Hooniverse Asks- What Auto-Related Movie Deserves a Re-Do?

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They say if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. I’m guessing that’s why we have all of those Incredible Hulk and Spiderman movies, because the later ones sure haven’t gotten much of anything right. Car movies too often get the this-time’s-a-charm makeover, and in fact the main character on the screen above – Herbie the Love Bug – had an ill-conceived reboot a few years back.
That one, along with Gone in Sixty Seconds – and to a lesser extent The Italian Job – prove that perhaps it’s better to let sleeping dogs lie. But that’s not how we roll around here, and because of that, today I’d like to know what car-related movies you think should get a modern take. Do we need a new Smokey and the Bandit? Who would play Fred? What about a Grand Prix redux, or does Rush count as that?
Great stories never die, they just get retold time and time again. Are there any existing car movies that you’d like to see Hollywood turn over for a fresh new look?
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  1. julkinen Avatar

    I'd love to see Christine re-done, with a red Dodge Stealth.

    1. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      maintaining a Stealth R/T is enough of a horror story for three Stephen King novels

      1. julkinen Avatar

        "From a Mitsu 6"

    1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Image hotblocked. Courtesy Embed.
      <img src="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51NJAQTG96L._SY445_.jpg"&gt;

      1. acarr260 Avatar

        Thanks! I guess you can't use IMDB for images.

  2. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    It's so hard to do a movie justice with a re-do in what Hollywood is now.
    French Connection would be entirely CGI
    Bullitt and LeMans would have to find a new McQueen
    You can't win.
    Look at what they did to Italian Job.
    Maybe they could re-do The Wraith. Then there's nothing strong that the movie has to compete against. We would just need a concept supercar from Chrysler…
    <img src="https://res.cloudinary.com/roadtrippers/image/upload/v1414165890/brr15t7wvaya3nbgeb7j.jpg&quot; width=500>

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      I love The Wraith. Because of that, I gave your post a thumbs up, but also because of that, I'd hate to see it remade.

      1. JayP2112 Avatar

        Ditto. It would end up being a Fast and Furious clone.

        1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

          Recast the entire series as a fantasy epic, with vorpal blades, bandersnatchi and jubjubs out the wazoo.
          You could call it The Fast and the Frumious.

          1. danleym Avatar

            I have no clue what you just said, but I assume it's funny.

  3. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Vanishing Point
    Gone in 60 Seconds
    The Italian Job
    Death Race <–This one was arguably better than the original, but was also the most different.
    Maybe that’s the key. It can share some key plot points, but should try to distance itself from the original, even to the point of switching genre.
    Following that idea, I think Smokey and the Bandit, or even Cannonball Run could be made into a passable action flick. We’d just need to keep Michael Bay far away from it.
    Going the other way and trying to switch genre from action to comedy would come across as a parody, and probably wouldn’t work well.

    1. JayP2112 Avatar

      Death Race 2000 had nowhere else to go but up.

  4. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

    Corvette Summer. Hear me out.
    The original was lousy enough that no one will protest but, had a simple and relateable story. Guy builds custom car, car gets stolen, guy and new girlfriend find car. Just follow these rules:
    1, Don't make the car an abomination like the original.
    2, Update the technology, have him scour craigslist, track the satelite radio (only to find it removed).
    3, Make the girlfriend a hacker/gamer chick, hot of course.
    4, Make the theft part of a larger organized crime ring but not too crazy.
    5, Include some realistic car chases as they get close to the baddies.
    6, Don't cast Ewan McGregor. I'm thinking Chris Pine. Seriously!
    7, ?
    8, Profit.

      1. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

        I often find toddlers to be the most receptive audience for my ideas.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      I think you've got it. It's a reasonably well known movie (within car guy circles, anyway), but with vast room for improvement.
      I think we could pull in an underdog story, too. Some random guy toiling away in his suburban 2 car garage to compete with the likes of Foose and Coddington to take home the Riddler award, only to have the car stolen before the show. I haven't decided yet if the theft was orchestrated by Foose (or some Hollywood-ized suggestion of Foose) to eliminate the competition.
      He tracks down the car, and drives it to the competition with the judging already in progress. Obviously a car that was driven to the show isn't taking home the Riddler, and would place below any car in contention, so we can't have the underdog win, but we could have one of the favorites get disqualified for being linked to the theft, and our hero places second to last, in kind of a Rocky moment where his personal victory is having competed with the top dogs.

