It seems these days, movie studios are less willing to take risks on original creative ideas. Instead, they would rather use the same stories, the same characters, and the same properties that we have seen dozens of times. Gone are the days of creative storytelling. Now, if an idea cannot be made into a seven part franchise, it is not worth the studios time.
There are times when sequels, reboots, and remakes work well and are received well. But these are not those times, and today we look at lesser films with 25 Reboots, Remakes, and Sequels That Never Should’ve Been Touched.
But things quickly took a turn for the worse when the director of the original Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman, stepped down after the death of Harold Ramis. Things were then made even worse when the movie studio announced that the story of the original films would be ignored, causing a mass backlash from fans of the original.
Upon release, Ghostbusters (2016) was criticized for poor writing, poor direction, and poor acting. The jokes fell flat, the story failed to make sense, and the performances from the entire cast made this movie feel more like a two hour Saturday Night Live sketch.
The Mummy (2017)
Universal found success once by remaking The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, so why not try again? This time around, Universal was rebooting The Mummy to begin their own shared universe dubbed The Dark Universe.
The Mummy (2017) tried so hard to start a shared universe, that it lacked the proper storytelling to even warrant a sequel. Universal was too concerned with future movies they would make, that they forgot to make The Mummy (2017) decent.
Jaws was a defining movie in the thriller genre. It boasts an excellent script, directing, effects, and soundtrack that all came together to create an American classic as well as the “summer blockbuster.”
In a time when sequels were not nearly as common as they are today, it was risky to try to cash in on a popular film’s success. But that didn’t stop them from making Jaws 2.
Over the years, Jaws 2 has received mixed reviews, but when it first opened at the box office critics gave it overwhelmingly negative feedback. It is largely accepted nowadays as a decent sequel, but that ultimately still had no chance of living up to the classic.
Jurassic Park Sequels and Jurassic World
Its visual effects still hold up today, and its masterful use of suspense make it an instant classic. The sequels and subsequent reboot to the Jurassic Park franchise just don’t do justice to that first journey on Isla Nublar.
They lack the suspense and scientific approach to writing that made Jurassic Park so good to begin with. While the sequels are still fun to watch, we feel they diminish the overall quality of that first movie.
Van Sant filmed a shot for shot remake of the original Psycho. The point was missed of remaking a movie to make the exact same one as before. The remake did poorly and Van Sant received heavy criticism for it.
The film often felt slow and the complicated story made it difficult for audiences to follow the plot. While an update to the style and overall look of the Tron world was welcome and made for impressive visuals and fun action scenes, it was not enough to curb the disappointment of fans of the first film.
Ultimately, Tron Legacy just could not live up to the legacy that Tron would leave behind.
Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
The Blair Witch Project has become somewhat divisive in recent years. Some think it’s a great concept that is executed in a disturbing and frightening way. Others find the acting to be poor, the story hard to follow, and the camerawork distracting.
Needless to say, it’s gotten a mixed reception, and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 certainly didn’t help its reputation. Book of Shadows is painful to watch if you’re a fan of the first and unbearable if you’re not.
It’s inconsistencies constantly confuses the audience, the plot and writing is laughably bad, and the acting makes the cast of the first film look like Oscar performances. What’s Book of Shadows’ biggest sin? Never, not once, do they explain what the Book of Shadows is.
Reeve’s performance was the perfect portrayal of Superman and Clark Kent, which gave new star Brandon Routh big shoes to fill. While Routh’s performance was an admirable one it didn’t hold a candle to Christopher Reeve’s Superman.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory does do a decent enough job at updating some aspects of the story. The supporting cast is written more realistically and as always, Tim Burton’s design style makes the factory look like a magical and mysterious place.
Chronicles of Riddick
Chronicles of Riddick is the sequel to the small independent film Pitch Black which starred a young Vin Diesel. Pitch Black was an interesting Sci-Fi thriller that didn’t do well at the box office but gained quite the cult following.
Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of Halloween took a deeper look at the character and expanded on Michael’s backstory. The first forty minutes of the movie was dedicated to a case study on Michael Myers, we see what his home life was like as a child and we see him being put in a mental institution after he brutally murders his family.
The case study may be an interesting take on the character, but it’s largely unwarranted. We don’t need nor do we want to know why Myers does the things that he does, all we need to know is that he kills.
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Perhaps it’s 90’s nostalgia but for whatever reason, people have shown their appreciation and love for A Goofy Movie recently. The Disney movie features Goofy going on a cross country road trip with his son Max, and naturally, hi-jinks ensue.
What people don’t talk about is A Goofy Movie’s sequel, An Extremely Goofy Movie. It features Max leaving college with his friends, but then Goofy gets fired from the job he has to go to the same school as Max to get a degree.
