The classic piece of American literature, F. Scot Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby”, has never had much luck when adapted for the screen. However, Baz Lurman’s reboot of the novel and the 1974 film adaption was a major disappointment to Gatsby fans the world over.
While the cast, screenplay, and costumes were critically acclaimed, it was Lurman’s over-reliance on unnecessary and garish CGI that left audiences feeling bewildered, but not in a good way.
Stephen King's bone-chilling novel was successfully adapted into 1976's "Carrie." The film cemented itself in Hollywood horror film history as one of the greats. It then remains unclear why on earth anyone would attempt to try to resurrect such a classic. Even King himself asked, "Why, when the original was so good?”
The 2013 reboot couldn't fill the massive (bloody) shoes left behind by Sissy Spacek's exceptional performance.
Lion King (2019)
Rebooting the iconic Disney animated film "The Lion King" sounded like a good idea...in theory at least. However, the final live-action result was sadly underwhelming.
Critics slammed the film as lacking in soul and missing the message of the original animated classic. This was made even worse by the CGI animated lions that were almost too realistic to properly show the animated emotions that audiences have become accustomed to. While Hakuna Matata means "no worries" perhaps filmmakers should've had less Hakuna Matata when making the film.
Tomb Raider (2018)
In an attempt to bring (an already flawed) Lara Croft back to life, 2018's reboot of "Tomb Raider" fell short due to its less than mediocre script.
This reboot was a great disappointment especially as most critics and fans praised Alicia Vikander's performance as the new Tomb Raider. However, it seems that not even someone as agile and intelligent as Lara Croft could give this film enough oomph.
When a Stranger Calls (2006)
The original 1979 "When A Stranger Calls" was a horror hit because of its rather terrifying twist. However, the problem with rebooting a horror film is that audiences already know the twist is coming which makes for an un-scary and bland film.
Perhaps the scariest thing about the 2006 film was its abysmal reviews and 9% Rotton Tomato rating.