As Robocop is brought back up to speed, we look at some other contenders
RoboCop blasts its way into UAE cinemas this weekend, with some cinemagoers arguing that the remake of the 1987 classic is completely unnecessary; others have said it’s simply upgrading to a new model. Whatever your stance, here are five movies from the same absolutely iconic decade that we’d love to see remade some time soon.
Scarface (1983) Who should star: Leonardo DiCaprio
Why remake it: This one makes perfect sense; the gangster movie we all quote from (‘Say hello to my little friend’) was actually a loose remake of the original Scarface, released over 50 years before in 1932. So, it’s only natural to supplant the steamy, neon-striped locale of Miami for somewhere that’s more in line with modern times – the cyber-centre of New York City, perhaps? Either way, Al Pacino’s iconic role as the villainous mob boss Tony Montana is one of pop culture’s readymade reference points, and wouldn’t be that easy to replicate. But if you happen to pass the reigns to contemporary cinema’s poster boy – despite the increasing number of his wrinkles – Leonardo DiCaprio, you might be onto something special. While his Titanic days are long gone, the onset of middle-age would prove to Leo’s advantage in this instance, bestowing him with the kind of stately gravitas that only a mob leader like Montana could pull off, and the opportunity to exhibit a similar talent for indulging in excess that he’s shown he’s so adept at as a Tony-like megalomaniac conman millionaire Jordan Belfort in the recent The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Blues Brothers (1980) Who should star: Robert Downey Jr. & Jack Black
Why remake it: For the tantalising aspect of those two actors alone. The Blues Brothers has always been a tremendously fun picture in anyone’s memory, so it would be a difficult notion to capture that same gleeful, effervescent magic again; however, give Robert Downey Jr. and Jack Black a saxophone each, and that would probably be enough reason to get a remake off the ground. Black’s knack for comedy combined with music is evident from School of Rock and his dabbling with faux-metal band Tenacioud D, and Downey Jnr.’s all-round aplomb for entertainment (he was once Oscar-nominated for his role as Charlie Chaplin, after all) and world-beating coolness would make for a pair as memorable as Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s original sax-toting duo.
Predator (1987) Who should star: Dwayne Johnson
Why remake it: We haven’t seen this kind of one man-versus-unknown forces movie for a long time, especially one as well made as action classic Predator. It’d be an antidote to today’s noisy, city-levelling spectaculars, where the focus would be on small-scale survival consisting of intelligent characters and suspense-filled setpieces, as opposed to big explosion followed by bigger explosion - proving that an alien invasion doesn’t have to be loud to be effective. But who could rightly assimilate Arnie’s rumble in the jungle? The impeccable answer would be Dwayne Johnson (he’s dropped ‘The Rock’ in the middle, in case you hadn’t noticed by now), who would not only bring the muscle, but a spirit level-perfect amount of wit, too; Johnson could do push-ups with those irony-loving eyebrows.
The Lost Boys (1987) Who should star: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Why remake it: After four Twilight movies and subsequently similar teen franchises, a fresh take on The Lost Boys would give new blood to a franchise sorely needing a little reanimation. Leading the notorious fang gang would be a brooding Joseph Gordon-Levitt, settling up in Kiefer Sutherland’s place as head vamp David, a leather-collared upstart for a whole new generation of fans to sink their teeth into. As two brothers become increasingly concerned that the town they’ve just moved to is infested with vampires, Levitt could easily turn on the charm – as both a charismatic would-be human and a demon-faced nightmare – to carry the tone from light-hearted to terrifying.
Blade Runner (1982) Who should star: Ryan Gosling
Why remake it: When Ridley Scott released Prometheus back in 2012, his long-awaited return to science fiction, the director disappointed audiences. Maybe it was down to the fact that the last sci-fi to his name was 1982’s Blade Runner, and he stayed away from that genre so long thanks to the film going on to become a near-unsurpassable global achievement . So we think this: Why fix what ain’t broke? In remaking Blade Runner, keep it the same, but improved with today’s filmmaking techniques; that breathtaking cityscape opening, hampered by the special effects available in the ‘80s, would be a CGI-aided revelation; and while Harrison Ford would be a bit too ‘on the grey side’ to reprise his role as android-hunting Rick Deckard, Ryan Gosling could bring his steely-eyed presence to the role. Is he a Replicant, like the ones he’s meant to be tracking down?