8 movie remakes that didn't live up to the original TV show
Hopefully Hollywood has learned something from these films.
When reruns and syndication aren't enough for fans of classic TV shows, Hollywood takes it one step further and cranks out a remake. Remakes have been around about as long as movies, but over the last 25 years there's been an insatiable appetite to recycle old shows and make them shiny new films.
Sometimes the formula works, and sometimes it doesn't. For every Charlie's Angels and Star Trek, there is a Bewitched or Land of the Lost. Not every remake can live up to the original show, and these eight are prime examples of messing with a good thing.
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1. Dragnet (1987)
The 1987 remake of the long running television series was part homage, part parody. Although the film did pretty well at the box office, it received a lukewarm response from critics.
2. The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)
The original Jed Clampett made a cameo appearance in this 1993 remake of the 1960s TV series. Although the film performed well at the box office, critics panned it. Roger Ebert gave the film a half star, saying the movie didn't build upon the series.
Fun fact: Jerry Scoggins, who sang the theme song for the TV series, requested to sing the tune for the film. The studio originally didn't ask him because they didn't know he was still alive.
3. The Flintstones (1994)
The live-action remake of The Flintstones didn't sit well with critics, but that didn't stop fans of the original series to flock to their local movie theater. The appeal of Fred, Barney, and the gang helped the film gross about $340 million at the box office. A prequel was made in 2000 with much less success.
4. Lost In Space (1998)
The film carries a darker tone than the original TV series, which didn't go over well with critics. But Lost in Space wound up earning $136 million against its massive $80 million budget.
5. The Mod Squad (1999)
The supercool crime drama got a reboot in the late 90s with Claire Danes leading the cast. But the counterculture appeal of the 60s series must not have translated to audiences in the 90s. The film bombed at the box office, and the website Rotten Tomatoes reports that only 4 percent of critics gave it a good review. That's not so cool.
6. The Honeymooners (2005)
The creators of The Honeymooners remake took a risk when they cast an all African American ensemble for the film. But it was a risk that didn't pay off. In addition to overwhelmingly negative reviews, the film was a failure, making a paltry $13 million at the box office.
7. Bewitched (2005)
The updated version of Bewitched had everything going for it: a well respected actress, a popular funny guy, and a critically lauded director. But alas, nothing went right with this remake. Audiences shunned it, and critics panned it. The New York Times went as far as calling it an "unmitigated disaster..." Ouch!
8. Land of the Lost (2009)
With the Land of the Lost movie getting the blessing of Sid and Marty Krofft, the original show's creators, it seemed fans of the 1970s TV series could breathe easy. But the parody didn't sit well with audiences, making only $65 million of its $100 million budget. Will Ferrell never made a remake again.