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Are Retro Remakes A Good Idea?

Posted by Big Boo on April 4th, 2009

I wrote about Spandau Ballet this week after hearing they were regrouping for a tour later this year.  Not that I group Spandau in this way, but it got me thinking about the number of things from the 1980’s which are being rejuvenated these days.  It’s also not solely the eighties which is being ransacked for remake ideas, other decades are also being raided, particularly the 1970’s.

In the past few years we’ve had new versions The Dukes of Hazzard, Battlestar Galactica, The Bionic Woman and Knight Rider, and even my fave film Ghostbusters is getting a lot of attention thanks to the new videogame, with rumours of a new film to follow (mind you, there have been plenty of those).  Another fave of mine, Red Dwarf, is also due back on our screens for a new 3-part story over the Easter weekend on satellite channel Dave.

Anyway, this weeks survey is to see how you feel about this trend.  Is it mostly good or should it be stopped?  When it’s done well, like Battlestar Galactica for example, I think it’s a good thing, but what happens if the remake is a turkey?  Does it spoil your enjoyment of the original?  I’ve heard bad things about the new Knight Rider series which make me suspect it might fall into the feathered camp.  Let us know your thoughts by adding a comment, and please vote in our more generic survey below…

Are retro remakes a good idea?
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