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Bring It Back: '80s Film Adaptations Fans Want [Poll]

Whether a movie, TV show or game, fans have not forgotten '80s favorites like "Manimal," "The Equalizer," "An American Werewolf in London" and more. With the Michael Bay directed adaptation of the children’s cartoon Transformers, many others in Hollywood are following suit, leaving fans wondering what will be the next remake.

Above Image: Manimal (1983) Jonathon Chase (Simon MacCorkindale)

You Got the Green Light

Despite repeated attempts by Paramount to adapt the famous '80s game "Spy Hunter" to a movie, it has not been done. However, the director of Zombieland, Ruben Fleischer, is slated to direct the latest adaptation under Warner Brothers, who has thrown away the old script and is working on another. The game follows Alex Decker, who is tricked to hunt down rouge agents and destroy enemy vehicles without civilian casualties. There are rumors that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson may play the lead.

Remember the super cop show of the '80s "The Equalizer?" Denzel Washington has agreed to play the lead for this rendition. Colombia Pictures is set to release the adaptation April 11, 2014. The series original starred Edward Woodward as Robert McCall, a secret agent with a past and a thirst for vigilante justice. Woodward played the lead from 1985-1989.

In the Works

"Manimal" was a popular 1980s series that ran for a short time in 1983 that is making the jump to the big screen. Sony Pictures Animation is picking up the rights to this one, and it is being touted as a live action, CG hybrid film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The main character, Dr. Jonathan Chase, is a doctor who morphs into other animals to fight crime. The show was trashed when it aired, mostly because it aired opposite the extremely popular series "Dallas." The show was probably a little much for most audiences at the time. Chase turned into a black panther in every episode and was always saying things like “I was a real pussycat.” There is no word yet on an expected air date from Sony.

Other Possibilities

Not from the '80s but still a great idea for an adaptation, The 1968 movie "Barbarella" was slated to be created with lead actor Anne Hathaway. However, Hathaway's agents are officially stating that she is not attached to the movie quite yet. This has been in the works for some time, in fact, since 2010. There has not been any word on when the film is going into production as directors and actors keep dropping out.

The animated series Centurions ran from 1985-1987 and featured comic book characters created by Jack Kirby and Gil Kane. The show was about three military men, with a villain, and of course the standard save-the-world-from-evil premise. Fans of this '80s show are petitioning filmmakers to make this into a show with famed "Transformers" director Bay, according to Collider.com. If filmmaker Bay ever decided to do another '80s remake, this would be the one.

Michelle Cook contributed to this post. Michelle is a freelance journalist who covers pop culture, including movies and TV shows. Her favorite genre is superhero movies.

What 80s film adaptation would you like to see?

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  1. I'd love to see big screen adaptations of Robotech and Voltron (the lion one not the stupid vehicle one). I've heard the former has been in the works for a while. I've figured out how to do a reboot of Sam Raimi's "Darkman" which would be totally awesome--at least to me.

  2. Krull! Just kidding - awful movie.
    Remember the show The Wizard. Sad the original lead killed himself.
    Can't touch Darkman. Brilliant film. Somewhere I still have the original Japanese theatrical movie poster...

  3. krull was awesome...

  4. i know there were talks about the sequel to the dark crystal, but the 80s... i would like to see "tales from the gold monkey" or "johnny socko's giant robot"... oh yeah...

  5. The Robot Chicken Dark Crystal sequel would be awesome.

  6. Robotech would be great, but I think Pacific Rim is as close as we're going to get. Darkman is a great movie, so that sounds interesting.

  7. Jeremy, as far as I know Dark Crystal 2 is still a possibility. Tales of the Gold Monkey! Good call. Very obscure, but great.

  8. I really have to watch more Robot

  9. The Wizard! I loved that show too! I was always waiting for the reveal that he worked for Santa. Actually, I heard that was the original idea, but he had it changed. David Rappaport. Lost too soon.

  10. Intrigued by "Centurions." Making a blockbuster based on an idea by Jack Kirby wouldn't be new (*cough*) but at least this time he'd be acknowledged.


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