      1. tiberiusẅisë Avatar

        I think another key would be to keep it off the radar of the JJ Abrams and Micheal Beys. Get Jay Leno or Jerry Seinfeld to fund it. Then at the end of the underdog moment, have Jay or Jerry come out in a cameo and offer him a ridiculous amount of money to open up his own shop and split everything 50/50. He agrees as long as he can hire his girlfriend (gotta keep the chicks happy).

  5. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    I'd love to see a version that was still a comedy, but done with more cerebral humor and less old-style slapstick cheese.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/46/GreatRace.jpg"&gt;

    1. longrooffan Avatar

      I actually watched this movie this past Sunday on TMC. Classic.

    2. C Kiffen Avatar
      C Kiffen

      The only wood that doesn't float – NATALIE WOOD.

    3. craigsu Avatar

      Push the button, Max!

    4. HTWHLS Avatar


  6. karonetwentyc Avatar

    <img src="https://i.imgur.com/tSVDH3M.jpg"&gt;
    Much like the suggestion for Corvette Summer above, this could also work given the right treatment.
    However, I really do hope that The Gumball Rally never receives a remake. Similar to The Italian Job, there's a feel to the original that just could not be recaptured if it was remade.

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      The Gumball Rally remake was Cannonball Run.

    2. Eric C. Avatar
      Eric C.

      Ron Howard is a ginger without a soul.(although they made him look like a daywalker here).

  7. Devin Avatar

    Going by the logic that a remake often leads to the original being easier to get ahold of, Japanese corporate espionage thriller Black Test Car seems like a pretty good candidate. It would probably have to be a relatively loose remake, but the idea of a bunch of people from competing companies spying on each other to get the drop on an upcoming product launch could be pretty entertaining and it'd be possible to find the original too.

    1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

      The only reason I was happy to learn of Speed 2:
      "Alright! They'll finally release Juggernaut on DVD!"

  8. Juliet C. Avatar
    Juliet C.

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/02/Gunghoposter.jpg/220px-Gunghoposter.jpg"&gt;
    The global marketplace is such a different animal now, it would be interesting to see how a story could play this.

    1. Jeff Avatar

      I could envision a very sad movie about the history of Saturn.

    2. Purple Charger Avatar
      Purple Charger

      Also, much less tolerance for racially stereotyping Asians.

      1. P161911 Avatar

        Having worked for a couple of Japanese companies, I think that it would be more interesting to show the Japanese racism against any non Japanese.

  9. Felis_Concolor Avatar

    For those who aren't familiar with it, Taiho Shichauzou/You're Under Arrest! is an outstanding animated drama series from Japan, featuring a team of traffic cops and their unusual encounters on Japan's highway system and city streets. The occasional guest vehicles include an 80s Lancia rally car vs a motorcycle cop in a street-clearing monsoon, a seriously souped up Mini Cooper whose driver not only makes a mockery of the police's superlative skills, his secret identity will make you cackle with glee upon its revelation, and the only surviving Emily in repose at a city park.
    The central duo's Honda Today is fully equipped with all the top performance mods of the day including nitrous for a brief boost of ludicrous power, an upgraded Motocompo to run down the perpetrators when they take paths even the diminutive kei car cannot traverse, and their motorcycle riding counterpart who can provide a sustained level of high speed pursuit when their tiny terror (terrier?) simply runs out of breath. Characters at the station include the obligatory meganekko (aka girl with glasses), a ne'er-do-well student who straightens up and joins the force, and – I'm just going to refer to Aoi . . . as Aoi.
    The series was rerun in a live action format in the 90s, but there are several multiple episode stories which would provide more than enough fare for a busy live action feature film, including the detection, tracking and shutting down of an international exotic vehicle theft and trafficking ring whose members enjoy playing dirty pool, up to and including shooting members of the force and kidnapping one.
    The busting up and taking down of the perpetrators in the final episode is a city and highway chase of epic proportions which finally ends with a container truck on its side filled with evidence, the perpetrators dazedly picking themselves up from the street, and the Taiho team surrounding them while Natsumi walks up, whips out her ticket book, and starts listing all the minor moving violations which were committed during the final chase.
    "Waitaminute; you're just traffic cops?"
    "Yes; the national police are right behind us and will deal with your real crimes."
    And from the music files, the full version of the opening theme used for the original animated TV series.

