Movie remakes, love them or hate them Hollywood can’t get enough of them. Not only are they cheaper to make as they require less writers, they target new and old audiences meaning they have a wider demographic.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most successful remakes.
The American western True Grit was first released in 1969 and starred John Wayne,
Glen Campbell and Kim Darby. It was later remade by the Coen brothers and released in 2010. The 2010 remake of True Grit starred Jeff Bridges, Hailee
Steinford, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Barry Pepper and went on to achieve over
$252 million at the box office worldwide.
The spy film Casino Royale was first released in 1967 and starred David Niven as
the ‘original’ 007 agent, James Bond. It was later remade as the twenty-first film in
the Eon Productions James Bond Series and released in 2006. The 2006 remake of
Casino Royale starred Daniel Craig in his first Bond role, Eva Green, Mads
Mikkelson, Judi Dench and Jeffrey Wright and went on to achieve over $606 million
at the box office worldwide.
The action-thriller film Infernal Affairs was originally released in 2002 and starred
Andy Lou, Tony Leung, Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Sammi Cheng and Kelly Chen. It
was later remade and released under the name The Departed which starred
Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg and went on to
make over $291 million worldwide at the box office.
4.A Little Princess
The American family drama film, A Little Princess was first released in 1939 and
featured Shirley Temple in her first technicolour film. Based on the 1905 Frances
Hodgson Burnett novel, the film was later remade into the well known 1995 version A Little Princess, starring Liesel Matthews, Eleanor Bron and Liam Cunningham.
Although the film wasn’t a box office success, it had critical success and received 2
The comedy film Hairspray was first released in 1988 and featured a large cast
including Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, and many
more. The 1988 film went on to become a cult classic and featured at number 444 on the Empire magazine’s 500 greatest films of all time list. Hairspray was later remade in 2007 by Ingenious Media and Zadan/Meron Productions and director Adam Shankman which went on to achieve over $202 million at the box office worldwide.
6.The Parent Trap
The American romantic comedy film The Parent Trap was first released in 1961 and
was later remade and released in 1998. The Parent Trap 1961 achieved over $25
million at the box office with the 1998 film becoming a box office-hit grossing $92.1
million. The 1998 film starred Lindsay Lohan in the role of both twins, along with
Dennis Quaid and Natasha Richardson.
The American crime drama Scarface is best known for the 1983 film directed by
Brian De Palma, however, the first release of Scarface was the 1932 version directed by Howard Hawks. The 1932 film was well received but due to the high production costs, it is expected the film only broke even after making $600,000 at the box office. The 1983 film met with a negative critical response but went on to achieve over $66 million worldwide at the box office.