So, at ComingSoon they just posted an article about an upcoming remake of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, a 1985 comedy starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Isn't the point -- er, financial motivation -- behind a remake that you have a brand name of sorts you can capitalize on and not have to market something new to audiences? Even though I'm pretty sure they sell this movie at Targets across the country for $5.00, it doesn't mean anyone's chomping at the bit to see the "franchise" continue or the "brand name" revitalized. At least people have heard of Dawn of the Dead and The Manchurian Candidate and would likely see a remake.
I'm glad we just don't care anymore. We'll pillage anything to avoid having to come up with a fresh idea. I feel like Girls Just Want to Have Fun was selected because Sarah Jessica Parker was in it. Just the fact that someone who is currently famous was in a movie is now grounds for remaking it. I'm sure they'll have a new Once Bitten going into production in no time.
I also forgot that the Footloose remake was probably announced this year, so I added it to the tally.
Remake Watch 2009:
8 film remakes announced
4 film remakes released
2 tv remakes released
2 reboots released
A "reboot" is defined by Remake Watch as a new attempt at a film series with new actors playing old characters (thus, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Race to Witch Mountain are excluded). Sequels to remakes (The Pink Panther 2, Halloween 2) are ignored.