WITH an unnecessary remake of The Lion King in cinemas, how far can the film industry take this creatively bankrupt trend? Here are some ideas.
Get Carter the Cat
Get Carter has such great brand recognition it’s perfect to be turned into a U-rated film with animated animals. Everything about the original will be ruined, from icy gangster Jack Carter now being a cat voiced by James Corden, to the reworking of classic lines, eg. “You’re a big penguin, but you’re in bad shape.”
Audiences enjoyed Avengers: Endgame earlier in 2019, so why won’t they enjoy it again four months later? The remake would be largely identical to the original, but with Iron Man given a different colour suit to boost toy sales among children and tragic adult nerds.
Withnail and I
This hilarious, moving and unique film brilliantly captures the death of the 1960s in a way that cannot be improved on. So let’s f*ck it up. Now set in 2019, Withnail will be played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a scatty thespian who coughs hilariously on joints while opining about anal sex. New ‘feelgood’ ending shows Withnail winning an Oscar.
On the Buses
The rights to this unfunny, sub-Carry On 1970s sh*te can probably be picked up for a song, which is reason enough for a remake. With a minimal budget, it will still be possible to turn a profit on Stan (James Corden again) and Jack (Lee Mack) perving over ‘smashing dollybirds’.
Toy Story (live action)
The Lion King proves that switching from animation to (sort of) live action is worth a punt, so the remake will feature 63-year-old Tom Hanks as Woody and 66-year-old Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. And a lot of stunt doubles.
The Empire Strikes Back
Total no-brainer. Audiences will still flock to see a remake of the best of all the Star Wars movies, even if it’s full of utter cack like Boba Fett tearfully explaining he just wants to be loved.