It’s never easy to repeat greatness. But it’s ok to try, and sometimes it works. We pick our top 6 choices for the best car movie remakes
Its never easy to repeat greatness. You would never redo the Mona Lisa. Or ask Gretzky for another 894 goals. Or ask Kate Upton’s parents to have another daughter (well..maybe). The same goes for classic car flicks. No one in their right mind would want to fill McQueens shoes as Frank Bullitt, for instance. But sometimes fast car races, speedy chases & big spills overtake all that babble & banter called acting. As is the case in these Top 6 Car Movie Remakes.
By Rimy Reehal
6 – Starsky + Hutch (2004)
Not really a ‘movie’ remake but based based on a 70’s TV series, this version includes two ‘frat pack’ favourites, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. While being more of a comedy than the old show was, there is nothing funny about the real star of both – a kick-ass red Ford Gran Torino.
5 – Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Its very difficult to compare this to the 1974 original which included one of the longest and craziest car chase scenes in hollywood history. But mix in a bigger budget, a sassy blonde Angelina Jolie, and a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 named ‘Eleanor’ – and well, thats a good start.
4 – Death Race (2008)
According to writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson, this is a prequel to the 1975 classic Death Race 2000, not a remake. Either way, his decision to completely redesign the main ride (Frankenstein’s Monster) to a Ford Mustang GT was a good one. The new model comes fully-equipped with machine guns and smoke screens…and of course, an ejector seat.
3 -Herbie (???)
It all began with a little movie called ‘The Love Bug’ in 1968. Five terrible sequels later and the VW Beetle still remains the most manufactured single design platform car in the world. Even the most serious car enthusiasts can’t hide their love for Herbie, the only punch buggy you’ll ever find with a feature called ’emotion’.
2 – Drive (2011)
While not based on any original screenplay, it was adapted from a 2005 novel of the same name. The soundtrack, stellar cast, and Gosling’s badass scorpion jacket makes this one a must see. But if you got petrol running through your veins, you’ll really just wanna see it for the restored 1973 Chevy Malibu he rips around in.
1 – Italian Job
-it would be an absolute atrocity to place this remake on the same level as the untouchable and classic original. But there’s something about souped up Mini Coopers, filled with stolen gold, ripping around Los Angeles streets that just works. Oh yeah..and Charlize Theron cracking a safe in her underwear.