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Biggest Headline of '09: Remake Mayhem

Biggest Headline of '09: Remake Mayhem

Everything old was new again in the entertainment world in 2009! The Hollywood powers that be decided that the past was the richest mine of inspiration, as evidenced by the scads of remakes in movies and TV.

The small screen has recycled '90s night soaps Melrose Place and 90210 to mixed results, while new ones were announced: look for a version of Charlie's Angels in the future. Some TV shows were mercifully declared dead in the water in the case of a US version of UK show Absolutely Fabulous.

In theaters, this year saw '70s and '80s flicks The Stepfather and Fame, but the list for planned movie remakes is long: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, The Neverending Story, Little Shop of Horrors, and Footloose are all in the works.

To read more about 2009's year in remakes, just read more.

Some aim to freshen up successful franchises, like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Karate Kid, while others even have famous names of current stars attached to reinvigorate them, like Ashley Tisdale in Teen Witch, Rihanna and Channing Tatum possibly in a The Bodyguard remake, and Drop Dead Fred with Russell Brand in the title role.

As much as I love classics, there are some I won't mind a remake of; I'm interested in another take at East of Eden, while Adam Shankman, who made a pretty good updated Hairspray, will try his hand at Bye Bye Birdie.

They even cross genres, from movies remade from TV shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which went from movies to TV, and will go back to movies) to TV shows remade from movies (the Teen Wolf TV show and a Heathers show).

What remake news excited — or angered — you in 2009?

Don't forget to check out the rest of my Best of 2009 coverage!

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