cannavale to its expanding cast.

Foxx is playing Benjamin Stacks ('Daddy' Oliver Warbucks in the original), Diaz as Miss Hannigan and Byrne is playing Grace. Cannavale will play a political advisor to Foxx's character as he makes a mayoral run in New York.

Are you interested in this Annie remake or should they have left this '80s flick alone?

 

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