The trend of reboots/remakes continues in Hollywood and is increasing each year. But to be frank, none of them could meet up to the original. But there a few countable films like the “Ocean’s Eleven”, “The Thing”, and “I Think I love My Wife”, which are better than the original. The filmmakers are choosing some of the best films ever made and are blindly rebooting it. What’s the point in rebooting a film which is already good? It’s also really sad to say that none of the filmmakers are ready to reboot a film that can be improved. They are using the brand name of the original film to promote and earn some quick bucks. Let’s have a look at 3 worst Hollywood reboots.
1) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The original film titled as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory directed by Mel Stuart was released in the year 1971 starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. The movie is adapted from the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory written by Roald Dahl. The movie received mostly positive reviews. Made with a budget of $3 million, the movie collected $4 million in its final run and was a moderate box-office success. It was re-released in the year 1996 and collected and additional $21 million.
The film had a reboot in the year 2005 titled as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Tim Burton in which Johnny Depp played the role of Willi Wonka. Even though most of the critics’ reviews were favorable, the general audience was not satisfied with the movie. Most of them had seen the original film and was of the opinion that the reboot missed both the charm and freshness of the original film. We all know that Johnny Depp is one of the finest actors in Hollywood and he could handle any type of roles with perfection. But sadly, his performance as Willy Wonka was not even matched to Gene Wilder’s performance.
2) Fantastic Four
The original film, which was also titled as Fantastic Four, directed by Tim Story was released in the year 2005 starring Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Jessica Alba. The movie tells the story of a group five members traveling to the outer space and gets exposed to the cosmic energy storm. Back home, they discover that each one of them has developed superpowers. Even though the film received mixed reviews from the critics, the normal audience seemed to like the movie. Many people gave a thumbs up to the movie saying that it was much better than many of the boring science fiction movies.
A reboot of the movie with the same title was released in the year 2015. The movie is directed by Josh Trank starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara. This remake was an absolute crap and spoiled the name of the original like anything. In the original film, the four lead characters possessed a beautiful chemistry between them and the reboot lacked it. The movie lacked the pace and humor that the original had. In short, the 2015 film is one of the worst reboots ever made.
3) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The original film titled as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre directed by Tobe Hooper was released in the year 1974 starring Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, and Jim Siedow. The movie was banned in many countries after the very first day of its release due to the complaints received as the movie had bloody violence and high graphic content. Even though the initial reviews were mixed, the movie later received positive word of mouth. Made with a budget of $300,000, the movie collected more than $30 million worldwide. The movie later had a cult fan following and is considered as one of the most violent and horrifying films ever made.
The movie had a reboot in the year 2003 with the same title. The movie is directed by Marcus Nispel starring Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Erica Leershen, and Mike Vogel. The movie is produced by director Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes. He started the company with the intention of remaking classic horror films and later started producing other films. The reboot was a total mess up. To be more precise, the reboot was an unnecessary one. Even though the film had a lot of violence and blood shedding just like the original, it was not at all horrifying or scary. None of the characters were impressive like the original. In short, the reboot was an unnecessary one.