In 2018, we saw a bunch of reboots on the silver screen such as A Star is Born, Halloween, Robin Hood, Tomb Raider, and so on. The small screen saw a bunch of revivals as well as Queer Eye, Roseanne, Charmed, and Magnum P.I., all came back in 2018. And it's not just 2018 either. In the past decade, we've been bombarded with a slew of reboots, remakes, and revivals, and even more are still in the works. While it can be fun to see a new spin on one of your favorite childhood movies, it can also be sorely disappointing. The various reboots we've seen over the past ten years have fallen in both groups. For every A Star is Born there is a Robin Hood. Yet, despite the many failures, the Hollywood machine keeps pumping out more reboots and 2019 will not fall short.
Disney is apparently dead set on remaking all of the iconic and beloved animated features in live-action, whether it makes sense or not. With the success of It and Halloween, Hollywood has found another goldmine for reboots in horror movies. Then, you can always count on at least two big franchises to make a surprising come back any given year, and at least a couple of totally out of the blue revivals no one asked for looking to board the nostalgia hype train. Add that up and you've got yourself a mix of reboots to keep you entertained the whole year. We sifted through 2019's contenders and determined which upcoming reboots we have hope for and which we think will, sadly, drop the ball.
20 HAVE HOPE: PET SEMATARY
The master of horror, Stephen King, is coming back to movie theaters this spring. After the widely successful adaptation of It, yet another chilling story penned by King is getting the Hollywood treatment. Pet Sematary is a 1983 book which was already adapted into a movie way back in 1989. The first film did not quite hit the mark, but this 2019 remake sure seems promising.
Starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow, Pet Sematary is set to hit the theaters in April 2019. The first trailer dropped in October to generally favorable reactions. Pet Sematary looks scary and could be the next big hit for King’s live-action adaptations.
19 MIGHT NOT WORK: CHARLIE'S ANGELS
While most of you probably remember Charlie’s Angels from the early 2000s movies starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu as the eponymous Angels, those movies were, in fact, a reboot of the '70s television series of the same name. The popular female private investigator trio got yet another reboot in form of a TV show in 2011, though it was short-lived.
In 2019, Charlie’s Angels are making a comeback once again -- this time, on the big screen. Elizabeth Banks is set to direct the third reboot, starring Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska. Given that each following installment in the franchise was worse than the previous, we have little hope for this upcoming reboot.
18 HAVE HOPE: MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL
With all kinds of weird creatures lurking around, fascinating technology, whacky stories, and even whackier characters, Men in Black films have always provided us with tons of fun and excitement. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith created unforgettable characters that became full-fledged pop culture icons.
This year the franchise is breaking the mold by leaving Agents J and K behind and instead focusing on two new agents -- Chris Hemsworth’s Agent H and Tessa Thompson’s Agent M. The director is F. Gary Gray, the man behind Straight Outta Compton and The Fate of the Furious, the first trailer promises tons of easter eggs, comedy, and action, making us very excited for Men in Black International’s June 2019 theater release.
17 MIGHT NOT WORK: WHAT MEN WANT
Putting a new spin on an old favorite has been Hollywood’s go-to strategy these past few years. Many movies that were popular back in the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s are getting the genderswap treatment with varying success. In 2016, the Ghostbusters reboot did well with the critics but didn’t satisfy the audience, and the 2018 Ocean’s 8 had a similar fate.
This year, we will get yet another female take on an old movie most people probably even forgot existed. The Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt rom-com What Women Want is being genderswapped with Empire’s Taraji P. Henson in the lead role. While the concept does sound somewhat interesting, the first trailer failed to build up enough hype.
16 HAVE HOPE: THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Many of you probably remember the Addams Family movies from the early '90s. The films were based on the characters created by Charles Addams who appeared in the 1964 cartoon The Addams Family. Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christina Ricci, and Christopher Lloyd, the movies were a big hit at the box office.
The hilarious adventures of this odd goth-looking family have entertained generations and they will be making a comeback in 2019. The animated Addams Family movie is coming in October with a star-studded cast which includes Charlize Theron, Oscar Isaac, Bette Midler, and Chloe Grace Moretz, to name a few. Our hopes run high.
15 MIGHT NOT WORK: DORA THE EXPLORER
A live-action adaptation of Dora the Explorer? Why? Why is this a thing? Did anyone actually even want a Dora the Explorer reboot and in live-action no less? If, by any chance, you did please let us know why. We won’t judge. Just trying to understand.
