Re-imaginations and recreations seem to be the latest buzzwords in the film industry today, not only in Bollywood, but across the world. From an all-new version of Sex And The City to a reboot of The Bodyguard, the announcements of revivals are simply pouring in. Here’s a list of remakes and reboots of various series and films that you can look forward to in the coming months.
The Wonder Years
Inspired by the classic show of the same name from the late 80s, The Wonder Years is back with an all-new star cast. This time, the story revolves around the Williams, a Black, middle-class family from Alabama. Set in the 1960s, the story will be told from the point of view of their 12-year-old son, Dean. Created by Saladin K. Patterson, the coming-of-age series will star Dule Hill, Milan Ray and Elisha Williams.
And Just Like That
The OG girl gang is back – well, partly. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) return to TV in a reboot of the iconic series Sex And The City. The best friends, now in their 50s, will continue to navigate their lives, relationships and friendships, though viewers are certain to miss Kim Cattral who was unable to reprise her role as Samantha Jones.
Life Goes On
Warner Bros. Television is currently working on a reboot of the popular 90s ABC show, Life Goes On. Original series showrunner, Michael Braverman, will serve as executive consultant on this show, which will follow an adult Becca (Kellie Marin, reprising her role), who goes back to her hometown and reconnects with her family. Marin will also co-produce the series.
Drop Dead Diva
Sounds familiar? This Lifetime dramedy returns with a similar plot, but new characters. Created and executive produced by Josh Berman and written by Jamie Babbit – the director of the original series – the show will focus on entitled lawyer Dave, who dies in an accident, only for his soul to get transferred into the body of successful attorney Rita. It dives into the topics of gender politics and identity.
Flight Of The Navigator
Disney+ will soon revive the 1986 sci-fi adventure film, Flight Of The Navigator. The original, directed by Randal Kleiser, featured a 12-year-old boy David (Joey Cramer) who is abducted by a UFO and is transported eight years into the future. The new film will be reimagined from the perspective of its female lead and directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, who had earlier helmed two episodes of Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian.
The beloved The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, starring the charming Will Smith, returns. Set in modern-day America, the show is based on a trailer by Morgan Cooper, which reimagined the sitcom as a drama, and eventually went viral. Cooper will direct the reboot, which stars debutant Jabari Banks in the lead. While the show’s premise will remain the same, it will be run by T J Brady and Rasheed Newson, with Smith serving as one of its executive producers.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
Yup. Pretty Little Liars – and the dreaded A – are coming back too. The HBO Max show will be a current-day reiteration of the original hit series. Starring Alex Aiono, Mallory Bechtel, Eric Johnson, Chandler Kinney, Maia Reficco and Bailee Madison, the series will be written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (of Riverdale fame) and Calhoon Bring.
The Matrix Resurrections
Everyone is aware of this by now. While speculation is still rife over whether the sci-fi film will be a sequel or a reboot, the fourth instalment of The Matrix series will release this December. Directed, co-written and produced by Lana Wachowski, the film will see Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles from the earlier films. The star cast will also comprise Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
The Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Eraser (1996) is getting a modern-day revamp. The film will star Dominic Sherwood in the lead, along with Jacky Lai and McKinley Belcher III. Directed by John Pogue, it will revolve around a US Marshall (Sherwood), who specialises in faking the deaths of high-profile witnesses.
The 1981 neo-noir film, starring Sylvester Stallone and the late Rutger Hauer, is getting a series adaptation. Frank Grillo, known for his role as Brock Rumlow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set to play Deke DaSilva – Stallone’s role in the original. Stallone himself is touted to direct and appear in the series.
The iconic romantic thriller, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, will soon get an all-new, re-imagined version. Produced by Warner Bros, the film will be written by Matthew Lopez, Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, and will reportedly be based on a man who returns from Iraq to become the bodyguard of a rising musician. Will Houston’s evergreen ‘I Will Always Love You’ get a new version too? Honestly, we hope not.
The Lost Boys
Warner Bros. are on a remake spree. But then again, who isn’t? While the original idea was to convert the 1987 supernatural horror movie into a series, the production house finally locked in on a re-imagined movie starring Noah Jupe and Jaeden Martell. The film will be written by Randy McKinnon and directed by Jonathan Entwistle – who had earlier created Netflix’s well-received The End Of the F**ing World.
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
The action horror film, loosely based on the Japanese video franchise of the same name, is set to return five years after the release of the series’s last instalment, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Directed and written by Johannes Roberts, it stars Kaya Scodelario, Hannah John-Kamen, Robbie Amell and Tom Hopper.
How I Met Your Father
Years after How I Met Your Mother came to an end comes How I Met Your Father, starring Hillary Duff as Sophie, the protagonist and narrator a la Ted Mosby. Set in 2021, the story follows her and her closest friends as she tells her son the story of how she met his father. Executive produced by the original creators, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, along with Duff, the 10-episode series will be run by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger.
Queer As Folk
A re-imagination of the hit British drama of the same name from the late 90s, the reboot will be directed by Stephen Dunn. The series will be set in New Orleans, following a diverse group of friends and the way they cope with a devastating tragedy. The cast includes Ryan O’Connell, Jesse James Keitel, Candace Grace and Devin Way.
Paramount is planning to come up with a big list of remakes and revivals too. And among the ones announced, the one that stands out the most is Frasier, which is set to return 18 years after it was last televised in 2004. What’s more? The critically-acclaimed sitcom, originally lasting 11 seasons, will see the return of Kelsey Grammar as Dr. Frasier Crane, a radio psychiatrist.