While it is enticing to say that Hollywood should not mess with good things, there have been so many remakes that turned wildly successful, impressing both audiences and critics, and collecting bank at the box office, like Beauty and the beast in 2017 and Ocean’s Eleven in 2001. Then there come some bad movie remakes that make us want to lock up all of the classic films in a locker so that no one can ever mess with them, like Swept Away in 2002 and Ben-Hur in 2016. But that does not stop there only. In this post, we have discussed some of the movie remakes that can’t be forgotten.
Swept Away (2002)
This is the movie that is widely considered a vanity project for Madonna. The movie did not really make the pop icon look great, and this movie was directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie. Madonna’s performance in the movie was not accepted by critics, and they moreover preferred Lina Wertmuller’s original film in 1974. Even after spending more than $10 million and making the true dive lead the film, the movie was quickly taken down from theatres. It only collected $1 million worldwide.
The Mummy (2017)
Universal’s original The Mummy franchise from the 1930s had already been a successful reboot with 1999s The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser. In 2017, the studio decided to roll out another remake of the franchise. Sadly, the Tom Cruise starrer film could not impress audiences and filmmakers ended up losing $ 95 million. After this, the Dark Universe was declared Dead on Arrival.
Total Recall (2012)
Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall in 2012 was one of the most expensive movies of its time, with some good special effects. Colin Farrell’s performance was ultimate, but still, it could not save the film from its weak script.
Let Me In (2010)
There was no solid reason to roll out the remake of the 2008 Swedish language horror film, Let the Right One In. The viewers of “Let the Right One In” did not like the subtitles. This time, filmmakers rolled out the English-language film that actually ended up getting positive reviews from audiences, but it failed to find a huge audience. Let Me In could only collect $12.1 million domestically and ended up being one of the lowest-grossing films in 2010.
Ben Hur (2016)
The famous director Timur Bekmambetov thought that audiences were ready for the return of the classic biblical epic 1959s Ben Hur. But here, he somehow was mistaken. Critics did not like the lengthy remake, which resulted in the film being knocked out for its bad CGI. The film became a major loss for MGM.