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PAPERMAG Casts '80s Movie Remakes

If there's one thing Hollywood loves more than a good comeback, it's a remake of an '80s movie. The past few years have witnessed remakes of Dirty Dancing, Footloose, and Karate Kid to name but a few. Along with these are a whole host of remake rumors (MannequinGremlinsTeen Witch! The Blue Lagoon! They're even remaking Garbage Pail Kids!) that have been floating around the ether. 

Although PAPERMAG has been incredibly busy casting other imaginary projects lately -- we spent hours scrutinizing over whom to pick for the next season of Dancing With the Stars -- we've found time to set our sights on what '80s movies are due for a remake and whom we'd like to see in them. Our criteria was fairly straightforward: we wanted to look at beloved eighties movies that veer on the "cult classic" or "teen flick" side, line rather than masterpieces (we'd never touch The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller's Day Off, by contrast).

As always, feel free to agree with our choices or say they're utter b.s. in the comments below.


Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 1.56.03 PM.pngOriginal: Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.46.02 PM.pngOur Re-make: Penn Badgley and Lea Michele

How likely is a remake?:  There have been rumors that Director Joe Dante was gearing up for a remake but as far as we know, nothing's materialized.

Uncle Buck

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 1.58.55 PM.pngOriginal: John Candy

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.49.11 PM.pngOur Re-make: Zack Galifianakis

How likely is a remake?: A few years ago sources said actor Dan Fogler might take Candy's role in a possible remake but it appears that was just hearsay.

Just One of the Guys

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.02.44 PM.pngOriginal: Joyce Hyser

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.50.13 PM.pngOur Re-make: Kristen Stewart

How likely is a remake?: This flick seems to have been spared remake rumors...for now.

The Lost Boys

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.09.40 PM.pngOriginal: Corey Haim (Sam), Kiefer Sutherland (David), Jamie Gertz (Star) and Corey Feldman (Edgar Frog)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 3.57.33 PM.pngOur Re-make: Nick Jonas (Sam), Ryan Gosling (David), Camilla Belle (Star) and Ezra Miller (Edgar Frog)

How likely is a remake?: There doesn't appear to be any talk of a remake. (Noted Lost Boys fans Kate and Laure Mulleavy of Rodarte can rest easy for now.)

Weird Science

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.15.28 PM.pngOriginal: Anthony Michael Hall (Gary), Kelly LeBrock (Lisa) and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (Wyatt)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.24.55 PM.pngOur Re-make: Michael Cera (Gary), Karlie Kloss (Lisa) and Josh Hutcherson (Wyatt)  

How likely is a remake?: Aside from Robert Downey Jr. (who had a part in the original), it doesn't seem like anyone is eager for a remake though the flick was turned into a USA Network show that ran from 1994-1997.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.17.58 PM.pngOriginal: Alex Winter (Bill), Keanu Reeves (Ted) and George Carlin (Rufus)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.18.34 PM.pngOur Re-make: Jonah Hill (Bill), Josh Peck (Ted) and Louis C.K. (Rufus)

How likely is a remake?: First Keanu Reeves indicated to a red carpet reporter that a sequel might be in the works and then the blogosphere was briefly humming with gossip that Justin Bieber might star in the production.  We're can't belieb it (har har).

Teen Witch

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.23.32 PM.pngOriginal: Robyn Lively

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.00.06 PM.pngOur Re-make: Heather Morrison

How likely is a remake?: There have been rumors for a few years that a re-make is already in the works starring Ashley Tisdale.

Valley Girl

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.25.19 PM.pngOriginal: Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.04.22 PM.pngOur Re-make: Robert Pattinson and Emma Roberts

How likely is a remake?: A musical re-make is allegedly in the works.  

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.38.44 PM.pngOriginal: Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.10.07 PM.pngOur Re-make: Dakota Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Sarah Hyland, as those three ladies, respectively

How likely is a remake?: There was chatter in 2008 that a re-make would come out featuring Miley Cyrus but so far there's yet to be any developments.

The Blue Lagoon (1980)

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 2.40.34 PM.pngOriginal: Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins

Screen shot 2012-03-15 at 4.13.06 PM.pngOur Re-make: Hailee Steinfeld and Chord Overstreet

How likely is a remake?: A mere  couple of days ago, news came out that two unknowns would star in a remake of the island romance.

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