On a serious note though, whether we want it or not, Paramount Pictures is dead-set on bringing Dora to the big screen. The film will star Transformers’ Isabela Moner as a teenage Dora, with co-stars like Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, and Benicio del Toro. But, honestly, if a live-action Dora the Explorer is what your heart desires, you’re probably better off watching College Humor’s parody.
14 HAVE HOPE: DARIA & JODIE
Back in the late '90s and early 2000s we had this little show called Daria. The adult animated sitcom centered around the titular high school student, Daria Morgendorffer. This smart, acerbic, and misanthropic teenage girl spent her days observing the world around her and offering sardonic criticism on a variety of topics.
Set in a fictional suburban town, Daria satirized high school life, criticizing popular culture and social classes. The show’s message still resonates today (perhaps even more so) and it’s not surprising that MTV wants to bring it back. We’re really excited for this reboot and actually have hope that it will live up to the original.
13 MIGHT NOT WORK: UNTITLED TERMINATOR PROJECT
There’s a Terminator movie coming out in 2019. You know, because the recent films in the franchise have been such glowing successes. The currently untitled Terminator project is helmed by Deadpool’s director Tim Miller and it was written by David S. Goyer, known for his work on The Dark Knight and Blade trilogy.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are returning in their respective roles, joined by Mackenzie Davis, Gabriel Luna, and Natalia Reyes. So, why then don’t we have high expectations from this film? Well, you can thank Salvation and Genisys for our lack of faith in the Terminator franchise. The point of this sixth film is to basically undo everything up from Terminator 2, which may sound like a good idea but could easily go very wrong.
12 HAVE HOPE: VERONICA MARS
The early 2000s teen drama Veronica Mars got canceled after only three seasons, much to the displeasure of its loyal fans. Luckily, the creators, the cast and the fans never gave up hope and in 2014 the Kickstarter-funded movie was released to positive reviews from critics and audiences.
The movie spawned two novels and a web series, but, most importantly, it helped bring Veronica Mars back to small screens. In fall of 2018, Hulu announces that an eight-episode Veronica Mars mini-series is coming in 2019. Rob Thomas, Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Enrico Colantoni and many others are set to return and we have no doubt this revival will be a success.
11 MIGHT NOT WORK: SHAFT
Perhaps the most surprising item on the list is the upcoming reboot of Shaft. The film will bring together three generations of Shaft: Richard Roundtree who starred as John Shaft I in the '70s films, Samuel L. Jackson, aka John Shaft II from the 2000 remake, as well as a new John Shaft portrayed by Jessie Usher. Shaft will become the fifth movie in the Shaft franchise.
There’s no doubt that moviegoers will show up to watch this film, however bizarre the idea of this reboot may seem. Nevertheless, we’re not getting our hopes up. The film is directed by Tim Story who’s responsible for such successes like the Fantastic Four, Ride Along, and Think like a Man, which has us a bit worried.
10 HAVE HOPE: DUMBO
Whether or not these live-action Disney remakes are truly necessary is up for discussion and you can probably come up with good arguments on both sides. This year alone, we’re getting three Disney reboots, including the live-action adaptation of Dumbo, helmed by the Batman director Tim Burton.
Judging by the first trailer, Burton’s take on Dumbo will differ significantly from the original 1941 animated film. As with every other movie he’s ever done, Burton’s unique style is clearly visible in Dumbo. Honestly, Burton's film looks like it’s going to be Disney’s most beautiful live-action remake and one of the most beautiful cinematic experiences of the year.
9 MIGHT NOT WORK: HELLBOY
Oh, how we don’t want to see this film fail. Still, the first trailer did not leave us with high expectations. The upcoming Hellboy remake, directed by Neil Marshall and starring Stranger Things’ David Harbour, dropped the first trailer in December 2018 to mixed reactions.
The trailer failed to present the film as dark and scary as was promised, establishing it, instead, as fun action romp. Not to say that the trailer was bad, but the tone was kind of all over the place. For a film that’s supposed to be brutal, almost like a horror movie, it sure relies an awful lot on quippy one-liners. We're a bit concerned this will turn out to be nothing but a cash-grab.
8 HAVE HOPE: SPAWN
Spawn is yet another name on the long list of characters coming back to the big screen in 2019. Based on the Image Comics character, this remake of the 1997 film will star Jamie Foxx as the titular antihero. Written and directed by the comic book writer Todd McFarlane who’s worked on series like The Amazing Spider-Man, Batman: Year One, and Spawn.
