Top 5... - November 21, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (and five other action films that deserve a cinematic reboot)
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (and five other action films that deserve a cinematic reboot)

Love 'em or hate 'em, reboots of existing films and franchises have become pretty fashionable in recent years, and they're big business. Star Trek, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have all enjoyed at least one rebirth, while there are more to come in the form of things like Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which looks set to feature an all female cast.

The latest arrival in the big franchise remake stakes though is next week's DVD & Blu-Ray release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, due to hit the shelves in hmv stores next Monday (November 24th). Whereas 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes was designed as a kind of origin story for the events in the original 1968 film that starred Charlton Heston, the new film is directed by Matt Reeves - the man behind Let Me In and Under Siege 2 – and is a follow-up to the 2011 outing.

Andy Serkis reprises his role voicing the ape leader, Caesar, and the latest instalment in the franchise is very much focussed on the continuation of his story as he rises to battle the remaining humans that survived the viral pandemic that almost wiped out both species.

The human characters though are mostly new introductions to the narrative, and there are starring roles for Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke and Keri Russell. Elsewhere, fans of Archer and Arrested Development will recognise Judy Greer, while there are also appearances from British actor Lee Ross (yes, the guy from Press Gang) and House of Payne's Larramie Doc Shaw.

Fans of the Planet of the Apes franchise, particularly the most recent film, will find plenty to enjoy about the action-packed new film, and we expect there will plenty more titles to find themselves on the receiving end of a little cinematic refreshment in the near future, so we thought we'd pick out five action films that are ripe for the remaking. Some of them are rumoured to be under way, others are just wishful thinking on our part, but they're all films that we'd like to see making a return to the big screen.

 

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Trailer (2014)

 

 


Flash Gordon

As much we love the camp 1980s film soundtracked by Queen and starring Sam J. Jones, maybe it's time that Flash was given another crack of the whip. Fox are rumoured to be in the running to produce a reboot, but there's been no real news on this since earlier this year. One thing we do know however is this: if a new version doesn't feature Brian Blessed yelling 'Gordon's Alive!' at least once, we're not interested.

 


Akira

One of the most popular films Manga ever produced, a live action reboot of the Japanese animated classic has been in the works for some time but its director, Non-Stop's Jaume Collet-Serra, has had a bit of a rough ride with the project, having seen it dropped by Warner Bros. back in 2011, but he's rumoured to be back on track and is talking about a series of two or possibly even three films in a new live action franchise. It looks more likely than some of the rumoured reboots doing the rounds, but we expect progress to be slow on this one.

 

 

Daredevil

The last time we saw a Daredevil feature film was back in 2003, starring Ben Affleck. It wasn't particularly well-received, but now with the expansion of both the Marvel and DC universes, comic-book franchisies are big business, so maybe it's time this one was revisited. A new TV series is coming, but this is definitely a character that deserves his own film, so let's hope there will be a return to the big screen for Daredevil before too long.

 

 

The Bionic Woman

With a reboot of The Six Million Dollar Man starring Mark Wahlberg already underway and a recent growth in demand for female-led films in this genre, it surely won't be too long before somebody has a crack at creating a film for Steve Austin's female counterpart. A TV series starring former Eastender Michelle Ryan did hit the airwaves a few years ago, but a big-budget screen adaptation had yet to be attempted. There certainly seems to be an appetite for on-screen heroines, but whether a studio will be willing to take a gamble on this before seeing how the male equivalent fares remains to be seen.

 


Enter the Dragon

Well, why not? Regarded by many as the best film to star Bruce Lee, there's enough martial arts talent in the acting world to give this one a shot, with the likes of Tony Jaa enjoying successful career runs. Other than Kill Bill and Kung Fu Hustle, there haven't been too many kung-fu blockbuster hits in recent years and although Bruce Lee isn't an easy man to replace, we'd still like to see this one given another outing, and there may be hope; rumours were circulating a while back that a reboot entitled Awaken the Dragon was in the works, with Ninja Assassin star Rain reported to be in the frame for a role in a new movie, but it's gone a little quiet in recent years, so we'll have to wait and see.

 

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