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Three Movies That Really Should Be Remade

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Remakes are not a bad idea, in theory. Some of the best movies around have been remakes, including such classics as “Ben-Hur.” However, like a great many things, Hollywood usually does it completely wrong.

One golden rule should be applied to all remakes and reboots before filming commences: “Don’t fix what ain’t broken.” Living by this rule, Hollywood studios could avoid underachievers like “CHiPs,” “Baywatch,” and 2005’s “King Kong.”

The only reason a remake should happen is if it is going to improve upon the original property, rather than simply live in its shadow and cash in on the curious ticket buyers looking to see what has happened to their favorite brand.

That being said, there are some films that actually call for remakes and have the potential to be turned into great works with the right minds behind the camera.

Here's a look at three movies that actually should be remade. (go to page 2 to continue reading)

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1.) "Waterworld." This was the most expensive film ever released at the time in 1995. Costing $175 million, more stories were written about the difficulties making the movie than the actual story put to screen.

Director Kevin Reynolds left the project in the middle of production, storms and changing weather made the cast and crew sick, entire sets would sink — it was a disaster, to say the least. What ended up on screen was a film people mostly shrugged off as a ripoff of "Mad Max." Over the years, the movie has earned a profit, according to star and producer Kevin Costner, but there's no denying the summer flick did not live up to its original hype and cost.

The concept of a "Mad Max"-type franchise set in a world consumed by water is actually intriguing. Such a story has the potential to turn into something great with the right writer, director and actor.

A remake of "Waterworld" would benefit from today's technology. With advances in special effects and cameras, it would be much easier to show the world of "Waterworld" without breaking the bank and creating an infamously terrible shooting set.

"Waterworld" could have been great, but the restrictions of its time kept it from fulfilling its potential. This story and world, handed to the right visionary, today could end up becoming the mind-blowing, game changing, adventure movie that Costner and company originally intended it to be. (go to page 3 to continue reading)

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2.) "WarGames." This film from 1983 is perfect for the remake treatment. The film is about a video game-playing young man finding a back channel into a military central computer, and then suddenly World War III is a very real possibility.

With the advances in user technology, a modern day "WarGames" would have much more style and visual flare.

The concept is arguably more relevant today than ever, too, with fears of cyberwarfare so very real for average Americans. (go to page 4 to continue reading)

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3.) "Flash Gordon." This flick from 1980 has become a cult hit over the years, with star Sam Jones constantly traveling the fan convention circuit and recent hit comedies like "Ted" and "Ted 2" giving major shoutouts to the sci-fi adventure.

However, upon its initial release, "Gordon" was a disappointment. What was supposed to be the next "Star Wars" turned out to be a dud. Some people now appreciate the movie more for its tongue-in-cheek humor and out-of-this-world science fiction concepts.

The story of a football player transported from Earth to fight a ruthless enemy to save his planet, "Flash Gordon" would benefit immensely from today's technology — and the fact that studios are more open to embracing wacky source material.

One could even cast a popular football player in the role of Flash Gordon, such as a Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski. "Flash Gordon" could go from being a campy cult classic to a serious audience favorite — teaming today's immensely impressive special effects with the performance of a beloved athlete in the title role. Just make sure that athlete gets one or two acting classes first.

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