Back to the '80s in 'year of the remake'
Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00
AT LEAST 30 1980s' box-office favourites, including 'Private Benjamin', 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' and 'Conan the Barbarian' are being dusted off by Hollywood film studios in the "year of the remake".
'Clash of the Titans', a 3D remake of the 1981 original, is riding high at the box office -- having taken $61.4m (€45.4m) in its opening weekend in the US.
The revival of classic '80s films is just beginning, as studios pin their hopes on the belief that cinema-goers will return to what they know in difficult financial times.
Reviving old films is a well-trodden path toward shoring up bank balances in Hollywood: George Clooney's 2001 remake of 'Ocean's Eleven', the 1960s Rat Pack movie, grossed $450m (€333m).
Other remakes coming soon include 'The Karate Kid', which is produced by Will Smith and stars his son, Jaden.
The heavy roster of sci-fi revivals is expected to benefit enormously from advances in special effects.
While the visual effects in 'Ghostbusters' and 'The Neverending Story' are now celebrated as kitsch, modern technology will breathe new life into the action. (© Daily Telegraph, London)