10 Movies We Would Like to See Remade by Guillermo del Toro
It was a match made in heaven, until it all went to hell. As a giant fan of the Lord of the Rings films, I couldn’t imagine any director other than Peter Jackson tackling The Hobbit. But as soon as I heard the name Guillermo del Toro attached to the prequel, I suddenly realized they may have found the one person who could possibly be better for the job.
Anyway, it’s old news now, as the two Hobbit movies are well into production with Peter Jackson at the helm. But that doesn’t mean the fact that the production’s woes have caused Guillermo del Toro to step away from The Hobbit can’t still make us pitch a fit now and then. (Oh, and no offense to Mr. Jackson; if we can’t have del Toro, I’m sure glad that P.J. is back.)
So, now that he’s no longer giving us his glorious interpretation of Middle Earth, what’s the visionary director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy up to these days? It’s a rhetorical question; in addition to his various projects as a producer, Mr. del Toro is in pre-production on Pacific Rim – an alien invasion film that sounds quite awesome, just from the synopsis – with an eye on a summer 2013 release date. (There have also been on-again, off-again rumors of Guillermo adapting a new version of Frankenstein, or possibly H.P. Lovecraft’s novel, At the Mountains of Madness.) But if he’s not going to give us hobbits and dragons, we’d like to offer up a few suggestions of movies that could stand a re-imagining under Guillermo del Toro’s visionary eye. Maybe.
10. Guillermo del Toro’s The Princess Bride
“Inconceivable,” you say? I say, just imagine how freakishly awesome Guillermo would make the Shrieking Eels, or the Cliffs of Insanity, or the Rodents of Unusual Size. And I’d also say the sense of humor would be right up his alley. I bet Ron Perlman could pull off the Fezzik role…
9. Guillermo del Toro’s Batman
They’ve already announced intentions to reboot after The Dark Knight Rises. Give Guillermo the gig. Ron Perlman would make a killer Joker. No kidding.
8. Guillermo del Toro’s Star Wars
Just to see if he could top both the original Mos Eisley Cantina scene and the Troll Market from Hellboy II. Should Ron Perlman play Obi-Wan Kenobi, or Han Solo?
7. Guillermo del Toro’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Who says he only has to remake live action movies? I know that, after Pan’s Labyrinth, it seems like Guillermo should make every fairy tale, but this one’s due. He’d have his hands full trying to out-creep Disney, though. Still, Ron Perlman would be killer as Grumpy.
6. Guillermo del Toro’s Back to the Future
Great Scott! Time travel can really mess with your head, and I betcha the whole “kissing-your-mom” scene could be way creepier. Is Ron Perlman young enough to get away with playing Biff Tannen…?
5. Guillermo del Toro’s Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone
Warner Bros.’ decade-old cash cow has come to a close. Time for the remakes! Del Toro directing is the only way I’m watching. That, and Ron Perlman as Hagrid.
4. Guillermo del Toro’s Aliens
3. Guillermo del Toro’s Pretty Woman
2. Guillermo del Toro’s Ghostbusters
Go on, just try to tell me this wouldn’t be perfect. I suppose I can’t see Ron Perlman as one of the boys, but he’d make an awesomely evil apparition.
1. Hellboy III
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