Tracing 100 Years of Movie Remakes

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With Aladdin, Pet Sematary, and The Lion King hitting theaters in the coming months, 2019 is set to be a big year for movie remakes. But refreshing cinema's biggest crowd-pleasers isn't a trick that Hollywood learned recently. The film industry has been remaking movies for most of its history, as musicMagpie shows in their breakdown of 100 years of remakes.

To calculate their data, musicMagpie analyzed 1438 films from 1902 through the present day. They found that A Christmas Carol is the most remade film of all time: Seven versions of Charles Dickens's classic story have been made for the screen since 1935. Albert Finney, Michael Caine, Patrick Stewart, and Jim Carrey are just a few of the actors who have played Ebenezer Scrooge.

On average, Hollywood waits about 23 years before producing a remake of an original film. Once the first remake is released, the gap between any subsequent remakes gets shorter. The longest audiences have had to wait for a remake was 80 years, when the remake of the 1920 film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari came out in 2005. The new Dumbo movie from Tim Burton comes close to that record: When it hits theaters next month, 78 years will have passed since the original 1941 Disney film.

It may feel like remakes are more popular than ever, but they've actually declined in popularity in the last 10 years or so. The 2000s saw the most remakes of any decade, with an average of 19 a year. In 2005, a record-breaking 33 remakes made it to the big screen.

You can find the full list of statistics on movie remakes here. And if you're looking to go even deeper, you can check out these remakes that were remakes of other remakes, and these directors who remade their own films.

Welcome to the Party, Pal: A Die Hard Board Game is Coming

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Win McNamee, Getty Images

On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the classic Bruce Willis action film Die Hard last year, tabletop board game company The OP has announced that John McClane will once again battle his way through Nakatomi Plaza. Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist is a board game officially licensed by Fox Consumer Products that will drop players into a setting familiar to anyone who has seen the film: As New York cop McClane tries to reconcile with his estranged wife, he must navigate a team of cutthroat thieves set on overtaking a Los Angeles high-rise.

The box art for the 'Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist' board game is pictured
The OP

The game is expected to have a one-against-many format, with one player assuming the role of McClane and the other players conspiring as the thieves to eliminate him from the Plaza.

The OP, also known as USAOpoly, has previously created games based on Avengers: Infinity War and the Harry Potter franchise. Die Hard has spawned four sequels, the latest being 2013’s A Good Day to Die Hard. Willis will likely return as McClane for a sixth installment that will alternate between the present day and his rookie years in the NYPD. That film has no release date set.

The board game is expected to arrive this spring.

[h/t MovieWeb]

Ralph Fiennes Doesn’t Want to See Anyone Else Play Voldemort

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Who knew actor Ralph Fiennes would be so possessive of his Voldemort role from the Harry Potter movies? After all the hours sitting in a makeup chair, putting on a bald cap, and making his nose disappear day after day, you’d think Fiennes would be ok with never playing this evil character again—especially considering that he almost turned down the role in the first place. But it seems that the character really grew on the two-time Oscar nominee. As Screen Rant reports, Fiennes has made it clear that if Voldemort is ever needed in a future film, he's ready to come back.

“Well, there are variants, aren’t there? Fantastic Beasts and things. I feel a kind of affection for Voldemort," Fiennes said while appearing on Newsnight. "So if there was a world in which Voldemort came back, I would be very possessive about wanting to reprise that."

Voldemort coming back was always a lingering danger in the early Harry Potter books and movies, as fans waited eagerly to see the Dark Lord reborn and return to full power. It was definitely worth the wait when we were finally able to watch Voldemort return toward the end of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book—and movie—in the series.

As of right now though, it's uncertain whether Fiennes will ever get the chance to reprise his role. The only movies exploring the Wizarding World currently are the Fantastic Beasts films, which take place in 1927. Voldemort was born in 1926, so even if there would be a substantial time jump, Fiennes might be too old to play Voldemort. But at least we know that he is dedicated to the character, and that if Voldemort ever did come back, fans could count on him to jump right back into the role.

[h/t: Screen Rant]

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