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Last week, Hollywood announced it was remaking two ’80s classics: Road House at Amazon and Working Girl at Paramount. This should be nothing surprising. Hollywood has a history of mining old properties instead of coming up with new ideas. However, at least in my personal opinion, Road House and Working Girl do not need remakes. They’re as entertaining to watch in 2022 as I’m sure they were in 1989. What I’d like to see is for Hollywood to remake a film from the ’80s that was absolute trash and try to turn it into a 2020s classic.
So, the question I ask today is: what ’80s films actually deserve to be remade?
I mean, Cocktail is one that instantly comes to mind. I actually quite enjoy this Tom Cruise film, but I could see it being remade with a better script. I also just watched The Ratings Game starring Danny DeVito and think it would be perfect for an update. In a world where streaming is on the rise, how could one man end up making the next Game of Thrones or Friends on the network that would make streaming services like Prime Video and Netflix sweat? I’d be first in line to see a film that tackles Nielsen ratings and what makes a show in the streaming age successful.
So what about you, screenagers? What ’80s films would you welcome a remake of?
I’ll see you in the trenches.