Remakes of classic films are being released more frequently than ever—from “Ghostbusters” to “Jumanji,” to “King Kong,” and more. But there are still a whole lot of classics that would make for incredible remakes, here are ten of them.
Check out some suggestions down below:
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Mike Nichols
To accurately portray Benjamin Braddock and the cougar pioneer Mrs. Robnison, there has to be a steamy couple. After his emotional breakout role in “Call Me By Your Name,” and Timothée Chalamet could easily pull off Ben’s wistful naiveté, especially opposite someone like the sultry Famke Janssen.
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: James Cameron
There will never be another Kate and Leo. Almost certainly not another scaled remake of the boat itself (props to James Cameron for his painstaking accuracy) but it’s not too hard to picture Lily James alongside Taylor Swift’s beau, Joe Alwyn, as he’s got the same vivid eyes and blonde locks as DiCaprio once did. And as a bonus, throw in Tom Hiddleston as Billy Zane’s Cal Hockley, and you’ve got a trifecta for the ages, or, well, for the Swifties.
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Orson Welles
Is Jack Nicholson out of commission yet? Because if not, he could be a definite contender for the older Charles Foster Kane. But for the slightly younger Kane, Bryan Cranston could undoubtedly pull off Orson Welles’ devastating character. And for the significantly younger Kane? Brit Freddie Stroma bears enough of a resemblance to both men that you just might be able to pull it off.
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Michael Curtiz
He’s already proved his worth as one of today’s leading men, so taking on Humphrey Bogart’s Rick would only make sense for Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling. As for Ilsa, Léa Seydoux, one of France’s leading ladies, could easily convey Ingrid Bergman, though Diane Kruger could also be a definite contender for the role.
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Francis Ford Coppola
We think we can all agree Mark Wahlberg would beat every other action star to the punch if it meant taking on Martin Sheen’s role in a remake of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam-era epic. Though, maybe Tom Cruise would give him a run for his money if “Ethan Hunt” ever went back to dramas.
“A Raisin in the Sun”
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Daniel Petrie
There’s no question that Sidney Poitier is irreplaceable, but Denzel Washington is as close a contender as you can get. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Academy Award winner portrayed the role of Walter on Broadway only a few years ago. This time though, I’d have to pick Viola Davis as Walter’s better half, Ruth. The two already made for a powerhouse couple in “Fences,” it’d only be too exciting to see them again.
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
She’s already played “The Queen,” and won an Academy Award for doing it against fierce competition, so it wouldn’t be a stretch for Helen Mirren to play the drama queen to end all drama queens.
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Charles Chaplin
Is it a copout to pick Robert Downey, Jr. as the charismatic Charlie Chaplin (especially since he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992)? Well, if it is, let’s go for his son, Indio Downey, who bears a striking resemblance to the Avenger.
“Singin’ in the Rain”
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Not many people could live up to the duo of Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, but Justin Timberlake has the moves. As for the O’Connor to his Kelly, “Dancing with the Stars,” alum Derek Hough could give Timberlake some competition. When it comes to Debbie Reynolds’ role, I’d love to see Lupita Nyong’o in a musical role, but as we’ve never heard her belt out a tune, that might be a long shot.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
ORIGINAL DIRECTOR: Blake Edwards
Emmy Rossum could easily don the slinky Givenchy dress that made Holly Golightly the woman she was, and Neil Patrick Harris has a similar to look to George Peppard’s Paul “Fred” Varjak.