Total Recall (2012)
Quaid selects a trip to Mars as a secret agent but as he sits in the chair getting prepared for the procedure, it is revealed that he actually is a secret agent. Throughout the film, he goes to mars and saves the planet.
The remake starring Colin Farrell removes significant plot points which results in a lacking story and the characters feeling less realistic. The updated style and visual effects are an improvement on its1990 original, but that is where the improvements end.
Total Recall (2012) does a poor job trying to improve and update an excellent original.
We’ll take any chance to dive back into the Wizarding World to feel even a little bit of the same magic. Unfortunately, the Fantastic Beasts franchise has failed to so as of yet. It feels like a shallow attempt to make money off the success of Harry Potter.
How can you follow up Ghostbusters? It is one of the greatest comedy movies ever made. When talks were in place to make a sequel, even the cast of the first film was not sure if that was the right direction to take.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was one of the best and biggest events in film history. The three films are still regarded as masterpieces to this day, so it made sense to adapt Tolkien’s earlier book The Hobbit into a movie, as well.
Fans seemed to agree at first as The Hobbit was a fun, lighthearted book that would be enjoyable to see on the big screen. However, fans soured on the idea after it was announced that that the book would be stretched to make three movies.
The production of the films was rushed and it showed in the final product. While they can be fun for fantasy fans to watch, The Hobbit trilogy tarnishes what was otherwise a perfect trilogy in The Lord of the Rings.
The Crow: City of Angels
The adaptation of the original comic was perfect and no one needed or wanted another movie, but they made one anyway. While it could have been decent, the company behind the film, Miramax, wanted it to be as close to the original film as possible.
It had large portions of the movie cut to feel even more like the first Crow movie. City of Angels came off far too much like a poor remake than an interesting sequel.
Son Of The Mask
Son Of The Mask was the long-awaited sequel to the hilarious Jim Carrey movie The Mask. After staying in development for years, and Jim Carrey turned down the offer to reprise his role, the movie seemed doomed to fail. And fail it did.
The reception of the film was almost universally negative, with most critics claiming that Son Of The Mask was “painfully unfunny” and “ sorely missing the presence of Jim Carrey”.
Escape From L.A.
Escape From L.A. was John Carpenter’s follow up to the successful and widely loved Escape From New York. Kurt Russell reprises his role as Snake Plissken and is actually given some welcome character development.
Where Escape From L.A. fails is its preposterous scenarios such as surfing on lava and a basketball competition to the death. It is moments like these that make Escape from L.A. feel like a joke. It ends up feeling too much like a spoof of the original, but too serious to be treated as a such.
Planet of the Apes (2001)
The movie stars Mark Wahlberg who plays an astronaut who ends up being sucked through a wormhole and lands on a planet ruled by apes. The divergence from the source material made fans of the classic upset.
Wahlberg’s performance does little to help and Tim Roth’s performance as the main villain was far too over the top to be taken seriously. The poorly written story and laughably ending led Planet of the Apes (2001) to fail at the box office and disappoint moviegoers.
The Matrix was a huge success when it was released in 2003. Making a sequel was a no-brainer; surely it would be successful. But the ending of the first Matrix movie left little places to go with its story.
The film told its story well over the course of three acts and had a satisfying and precise conclusion. So, fans were skeptical when the sequel Matrix Reloaded was announced.
While its sequel Matrix Reloaded was an even bigger hit, becoming the largest grossing rated R movie, it was argued that the sequel did not need to be made to make The Matrix any more satisfying.
By the time the third installment in the trilogy came out, the consensus was that The Matrix sequels were disappointing and unnecessary.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Fantastic Four (2015) was plagued with behind the scenes issues from day one. Director Josh Trank had vastly different ideas for the movie than what Fox studios wanted, which resulted in days upon days of reshoots. Infighting between the main cast and the director did nothing to help production.
Josh Trank even said on record that he was not happy with the film and that people should not go see it. Movie critics have even said that Fantastic Four (2015) should be taught in film schools as an example of how not to make a movie. We think that’s a little harsh, but not untrue.
Disney Live Action Remakes
The issue here is that these movies never add enough to the original to warrant a remake. They often come off as the same movie but without that Disney creativity that made them so special, to begin with.
And with the remake of Aladdin on the horizon, they do not seem to be stopping any time soon.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull
Disappointment is an understatement for Kingdom of The Crystal Skull. Indiana Jones fans were devastated after seeing this fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series.
It failed at everything it set out to do, the plot was confusing, the writing was terrible, the new characters fell flat, and the action scenes were completely ridiculous. Fans are still upset that this was the way that Indiana Jones’ story would end.
There have been talks of making a fifth movie, but Crystal Skull did so badly that fans are almost scared to see what another Indiana Jones movie might be.