Unless you have been living under a rock your entire life, you are probably aware that Hollywood has been known to dabble in the art of remaking. Taking something and making it better is obviously the best case scenario for movie remakes but if handled poorly, like many that we have gotten recently, you’ll want to forget you even saw the new one. Many people do know that movies like The Departed, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and 3:10 to Yuma are remakes so I have narrowed down this list to movies that I know I was surprised to learn were remakes. In honor of the latest Hollywood remake aka Fantastic Four, here are 5 movies that you probably didn’t know were remakes.
5. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Remake of Angels in the Outfield (1951)
If you were alive in the 90’s, you have probably seen Angels in the Outfield and it is even funnier to watch now. People remember seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt wave his arms up and down and a much younger Matthew McConaughey getting lifted off his feet by an angel (in the outfield) to make an incredible diving catch. But what people probably don’t know is that in 1951, the same plot was concocted only this time with the Pittsburgh Pirates because the Los Angeles Angels (or California Angels as they were in 1994) had not existed yet. Thanks to the remake, it makes way more sense that celestial beings from above would help out the team that shares the same name as they do instead of a completely random team.
4. The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Remake of The Shaggy Dog (1959)
The widely panned family comedy The Shaggy Dog is about a father (Tim Allen) who tires to continue living his normal life even though he occasionally turns into a sheep dog. The original black and white 1959 film of the same name is almost completely different except for the fact that somebody turns into a sheep dog. In the original, the story follows a teenage boy who is cursed by having to turn into a sheep dog periodically. While they are both “kid friendly”, the original incidentally comes off a little creepy so if you are into that, definitely give it a watch.
3. True Lies (1994)
Remake of the French film, La Totale! (1991)
The James Cameron/Arnold Schwarzenegger classic action movie True Lies is fantastic and even earned Jamie Lee Curtis a Golden Globe. However, many people don’t realize that it is actually a remake of La Totale! which came out 3 years prior. While the plot remains roughly the same in both, it is clear that Cameron added a lot to the story and the presence of Schwarzenegger is unmatched. If you haven’t seen True Lies, treat yourself and watch it.
2. Heat (1995)
Remake of the TV film, L.A. Takedown (1989)
Michael Mann’s Heat is proclaimed to be one of the best heist films ever made and is a classic crime saga. What most people don’t know is that it is actually a remake of a made-for-TV movie that Mann also directed. It was titled L.A. Takedown and was filmed as an NBC pilot but wasn’t picked up so it was turned into a standalone TV movie. This straight-to-TV film would then be turned into what we all know and love and it was all done by Michael Mann himself.
1. The Bourne Identity (2002)
Remake of the TV film, The Bourne Identity (1988)
Although the Bourne franchise has now transcended past the mythology of the novels, Doug Liman’s action-packed The Bourne Identity was actually adapted first in 1988 into two 2-hour installments over the course of two nights on ABC. The TV film, which starred Richard Chamberlain as Jason Bourne, was much more faithful to Robert Ludlum’s original thriller novel. Chamberlain was even nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance. While it is safe to say that the Matt Damon movie is better, it is still fascinating and very unknown that it is a remake of the 1988 TV movie.
Can you believe these are remakes? Did I leave any off that I should have put on the list? Comment below or tweet at @duckisgod to let me hear what you think. Bye!