8 movies in need of a blockbuster reboot

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Pixar movies are all well and good (well, great), but I can’t help but miss the kind of kid’s movies that did the rounds in the 1980s. Of these, The Last Starfighter was a favorite -- and it’s definitely prime material for a reboot.The movie tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teen boy who’s recruited by an alien defense force to help fight in an interstellar war, all because of his skill at the Starfighter arcade game. It was essentially a Star Wars ripoff, but it was one of the best ones, and among the first films to feature CGI graphics.Three decades after the movie’s 1984 release, video games have moved on a lot, but The Last Starfighter's key ingredients would be great in a refresh for the Oculus Rift generation. Today’s photo-realistic graphics and immersive VR environments would also open the doors for a blurring between fantasy and reality, making this a cross between The Last Starfighter and Total Recall.

Pixar movies are all well and good (well, great), but I can’t help but miss the kind of kid’s movies that did the rounds in the 1980s. Of these, The Last Starfighter was a favorite -- and it’s definitely prime material for a reboot.

The movie tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teen boy who’s recruited by an alien defense force to help fight in an interstellar war, all because of his skill at the Starfighter arcade game. It was essentially a Star Wars ripoff, but it was one of the best ones, and among the first films to feature CGI graphics.

Three decades after the movie’s 1984 release, video games have moved on a lot, but The Last Starfighter's key ingredients would be great in a refresh for the Oculus Rift generation. Today’s photo-realistic graphics and immersive VR environments would also open the doors for a blurring between fantasy and reality, making this a cross between The Last Starfighter and Total Recall.


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Got your own favorite movie or TV franchise that’s just begging for a reboot? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Rene Rochefort
  • Sohail Mamdani

    Actually, Stargate is being rebooted already. http://www.deadline.com/2014/05/mgm-warner-bros-reboot-stargate/

  • Ronniiraygun

    The Last Starfighter is still one of my favorite all time movies to this day. I still watch it once a year and have introduced my kids to it. I’ve been waiting almost 30 years for the sequel.

  • FootSoldier

    Spawn!

  • Brian Davis

    They Live! – A great basic idea that could be expanded on to endless possibilities. Although Rowdy Roddy Piper was surprisingly better than anticipated, better actors could have done wonders for the original.

    Point of No Return – Completely rewrite the ending by not so drastically normalizing the protagonist. Make the assassinations a little more thrilling… and, again… better acting (Bridgette Fonda, ffs??).

  • Quentin Jersey

    Last Starfighter and Explorers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Explorers_(film)

    Leave Alien alone. It is perfect.

  • mindbomb2000

    You are dead wrong regarding Reign of Fire. The biggest flaw was that it was marketed as something it was never meant to be (people expected a CG dragon action flick from start to finish). It has outstanding performances and creates a unique world… and was much more subtle that what people expected.

  • Paulo Vieira

    Back to the Future ? Maybe a revamp /continuation and relive the franchise.

  • trildog99

    There’s a better chance of a Citizen Kane reboot than a Pulp Fiction reboot. But in all honesty, neither will ever happen. However, I would love to see a Weekend at Bernie’s reboot.