    1. Devin Avatar

      I don't know if I'd want a Hollywood remake of that though. Because Hollywood would move it to New York for some reason, the main character would probably be Keanu Reeves somehow, and instead of a delightful Honda Today you'll get something like the Mustang from that Ethan Hawke/Selena Gomez movie, it really wouldn't capture the spirit of the thing.

      1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

        Aiee, that's a nightmare scenario the equal of anything in Andy Weir's The Martian – which is tentatively scheduled to hit theatres this coming Thanksgiving.
        Casting Matt Damon as as Mark Watney has me less worried about that outstanding story's fate on the silver screen.

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      "Oh God! It's that Lancia Delta! Great timing to play games!"
      <img src="http://tanshanomi.com/temp/Tokyo-Typhoon-Rally-Lancia-Screenshot.jpg"&gt;

  10. fred Avatar

    I don't think we need to help Hollywood make anymore krappy remakes. What they need is some new ideas.

    1. Felis_Concolor Avatar

      I was once given lots of flak regarding my plan to revitalize Hollywood. It consisted of the following rules.
      1. Forbid all remakes.
      2. Forbid all sequels.
      3. Take away Hollywood's computers.
      I remember when Hollywood was run by powerful, ruthless men who loved movies. Today it's run by powerful, ruthless men.

  11. Batshitbox Avatar

    <img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5cCJDZ0tuwk/TGTflBJGLvI/AAAAAAAAA3s/1Zj8CROZpAk/s1600/Breaking+Away+poster.png"&gt;
    Screw car movies. I'm feeling very contrary today. It would be nice to lampoon the current cyclyng culture as a bunch of human pharmacological experiments. They're pretty much doing that themselves, but in a post Lance Armstrong world we need a scrappy blue collar champion to kick all their asses, right? I'm envisioning a Zombie element, where toxic waste gets into the EPO supply and the competitors all start mutating.

    1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
      PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

      So instead of "Cutters" they could wear "Dopers Suck" jerseys?
      (Also, I love this film)

    2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
      Peter Tanshanomi

      Imajust leave this here, too.
      <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/13/American_flyers.jpg"&gt;

      1. craigsu Avatar

        "They're playing our song!" Why is that the most memorable line for me from that movie?

  12. 7FIAT's Later Avatar
    7FIAT's Later

    Just watched Grand Prix the other day and there is just no way they could touch it with a remake.

  13. Tomsk Avatar

    Six Pack would make for an interesting remake subject (NASCAR would probably go out of its way to help make it happen), though who would be good to fill the Brewster Baker role originated by Kenny Rogers?
    <img src="https://www.movieposter.com/posters/archive/main/85/MPW-42802&quot; />

  14. FIAT 125T Avatar
    FIAT 125T

    I don't know if the movie "Shaker Run" is well known outside New Zealand but have a look at this car chase scene and think about if it is too perfect or could be successfully updated.

    1. Rover_1 Avatar

      Or 'Goodbye Pork Pie' , another New Zealand car chase film, this time involving a Mini. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082464/
      <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4a/Goodbye_Pork_Pie_%28DVD_Cover%29.jpg&quot; wifth="400">

  15. OA5599 Avatar

    [youtube xTwrrDANnoU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTwrrDANnoU youtube]
    Maybe not strictly a car movie, but it is a movie with lots of cars.

  16. HTWHLS Avatar

    I never knew just how bad most car movies are until this thread. Then again, my favorite car movies are "Gumball Rally" and "Ronin" – which wasn't a car movie but had the best driving/action scenes of any movie I've ever seen. PLEASE do not re-make "Ronin!"

  17. P161911 Avatar

    Driven should be redone as an intentional Mel Brooks/Airplane! style slapstick comedy. I saw it in the theater with some gear head buddies and we laughed through the whole thing. There is lots of good material there.

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      I'm surprised there hasn't been a satirical flick that spoofs Driven, Rush, any and every Fast and Furious film and so on yet. Sure, racing/car-centric movies tend to have pretty narrow appeal these days, but I think such a movie (Let's call it Car Movie.) would have a good chance of at least breaking even.