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We Bet You Didn’t Know These 15 Movies Were Remakes Of Old Classics

How many films on this list do you know were remakes of old classics?

True Lies

The 1994 film is a remake of the French comedy La Totale! which featured a lot of action. There are talks of creating a remaking of this film in 2021

Meet the Parents

The film is a remake of a 1992 indie comedy of the same name. The 1992 original was shot
for just $30,000. That’s like a percent of the budget that Meet The Parents had.

 

The Thing

The Kurt Russel film was actually a remake of John Carpenter’s 1951 The Thing From Another World. Carpenter’s movie isn’t just more blood-soaked, it’s also closer to the original novel by John W. Campbell.

 

The Sound of Music

This film was the third film about the Von Trapp family. The previous 2 movies were made in Germany in the 1950s. All have been based on the same book as the play that was then turned into the IAUM classic Julie Andrews musical.

 

The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

The characters played by Steve Martin and Michael Caine that became favorites in 1988 were previously portrayed in 1964 by Marlon Brando and David Niven. The original film was called Bedtime Story.

 

Ocean’s Eleven

The film is a remake of a 1960 film that featured Frank Sinatra. Sinatra’s Danny Ocean was joined by the entire Rat Pack – Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Dean Martin, and Joey Bishop.

 

Meet Joe Black

This film is part of a string of adaptations and remakes. Meet Joe Black is a version of 1934’s Death Takes a Holiday which itself is an adaptation of an Italian play (which is staged still today – as a musical).

 

The Wizard Of Oz

This film that featured Judy Garland is far from being the first Wizard of Oz movie. Over time there have been many adaptations of Frank L. Baum’s book. It had two different movie versions just in 1910.

 

Little Shop of Horrors

This film was a remake of Roger Corman’s 1960 movie. The original one was a low-budget horror-comedy that featured Jack Nicholson in the lead.

 

Bo and Luke from Duke from The Dukes Of Hazzard

The characters were adapted from 1975’s Moonrunners where they were called Grady and Bobby

 

Gone in 60 Seconds

This action thriller was first made in 1974. The original is the work of H.B. “Toby” Halicki, a car-
obsessed maverick with no previous moviemaking experience. He died while making a sequel in 1989.

 

The Good Doctor

This show is an adaptation of a Kdrama. Producer Daniel Dae Kim optioned it thinking it could be a hit with the American audiences (and the series almost had an Asian lead):

 

Three’s Company

The show that came out in 70s was made twice in the same decade. The American series is a remake of the British Man About the House. Even the spin-offs of both shows follow a similar plotline.

 

The Maltese Falcon

This film became one of the greatest film noir movies in its third remake. Dashiell Hammet’s novel was filmed in 1931 and 1936 (with different titles), before the definitive 1941 version starring Humphrey Bogart came out.

 

The Departed

This action thriller was called Infernal Affairs when it was made in Hong Kong four years before. Martin Scorsese set a perfect example of how remakes are made.

 

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Written by Muneer