Classic Action Movies That Should Get a Remake and Who Should Star

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April 3rd, 2014

Action movies never cease to be popular, no matter when in history they are released. Certain trends often emerge, however, and in the last decade or so, superhero and fantasy films have undoubtedly dominated the genre. Here are some classic action films released before 2000 that should get the 21st century treatment with some of the best actors of recent times.

"The Beastmaster" With Sharlto Copley

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"The Beastmaster" was a fantasy film franchise of the 1980s that starred Marc Singer in the titular role. The film was not particularly popular in terms of box office numbers, but after a time, it began to build a strong cult following. A remake would easily fit in with the superhero and fantasy films that are gaining steam in recent years. South African actor and director Sharlto Copley would be an interesting choice to star in the film either as the main character or a secondary character, and he would be a great director for the film as he is well-known for his science-fiction connections.


"Highlander" With Joel Kinnaman

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The "Highlander" film spawned a franchise that includes film sequels as well as a fairly long-running television series. The original film starred Christopher Lambert and the ever-popular Sean Connery as the immortal warriors. There is a confirmed remake in the works, which will be directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, but so far no casting choices have stuck. However, the original film turned Christopher Lambert into a star, and it is not far-fetched to imagine how a new one could do the same for relative unknown Joel Kinnaman. Kinnaman is a Swedish actor who is probably best known for his role in the 2014 reboot of "RoboCop".


"Masters of the Universe" With Sam Worthington

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 "Masters of the Universe" was a 1987 fantasy film based on a popular merchandise franchise by Mattel. The movie did relatively poorly at the box office despite debuting in third, and it starred Dolph Lundgren as He-Man. Sequels and reboots have been rumored for years, but so far nothing concrete has emerged. However, with the recent popularity of superhero movies, it is only a matter of time before He-Man gets a second chance to engage audiences. One suggestion to play the He-Man character is Sam Worthington of "Avatar" and the "Clash of the Titans" remake fame. He has solid experience in a fantasy role and would clearly do well as He-Man.


"Big Trouble in Little China" With Ryan Reynolds

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A crazy, fantastical martial arts comedy caper starring Kurt Russell, "Big Trouble in Little China" was directed by John Carpenter and released in 1986. The film employed a small budget, and despite varying reviews from critics, was a box office success. Reboot rumors are few and far between, but one casting suggestion is Ryan Reynolds of "Green Lantern" fame. The similarities between the two movies are notable, as both operate on a fantasy mythos.


"Death Wish" With Denzel Washington

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"Death Wish" was a series of films mostly popular in the 80s, although the first film in the series was released in 1974. The franchise effectively ended in 1994 with the fifth film. Talks began in 2006 for a reboot, with Sylvester Stallone at the helm and proposing to make the main character a gunless cop. However, the plans never went through, and rumors continue to swirl about a remake. The original films starred action hero Charles Bronson, but for more of a thinking man's action star, a reboot should consider Denzel Washington as the protagonist.

"The Rocketeer" With Chris Evans

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"The Rocketeer" was based on a superhero story by Dave Stevens and originally starred Billy Campbell in the titular role. Campbell was an unknown actor at the time of his casting, and the director had to convince Walt Disney to allow the casting choice. Critical reviews were largely positive, but the film itself was considered a box office flop. Rumors for remakes and sequels have swirled around the title for years. Any reboot of the film should consider the star power of Chris Evans, who is most well-known for superhero roles such as Captain America in three Marvel superhero films and is being considered for at least a fourth.


"The Fugitive" With Christian Bale as the Fugitive and Gary Oldman as the Cop -

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"The Fugitive" was an early 90s film starring Harrison Ford as the titular character and Tommy Lee Jones as the marshal pursuing him. Both actors were very popular at that time, and the film's box office returns reflected that. It grossed $368,875,760 and spent six weeks at number one, not to mention garnering seven Oscar nominations. The cost to make it was relatively low, so its success was considered to be of blockbuster capacity. Part of what made the film so popular was the intense chemistry between Ford and Jones as the hunter and the hunted. A reboot starring two of the more intense actors in recent history would be sure to garner positive reviews. Christian Bale is known for his work with the "Batman" franchise, and Gary Oldman is known for playing intense, offbeat characters.

Some of these films are confirmed to either be in the works or at least in the talks. However, many simply continue to be hopeful rumors from die-hard action fans.