There needs to be a reboot of Touchstone Pictures' "Con Air." You know the film about paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage with long hair) trapped on a hijacked prisoner transport plane. And with the popularity of shows and films like "Orange Is The New Black" and the recent "Ghostbusters" remake, it should be an all-female version of Con Air. Though that original cast will be hard to beat: John Cusack, John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames and Dave Chappelle as Pinball.
The original story of everyone's favorite cheerleader turned chosen one is ready for a reboot. The original 1992 movie, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," (20th Century Fox) has plenty of flaws -- Lothos, I'm looking at you -- but was one of my first inductions to a strong, witty female hero. I'd love to see Buffy learn to deal with vampires, and high school, in modern day Los Angeles. Excitement over the 20th anniversary of Joss Whedon's TV series "Buffy theVampire Slayer" certainly proves there's appetite for more badass slayer action.
Warner Bros.' "Falling Down," set in San Francisco, would instead revolve around tech-biz hate and discontent. I envision slapping cell phones out out of people's hands, chucking laptops into churning construction pits, jamming Uber frequencies and embarrassing disruptive outbursts at posh company parties.
Undo the meandering TV show and bring back the idea of pharaohs hanging out with ancient aliens who look like Egyptian gods. Also, Kurt Russell fits more into his role as the gruff Colonel Jack O'Neil now than he did back in 1994. Make Stargate great again, Hollywood. Reboot it.
The theme of "Twelve Monkeys" (Atlas Entertainment), in which someone from the future is trying to stop the end of the world by going back in the past, never gets old, especially in the times that we live in now. Even more so since the twist would be that someone in the news would pick it up and run their story only to be called out as fake news.
"Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" (Lucasfilm) is undoubtedly the biggest blight on the Star Wars franchise. Recognizing that we're already in the midst of a Star Wars reboot cycle, it may be a few years before this one rises to the top of the pile. But assuming things continue to go well with the new trilogy and any spin-offs along the way, at a certain point the clamor to redo Episode 1 (as in: fully eradicate and replace its precursor, as though it never existed) will reach a fever pitch.
Obviously the bar is low for improving the storyline and characters (any child of the '80s could scratch out an upgrade over a lunch break) but the realm of prequel possibilities is nearly unbounded. Basically, a clean slate here, no need whatsoever to stick with any story elements that weren't implied in the original IV-V-VI trilogy. We know we've got an Obi Wan and an Anakin ... beyond that, the galaxy is limitless.
The original "Anaconda" (Columbia Pictures) was wonderfully terrible. With the technology that we have now, this could actually turn into a great, less corny movie. Maybe Rose Byrne could be the new J-Lo?
Who doesn't want to see a reboot of "Pacific Heights" (Morgan Creek Productions), a psychological thriller starring Michael Keaton set in one of the most expensive areas of San Francisco? The story is about two dreamy-eyed lovebirds who buy a property they can't possibly afford. Sound familiar? This is basically everybody in 2017. They rent out the spare rooms to tenants, which is when the nightmare begins. The world is having a bit of a Keaton renaissance right now (think "Birdman," "The Founder") so it's about time to give one of the most underrated movies in his back catalog some love.
- Lexy Savvides, senior editor
Published:Caption:Jason ParkerPhoto:Morgan Creek Productions
You've Got Mail
"You've Got Mail" (Warner Bros.) is such a relic of the '90s that it predicted many of the things that are ruining the internet today. I'd be interested to see how someone would adapt a plot that involved AOL and a bookstore chain that's putting an independent bookstore out of business. In the modern version, maybe the main characters would be accidental Snapchat buddies and one would work at a bookstore chain and the other would work at Amazon.
Somewhere beneath the shots of a naked, frozen Sylvester Stalone and Wesley Snipes chewing scenery beyond recognition, is an idea for "Demolition Man" (Silver Pictures) that could work as an action-focused spin on the keen dystopian novel "Super Sad, Super True Love Story." There's a LOT that would have to be changed, but there's a gem hidden within the film's garbage.
"Double Jeopardy" (Paramount Pictures) was generally hated by critics because the "double jeopardy" premise is ridiculous and doesn't make any legal sense. Ignoring the dumb title, the story had potential. A mother framed by her husband for his murder, desperate to get her child back, hunts down and actually kills the scumbag husband who ruined her life? I'd so watch Emily Blunt do a hard R-rated reboot.