We’ve seen so many Hollywood remakes in the last couple of years. We’ve seen everything from the live-action remake of Mulan to the baffling The Grudge remake – Hollywood certainly has not been shy about rehashing old material. So why not explore remaking some quality 90s movies?
However, it isn’t all bad as we’ve certainly seen some good remakes come our way such as Casino Royale and Suspiria.
Seeing as it could go either way, which classics should Hollywood bet on next?
Read on to see five 90s movies that we think Hollywood should remake!
They don’t make teen movies like they used to.
While the teen movie genre has been reduced to nothing but crude slapstick comedy, there was a time when this wasn’t the case.
1995’s Clueless represented a funny and clever satire of the teen movie tropes. It showed that teenagers were more than just one-dimensional blockheads, whose main goal in life was to party and have fun.
While a remake would indeed be risky, the interest is certainly there as the film has more than retained its iconic stature.
In fact, a Clueless Pop-Up restaurant is set to open at the end of March to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.
You can’t talk about iconic movies and not mention 1992’s Basic Instinct.
Moviegoers of all ages basically have Sharon Stone burned into their brains, as that iconic scene has become part of the public consciousness.
So much so that most of the film’s surviving media has Sharon Stone front and centre.
Inspired by the film, TuxSlots’ online slot version of the erotic thriller uses the famous gritty club scene from the movie as a backdrop, featuring Sharon Stone herself in the frame.
Indeed, there’s no questioning what Sharon Stone meant to a whole generation, so why then should the film be remade?
Despite it being a great film, there’s no denying that it is problematic, to say the least.
In its defence, it was a reflection of the times.
A remake could update its view on how female sexuality can be weaponised under the lens of modern feminism.
The Silence of the Lambs
From one female icon to another, Silence of the Lambs is another film that will be a sure-fire hit if remade in the near future.
Clarice Starling is one of the most memorable leads in the history of cinema.
Couple this with the fact that the recent Hannibal TV series was beloved by critics and you’ve got a hit on your hands.
Audiences worldwide have also been enamoured by psychopathic serial killers, as the true crime genre has been booming in recent years.
All Hollywood would have to do is cast a popular female lead as Clarice Starling and they’ll be swimming in cash in no time.
Moving on to something lighter, Empire Records would be another great film to remake.
Music and movies have always been a popular combination, so why wouldn’t this work? The recent High Fidelity remake is also a great indication of audience interest, as there’s really no place cooler than an old-school record store.
A remake would certainly draw in both young and old audiences, as vintage continues to be the new cool. Maybe they could even cast Liv Tyler in a cameo role just to reference the original film.
The Shawshank Redemption
Featured on The Hollywood Reporter‘s 100 favourite films of all time, The Shawshank Redemption is often cited as one of the best films in the history of cinema.
So why would anyone remake it if the original was already so good?
Well, the box office appeal isn’t anything to scoff at (and the original didn’t make that much).
Stephen King has been quite the cash cow for Hollywood. Movies based on his books such as It and It Chapter 2 have raked in hundreds of millions worldwide.
Under the right director and the right cast, a The Shawshank Redemption remake should be equally (if not more) successful, as it is one of his more well-known stories.
It could be a commercial and critical hit.
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