previews... - January 14, 2020 previews... 2020's Best Movies - Reboots, Remakes and Sequels
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2020's Best Movies - Reboots, Remakes and Sequels

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2020's best movies. Today, it's the remakes, the reboots and the sequels...


Bad Boys For Life

Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano

Director: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah

Release Date: January 17th


17 years after they were last on screen, the Bad Boys are finally back for a new adventure.

Bad Boys stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Detective Lieutenants Mike Lowrey and Marcus Barnett, maverick police detectives on duty in the heart of Miami.

In the new movie, Barnett is now an inspector and Lowrey finds himself in the middle of a midlife crisis. Now, however, they are forced to unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they defeated, promises them an important bonus in revenge.

Starring alongside Lawrence and Smith are Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Joe Pantoliano and super-producer DJ Khaled.

Belgian pair Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who made their name with dark crime drama Black, working from a script that is credited to four writers, including Joe Carnahan and David Guggenheim.


The Grudge

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Demián Bichir, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver

Director: Nicolas Pesce

Release Date: January 31st


The hugely successful horror series gets a fresh lick of paint with this new reboot.

We follow Riseborough’s Detective Muldoon, a single mother and young detective, who discovers that a local house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.

After entering, she now faces a fight to save herself and her son from all the vengeful spirits the house unleashes.

Pesce, director of Piercing, takes charge, with horror maestro Sam Raimi acting as producer.

The Grudge was originally released in 2002 as Ju-On: The Grudge in Japan, before being remade 2004 with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Two further sequels were released in 2006 and 2009.



Starring: Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Amanda Seyfried, Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs

Director: Tony Cervone

Release Date: May 15th


The classic cartoon gets a big-screen reboot in 2020 with an all-star voice cast.

The film will tell the story of how Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc.

Now, with 100s of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world...

Zac Efron, Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, and Amanda Seyfried voice the Scooby gang, with Tracy Morgan, Ken Jeong, Kiersey Clemons, Mark Wahlberg and Jason Isaacs as other classic animated characters.

Fred Welker, the original voice of Scooby-Doo, is back to voice the dog once again.

Tony Cervone, a veteran director in the world of animation, takes charge, working from a script from Edge Of Seventeen writer Kelly Fremon Craig.



Starring: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Tony Todd

Director: Nia DaCosta

Release Date: June 12th


Jordan Peele produces this retooling of the horror classic.

Candyman is a one-armed man with a hook for a hand who appears when you say his name five times, in front of a mirror.

In the 1992 film, the character, who is thought to be a myth, he is brought back to life by grad student Helen Lyle, who has decided to write a thesis about local legends and myths.

Abdul-Mateen will play the titular character, Peele has written the script with Win Rosenfeld, with Nia DaCosta, director of forthcoming dark drama Little Woods, on directing duty.


Fantasy Island

Starring: Michael Peña, Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen, Michael Rooker

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Release Date: February 14th


The much-loved US drama, which ran from 1977 to 1984, is brought back to life with a sadistic twist, overseen by horror factory Blumhouse Productions.

The series starred Ricardo Montalbán as the mysterious Mr Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant Tattoo, the pair ran a private island where guests were allowed to live out their ultimate fantasies for a hefty fee.

In the new take, Pena takes the roles of Roarke. He makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmares, the guests have to solve the island’s mystery to escape with their lives...

Kick-Ass 2 director Jeff Wadlow, who also oversaw horror reimaging Truth Or Dare, directs.


The Invisible Man

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer

Director: Leigh Whannell

Release Date: February 28th


Blumhouse brings back to life another horror franchise with the release of a new take on The Invisible Man.

The film is a modern adaptation of both the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a reboot of the 1933 film adaptation of the same name.

We follow Moss' Cecilia, who begins to rebuild her life for the better after Griffin, her abusive ex-boyfriend, commits suicide.

However, her sense of reality is put into question when she begins to suspect her former boyfriend is not actually as dead as she had thought...

Leigh Whannell, the writer on the first three Saw movies and creator of Insidious, directs and has re-adapted Wells' novels. Jason Blum produces.


Coming 2 America

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Jermaine Fowler, Leslie Jones, Shari Headley, John Amos, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones

Director: Craig Brewer

Release Date: December 18th


32 years after the release of Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall’s celebrated comedy Coming To America, a sequel emerges.

The original followed Murphy’s Prince Akeem Joffer, who left his home in the fictional African nation of Zamunda, to travel to the United States in the hopes of finding a woman he can marry.

In the sequel, we find Akeem is set to become King of Zamunda when he discovers he has Lavelle, a son he never knew about in America.

Desperate to honour his royal father's dying wish to groom this son as the crown prince, Akeem and Semmi set off to America once again...


Bill & Ted Face The Music

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, William Sadler, Kristen Schaal

Director: Dean Parisot

Release Date: August 21st


30 years after the slacker pair announced themselves with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, they return with a new adventure.

We were introduced to the pair as time travellers who first travel through time to assemble historical figures for their high school history presentation.

They then faced down an evil tyrant who creates android doubles of the pair and sends them back to eliminate the originals.

Now middle-aged, the duo are warned by a visitor from the future of the need for them to create a song that will save all life on Earth and the entire universe.

To do this, the pair work with their families, old friends, famous musicians, and each other to complete the task...



The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Frank Grillo, Richard E. Grant, Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman

Director: Patrick Hughes

Release Date: August 28th


The 2017 action-comedy was a surprise hit, with almost $180 million in box office receipts, leading to the order of a sequel.

The sequel picks up three years after the events of the original, with Reynolds’ bodyguard Michael Bryce continuing his friendship with Jackson’s assassin Darius Kincaid.

Now, the pair are forced to go out on a new universal adventure to save Sonia, Darius's wife, from new threats…


Escape Room 2

Starring: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Isabelle Fuhrman, Holland Roden, Thomas Cocquerel, Indya Moore, Carlito Olivero

Director: Adam Robitel

Release Date: November 30th


2019’s psychological horror Escape Room was a big hit, taking over $155 million on a budget of just $9 million. What comes next? A sequel, of course.

Escape Room followed a group of people who are sent to navigate a series of escape rooms, only to discover that their fates and their lives are tied to whether or not they can solve the puzzles in time.

Stars Taylor Russell and Logan Miller are booked to return, along with director Adam Robitel, screenwriter Bragi F. Schut and producer Neal H. Moritz.

Details on the plot are pretty scarce thus far, but you can be sure the escape rooms will be getting harder and deadlier...

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