There is something to be said about the science fiction genre, and films that warrant a quality remake. True classics like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind…? They don’t need to be touched. Let them play on. We’re more interested in remaking science fiction flicks that had great stories, yet suffered from a lack of science, or the development of film arts and sciences—practical and special effects. Some of the following films are slated for remakes, but until cameras are rolling… Hollywood studios: get these seven into pre-production pronto, please.
Color us sentimental, but there is something eternally delightful about Cocoon. Getting a group of screen legends together to make any film is always a bonus, but when those legends are in the twilight of their careers, and lives, it’s a rare and special treat. The original Cocoon story holds up 31 years later. It was directed by Ron Howard, and starred screen icons such as Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Don Ameche, Brian Dennehy, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy and the incomparable Gwen Verdon. This foray into science fiction was as much science fantasy, or spiritual sci-fi, than fiction based in science—which most sci-fi flicks are. Either way, this film is ripe for a remake. The original did warrant a sequel, suggesting the fan base is still out there yearning for more. And thinking of current legends in the senior citizen class…? Every cast member could be an Oscar winner.