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From ‘Top Gun’ to ‘Cannonball Run’: A Guide to Guy Movie Remakes and Sequels

Do we need another 'Die Hard'? Maybe not but we're getting one anyway.

We are living in the golden age of sequels and remakes, as nearly every movie people loved from previous decades are inevitably being brought back to continue or retell their story. And while some may lament the overwrought market of recycled stories, we choose to celebrate it. Why? Because it means all the badass action heroes of cinema history are getting another shot to kick some serious ass while spewing off hilarious puns. Here are eight remakes and sequels that all dads should be extremely excited to see.

Cannonball Run

The original Cannonball Run is a beloved action comedy that executes its simple premise – ensemble cast gets themselves in and out of sticky situations while racing across the country – perfectly, resulting in two sequels that were each noticeably less enjoyable than the original. Now, almost 40 years later, a remake is reportedly in the works. Details about the upcoming film are limited at the moment, though Doug Liman (Bourne Identity) is reportedly attached to direct, with Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (Reno 911) rumored to pen the script.

Top Gun 2

There have been rumors floating around the possibility of a Top Gun remake since the 80s but now it seems like we may finally have a legitimate shot at revisiting Maverick (Tom Cruise) and his insatiable need for speed. Last month, Cruise tweeted out a photo of what appears to be him on set as the titular Top Gun and we couldn’t be more excited to see him back in the cockpit. It’s not entirely clear what the film will be about but with Maverick and Iceman (Val Kilmer) on board, do plot details really matter? 

The Predator

What’s the only thing scarier than a Predator? A super predator, of course. Like any good sequel, the newest Predator film introduces us to a supergenius hunter that is bigger, faster, and stronger than the original, meaning that a lot of humans are definitely going to die horrific and highly entertaining deaths. Director and co-writer Shane Black (the mastermind behind Lethal Weapon) doesn’t look like he’s trying to shake up the Predator formula too much. Instead, he’s more than happy to just ramp up the action and make shit crazier because why the hell not? The Predator hits theaters September 14.

Escape From New York

Escape From New York is one of the defining action films of the 80s so it only makes sense that a reboot was on the way. Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) is rumored to direct the planned reboot and according to the Hollywood Reporter, the rebooted franchise is looking to follow the new Planet of the Apes trilogy, suggesting that the new films might explore how Manhattan was transformed into a maximum-security prison. We love the idea of getting to see a Snake Plissken (Gerard Butler and Josh Brolin have been rumored for the role) as a younger and perhaps more idealistic Special Forces soldier.

Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe may not have been a hit with the critics but it has slowly become a cult classic and now it is coming back to theaters December 2019. The slightly campy but totally awesome film features a whole lot of over-the-top and highly entertaining action, making it a perfect vehicle to make a Twenty-First Century comeback. The only problem? The remake has had trouble landing a director and writers. Regardless of who is directing or writing the film, we can’t wait to see He-Man return and take on the dastardly Skeletor.

Edge of Tomorrow 2

By far the most recent entry on the list, Edge of Tomorrow underwhelmed at the box office but is widely considered one of the best action movies of the last decade. Thankfully, we are getting another chapter in this fascinating sci-fi action adventure to further see time travel brilliantly utilized in the action genre. According to Director Doug Liman, the upcoming sequel will actually be a prequel to see how exactly this alien war began. Our only suggestions? Give the sequel the original, far superior title (Live. Die. Repeat.) and put the spotlight on Sergeant Rita Vratask (Emily Blunt).

Bad Boys For Life

The first two Bad Boys films are a masterclass in blockbuster entertainment, as they seamlessly blend comedy and action in a way that was a hit with audiences all around the world. Now, 15 years later, a third Bad Boys is in the works, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence both reportedly onboard to return for the threequel. Expect the two to bring their badass hi-jinx back for the third installment though perhaps this time around they will find they are finally getting too old for this shit.

Die Hard(er)?

The greatest action film of all time has spawned a variety of mediocre sequels but this time, the franchise is coming back as both a sequel, prequel, and remake. Confused? Allow us to explain. The movie will reportedly show McClane in the present day while also having flashbacks to his early days as a New York cop in the ’70s. Willis will obviously play modern-day McClane and a currently unannounced actor will fill the shoes (bare feet?) of young McClane. Do we need another Die Hard? Maybe not but we’re getting one anyway.