McFarlane has stated that his movie will be a dark, ugly two hours worth of movie without lighthearted humor, as one would expect from a supernatural horror film. The movie has been postponed a few times, but we’re hoping that’s a sign that McFarlane won’t settle for anything less than his vision.
7 HAVE HOPE: THE TWILIGHT ZONE
Jordan Peele, director of critically acclaimed Get Out, is all set to enter another dimension -- a dimension of sight, a dimension of sound, a dimension of mind. Peele has been hired by CBS to direct the reboot of Rod Sterling’s beloved anthology series The Twilight Zone. The show will be available on CBS All Access and is scheduled for a 2019 release.
The premise and the format will be the same as the original TV show with Jordan Peele narrating each episode. The episodes will tell self-contained stories, relying on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to provide social commentary. We can’t wait to see what Peele brings to The Twilight Zone.
6 MIGHT NOT WORK: CHILD'S PLAY
Horror movies have been making a surprising come back these past few years and 2019 appears to be continuing the trend. The creepy doll who still haunts the dreams of everyone who’s ever laid eyes on it, Chucky, has a new face in the 2019 remake of the original 1988 film Child’s Play. The remake no one asked for, given that the last sequel in the original franchise came out in 2017, has many fans confused and irritated.
No one from the original team, including Don Mancini -- the character’s creator, is involved in the remake, which has us more than slightly skeptical. Mancini himself doesn't seem to all that supportive of the reboot either.
5 HAVE HOPE: ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
If you grew up in the '90s you no doubt remember some pretty bizarre TV shows. It was a very different world back in the day and much of what passed for kids entertainment wouldn’t fly today. Are you Afraid of the Dark? is a seven-season show that aired on Nickelodeon and it scared the living hell out of us '90s kids.
Every episode, the so-called Midnight Society would gather at a secret location to tell scary stories, which were displayed to the audience. In 2019, the Midnight Society will be back, this time on the big screen, with It scribe Gary Dauberman writing the screenplay. We’re hopeful that Dauberman will stay true to the original and introduce a new generation of fans to the horror genre.
4 MIGHT NOT WORK: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was one of the most popular animated children’s shows of the '80s. Set on the fictional planet Eternia, the show follows Prince Adam who possesses the Sword of Power which transforms him into the most powerful man in the universe, He-Man. Based on Mattel’s toy line, the franchise also got a live-action movie with Dolph Lundgren as the titular hero.
That film flopped but is now regarded as a cult classic. A reboot has been in the works for years and it’s currently slated for a December 2019 release. Unfortunately, the reboot already lost McG and David S. Goyer, which makes us a bit skeptical, to say the least.
3 HAVE HOPE: THE LION KING
The last on the list of 2019 Disney remakes, The Lion King, is set to hit the theaters on July 19th. Iron Man and The Jungle Book director, Jon Favreau, is directing this photorealistic computer-animated remake of the 1994 animated classic of the same name.
The film has an all-star cast, including Donald Glover, Beyonce, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and James Earl Jones back as Mufasa, just to name a few. The first trailer looks breathtakingly beautiful and we find it hard to contain our excitement over this film. What worries us, though, is reliving Mufasa’s fate in HD. Better bring lots of tissues on July 19th.
2 MIGHT NOT WORK: GRUDGE
Much like the famed horror movie Ring, the original Grudge was based on a Japanese horror film. The American remake was successful enough to warrant two sequels, which haven’t enjoyed nearly the same amount of recognition. Sony must have realized that the franchise was as good as dead so instead of making another sequel, a reboot was announced for 2019.
Bearing in mind the mess that is Grudge 3 and the most recent installment in the Ring franchise which holds an approval rating of 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, we’re finding it difficult to be genuinely excited about this reboot.
1 HAVE HOPE: ALADDIN
The upcoming live-action remake of the 1992 Disney classic, Aladdin, still has us somewhat concerned. That being said, just seeing how beautiful the film looks has considerably raised our expectations and hopes. The short teaser that was released in October 2018 had a similar vibe to the first movie, which was enough to give us hope that this remake is much more than a diamond in the rough.
The teaser evokes a number of visual callbacks to the original animated film and uses the same soundtrack, which is a big plus. From what we’ve seen so far, Aladdin looks promising, and we’re staying optimistic.