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8 Classic Movies and TV Shows That Need A Reboot

Still from Cleopatra

Hollywood loves a good reboot, so it was shocking to us that there are several classic movies and TV shows that they haven’t even tried to remake! After the success of shows like Hawaii Five-0 and Battlestar Galactica, its been proven that remakes can do justice to the original. New and old fans alike have fallen in love with these shows, and the same goes for movies like Ocean’s Eleven and Jurassic World.

Could Hollywood be nervous about attempting to recreate what made the original so special? If that’s the case, then we respect that decision. But if Hollywood was perfect and could always do justice to the original movie or TV series, there are many that we would want to be remade. Some of these shows and films can be modernized, while others need a revamp to reflect the evolving society of the 21st century.

The Most Dangerous Game

Still of The Most Dangerous Game

This adaptation of a short story by Richard Connell centers on a big game-hunter who decides that animals are no longer a challenge and decides to hunt men instead. The main plot of the story has been used in numerous TV episodes and even referenced in David Fincher‘s Zodiac, but no one has ever remade the movie. As horrible as it is that they are hunting humans, it is definitely an interesting storyline that deserves a reboot. Dream Cast The Most Dangerous Game >>

Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in 1963’s Cleopatra

The original starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Marc Antony. It was a huge budget movie that almost resulted in the studio going bankrupt. Angelina Jolie has been attached to star in a new biopic about her, but the “Sony Hacks” have made it clear that it won’t be happening any time soon. If a new adaptation of Cleopatra is going to be made, I think it’s time to get the casting ethnically right. There is much debate as to whether or not Cleopatra was black. Though as a descendant of Ptolemy, she was definitely Greek-Macedonian, it is believed that she could have had some African ancestry. Cleopatra was not dark-skinned, but definitely had more color than Taylor and Jolie. A compromise could be finding an actress of mixed race for the role, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw could be amazing as Cleopatra. Dream Cast Cleopatra >>

How To Marry a Millionaire

Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe in How To Marry a Millionaire

This classic rom com stars some of the most famous actresses of all time: Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall as models Loco Dempsey, Pola Debevoise and Schatze Page. In the film, three women rent a penthouse apartment in New York City in hopes of attracting rich men who will marry them. It’s a fun romantic comedy that would be great to see modernized! Nicole Kidman bought the rights to it under her production company Blossom Films back in 2007, but nothing has happened yet. As the three millionaire-catching women, we would love to see Margot Robbie as Loco, Elizabeth Olsen as Schatze, and Jennifer Lawrence as Pola! Dream Cast How To Marry a Millionaire >>

All About Eve

Anne Baxter and Bette Davis in All About Eve

The 1950 drama won six Oscars including Best Picture. It’s the story of Eve Harrington, a scarily ambitious fan of Broadway veteran Margo Channing, who becomes her assistant and eventually threatens her career and personal life. Some might think it is crazy to even consider touching this classic film but like How to Marry a Millionaire, it would be interesting to see a modern take on it. While it’s doubtful any actress could play Margo Channing as flawlessly as Bette Davis, someone who could definitely hold her own in the role is Idina Menzel. For Eve, Lea Michele would be ideal for the seemingly innocent, but conniving Eve. Dream Cast All About Eve >>

Leave it to Beaver

Still of Leave it to Beaver

Just about everyone has seen or heard of Leave it to Beaver – the 1950s sitcom about a picturesque suburban American family. Each episode, the Beav and big brother Wally would get into different situations, and by the end would learn a new lesson. There’s two ways they could go about this remake. One would be to set it in modern times, and possibly do a role reversal by having dad Ward Cleaver stay home with the kids while June goes to work in the morning and comes back in time for dinner. The other way is to keep it in the 50s and have Beaver narrate the story as an adult looking back in a style similar to The Wonder Years. One Tree Hill and Extant star Pierce Gagnon could be perfect to play the cute, naive Beaver. Dream Cast Leave it to Beaver >>

The Munsters

Press photo of The Munsters

This show was on during the same time as The Addams Family, but The Munsters had higher ratings. It centered around a family of monsters trying to live amongst regular people. In 2012, Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) was developing a remake at NBC called Mockingbird Lane. The pilot ultimately aired as a Halloween special with decent ratings, but never received a full season order. If they were to try it again, they should stick to a half hour comedy, not an hour long drama. Also, make them actually look like monsters instead of regular people that are just acting a little odd. I think The Munsters would be a great eccentric comedy with a lot of possibilities! Dream Cast The Munsters >>

I Dream of Jeannie

Still of I Dream of Jeannie

Jeannie was a 2,000 year old genie who falls in love with and eventually marries her astronaut master, Tony. The show was created to rival the popular ABC show Bewitched. It ran for five seasons and had two made-for-TV movies, as well as an animated series called Jeannie. The show was very popular during its run and could probably do well in modern times. We all love supernatural stories, and the only thing we’re missing on TV right now is one about a genie. Dream Cast I Dream of Jeannie >>

Dennis the Menace

Still of Dennis the Menace

This was another popular sitcom from the early 60s that followed a young trouble making boy named Dennis Mitchell. While Dennis always meant well, he was constantly annoying his retired neighbor George Wilson. In 1993, there was a movie reboot that was a success at the Box Office. If a movie based on Dennis the Menace can do well, why can’t we bring it back to TV? If it doesn’t work for one of the big channels, it would definitely do well as a children’s show on Disney or Nickelodeon. Dream Cast Dennis the Menace >>

So What Do You Think?

Those were just some of the TV shows and movies we wanted to see remade. In a perfect world, are there any classics that you would love to see a modern version of? Leave us a comment and dream cast it on The IF List! >>

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