In the last decade or so, much talk has been made of Hollywood’s taste for reheated fare. For many, this reliance on the tried and tested is symptomatic of an industry that has simply run out of ideas. Why go for originality when you can latch on to a product that already has an inbuilt fan-base eager for more of it? Entertainment is a business after all, and if you can rig the system in your favour, so much the better.
Yet despite the financial windfall that often comes with revisiting an old favourite, the critical consensus suggests that it is better to leave the past where it is. For every success story, we have many more unmitigated disasters, the most famous of them all being the Star Wars prequels, which were found to be so offensively awful that the only remedy was another reboot.
2017 promises to be another year full of remakes, reboots, sequels and prequels, which is another way of saying that disappointment, frustration and downright disbelief await those hanging out for another serving of their favourite film or TV series. Or is it?
Before you throw your arms up in despair, there are a few diamonds to be found in the pop cultural rough. And thanks to Cream, you don’t have to waste your time wading through the muck to find them.
Here are our seven most anticipated restyled releases for 2017.
01. Twin Peaks
David Lynch’s wonderfully warped TV series returns as a mini-series on Showtime in May (available to stream on Stan, too). Many of the original cast will be taking a second go-round on the bizarre ride that is Twin Peaks, and we thank them for it. Remember, before Twin Peaks‘ debut in 1990, television was just plain, well, normal.
02. T2: Trainspotting
The sequel to the the indie darling which put the cool in ‘Cool Britannia’ in the ’90s will grace our big screens in February. Audiences will get the chance to check back in with Renton and the gang and see how middle-age has treated them. Are they still delivering the drugs and the drama with dastardly consequences? Wait and see.
03. Blade Runner 2049
Helmed by visionary Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, fresh off the success of sci-fi smash Arrival, this sequel to the 1982 classic looks set to blow our minds in October. Harrison Ford makes a reappearance but man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling is the main runner this time.
04. Alien Covenant
Despite the lame duck sequels that followed James Cameron’s Aliens (itself a sequel), this latest entry in the Alien canon has Ridley Scott back in the director’s chair and is sure to bring the scares this May.
05. War Of The Planet Of The Apes
The last two films in the rebooted Apes franchise have bucked the trend in terms of the critical reception for a modern reworking of a classic in that they garnered much praise. We’re hoping the third instalment will continue this good run of fortune and keep us on the edge of our seat this July.
06. The Good Fight
Popularised in the 1970s, the spin-off series is something we haven’t seen too much of in the last twenty or so years. On the back of the incredible success of The Good Wife, the dogged defence attorney Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) gets to take centre stage in her own series, The Good Fight. Airing in February on CBS All Access (an Australian broadcaster has yet to be announced), the series will look to continue the razor-sharp storytelling we have come to expect from the Good Wife team.
07. Will & Grace: Reunion
The cast of Will & Grace will be reunited 10 years after the end of the initial series. All the main stars are back: Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally plus we can expect to see dozens (oh, double that!) of guest star cameos. In fact so star-studded, it’s already being dubbed “the reunion of reunions”. Director James Burrows is so adamant the project will work, he’s already considering bringing back the casts from Friends, Cheers and Frasier. Chris Prindiville