I can’t imagine a remake of Citizen Kane. Maybe an updating of the concept about some modern mogul, but that wouldn’t be a true remake; Kane’s character and story are inextricably bound up with the events and culture of the 1920s-'40s; and they just don’t make 'em like William Randolph Hearst any more.
What films can you name, which remaking would be a bad idea on every level?
Birth of a Nation Racist, divisive. I can’t see enough interest in it to justify this.
Forbidden Planet – A product of its times. A remake would undoubtedly screw around with the basic premises (more computers, different relationships between characters) The effects still hold up after all this time.
2001: A Space Odyssey A film about Space Travel made during NASA’s Golden Age of Space Flight. Again, a product of its times whose vision of the future is outdated. And the effects are still great.
Xanadu. Yes, I know, one critic called it a “celluloid travesty” (and many others called it much worse). However, I can’t watch it without a sense of wonder that the prolific special effects were done by hand and not computer.
Phantom of the Paradise (another guilty pleasure). It was perfectly bad the first time around - why mess with success?
You might be able to pull this off, but you’d have to do a complete re-imagining. Probably if you did it in a really authentic-to-the-book, Edwardian style. (Kinda like Return to Oz, if as directed by Peter Jackson.)
Schindler’s List probably doesn’t need a remake.
Jurassic Park would be pretty pointless.
King Kong is probably good for another half-century or so.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the Knight one with Danny Kaye. (can’t believe I cannot remember the name of it… the one with the True brue)… I know they are still (or are?) trying to remake Mitty and I really wish they wouldn’t.
I agree with Forbidden Planet…
I would like to see a remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, but I bet they would ruin it similar to the remake of “War of the Worlds” - which I enjoyed, but it still didn’t have the flavor of the 50s version.