Movie remakes are all the rage these days and like pretty much every trend that Hollywood uses excessively, it’s led to some notable artistic triumphs and some pretty dismal failures. For instance: did we really need a Robocop remake? The answer is no; the original is perfect. Surprisingly, in the mad dash to remake seemingly every movie ever released, there are quite a few that have been curiously ignored. We’re as sick as anyone of Hollywood’s remake fever but admittedly, there are some films that would totally benefit from a redo. It’s probably only a matter of time before most (or even all) of the following movies receive the remake treatment, but we’d still like to give Hollywood a push in the right direction by highlighting which titles actually deserve to be given another shot.
17. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
The original adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is undeniably a cinematic classic, with Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black dress and tiara still considered a high watermark for women’s fashion to this day. Unfortunately, it’s also nearly 60 years old at this point, making it difficult to enjoy without noticing the many ways in which it’s dated. Most problematic is a yellow-faced Mickey Rooney’s Mr. Yunioshi, a racist, unbearably annoying caricature whose presence tarnishes the film as a whole.
The other issue, at least for fans of Capote’s source material, is that Breakfast at Tiffany’s glosses over or omits altogether many of the novel’s darker material, such as Holly being a call girl or that the novella’s unnamed narrator is a gay man (and most likely a gay prostitute) — a far cry from the romantic interest played by George Peppard in the film. An updated adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany’s would be free to explore these formerly taboo aspects of Capote’s story and offer a more faithful adaptation in the process.