The first Jurassic World movie rebooted the Jurassic Park movie trilogy in a spectacular way, taking an incredible $1.67 BILLION at the box office, and Jurassic World 2, coming out in summer 2018, has the potential to eclipse that.
Reboots seem to be the big thing in Hollywood at the moment, but simply taking a classic movie or TV series and doing a reboot is no guarantee of big box office success. Over the past few years there’s been big money hits and absolute turkey misses – here we’re going to look at five very big reboots.
HIT – Spider-Man
The real modern day Spider-Man franchise started in 2002 with Toby Maguire featuring in three movies as everyone’s favourite webslinger.
Then there was the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2, rebooting the franchise just five short years since Spider-Man 3.
Coming in 2017 we have the latest reboot, after a brilliant guest appearance in Captain America: Civil War, where Tom Holland will play Spider-Man in Spider-Man: Homecoming. And it looks incredible.
HIT… THEN MISS – Batman
After many Batman movies, the modern age reboot came with Tim Burton behind the camera, with Michael Keaton as Batman, Jack Nicholson as The Joker, and giving the plethora of Batman something juicy to finally sink their bat claws into. Well, until they were followed by a couple of Joel Schumaker turkeys.
And then, after seven years, we had the Dark Knight Trilogy, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. This is possibly the reboot to blow away all reboots. Three character defining movies, these really are the finest Batman movies you’ll ever see.
But it was just four years before Ben Afleck took on the role in Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And let’s face it, it really wasn’t great. Maybe there’s better to come in the new 2017 Justice League film, but after Bale and Nolan, Batman might have already gone a reboot too far.
MANY HITS… MANY MISSES – Bond, James Bond
Over the years, the character of James Bond has featured many different actors, Connery, Moore, Lazenby, Dalton, Brosnan. But the real reboot came in 2006 with Casino Royale, with Daniel Craig stepping into the biggest spy shoes in movie history. He absolutely transfixed audiences with a brutal, brilliant portrayal of James Bond. Quatum of Solace was a pure turkey compared to that first film, but subsequent Craig films – Skyfall and Spectre – put the franchise back on track.
MISS… THEN HIT – Planet of the Apes
The original 1960s film is a solid gold classic, only lessened by each sequel. But when Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg delivered a reboot in 2001, it proved to be an absolute stinker. However, the concept behind this is just too good to lay down and die, and the reboot that started with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes proved a huge blockbuster hit.
TOO CONFUSING TO TELL – Star Trek
Oh, there have been so many great Star Trek films. And there have been so many awful Star Trek films. Shatner et al were replaced by the crew of the Next Generation, but the real reboot came with JJ Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek reboot that really kicked things up another gear to deliver a stunning movie worthy of the franchise.
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