6. Charlie’s Angels
There are certain trends evident in the release schedules of the remakes in 2019. Producers have matured with age and now better grasp what will work at the box office. It is the decade of women empowerment and they have decided to fuel the sentiment in the public consciousness by remaking old films which showed the first hints of this empowerment.
The film in question is the original “Charlie’s Angels,” adapted from the television series of the same name, which boasted an all-female protagonist cast with star-making turns from Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu.
A role reversal of the familiar male detective agents, “Charlie’s Angels” was a box office success and one of the highest grossing films of 2000. In 2019, the remake will be directed by a female director and the excellent casting includes Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska in the leading roles.
7. Masters of the Universe
Fantasy action as a genre was always a very hit or miss case and continues to be so, but it has a tradition of drawing big crowds into the cinema halls. This is one of the probable reasons behind the green-lighting of the remake of the film “Master of the Universe” which was a commercial failure. The original film was released after the success of the Mattel toy line, which has the imaginary superhero He-Man fighting against his nemesis Skeletor.
Another reason may be the continued success of the toy-based films such as the LEGO movies, the Power Rangers, and more in Hollywood. The Nee brothers will direct the remake and the film will be released in late 2019. Expect a reorder for the production of new Mattel He-Man toys.
8. Call of the Wild
Jack London was a celebrated writer in the early 20th century. He published several books in his lifetime, and “The Call of the Wild” is the most famous. As a result, Hollywood has adapted several versions of the book for screen throughout different decades. There are at least four to five official and unofficial adaptations of this book for the screen.
Let’s fast-forward to 2019. Harrison Ford is a renowned action star and Chris Sanders is well connected in Hollywood for his “How to Train Your Dragon” movies. Even on paper, a film remake of “The Call of the Wild” is an enticing affair, with Ford in the leading role and cinematographer Janusz Kamiński there to allure us with the fascinating white landscape. The film is slated to be released in late 2019.
9. Little Women
Another adaptation of a literary piece of work, “Little Women” is set to release in the last half of 2019. It was the most famous work of author Louisa May Alcott, like the previous entry on this list. This chronicles the semi-biographical account of Alcott’s and her sister’s life. The book has been adapted for screen four times and 2019 is going to witness a new version.
Viewers have reason enough to be excited for the new version as it will be directed by Greta Gerwig, who impressed with her debut outing “Lady Bird” in 2017. The film also has an excellent cast, which is another reason for excitement. Emma Watson, Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, and several others will star in this upcoming drama.
10. Miss Bala
“Miss Bala,” the 2011 Mexican crime drama, was highly appreciated by the viewers at the time of its release. It was selected as the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
This Mexican film will get an American remake in 2019. Catherine Hardwicke of “Thirteen” fame directed the remake, and Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” stars as the protagonist in the film. The film documents the dark underbelly of the crime world seen from the eyes of an innocent victim, namely Miss Bala, a beauty competition participant in the film.