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The latest Beauty and the Beast reboot isn’t the only Hollywood remake that had us buzzing and gushing. There is nothing more exciting than a good, modern retelling of stories that have been considered as classics. Which Pinoy movies would you want to have a remake? Here are our picks.
This 2017, we may see another Darna on the small screen. But while we wait for this superheroine’s reincarnation on the big screen, there are other movies that are sure worthy of a reboot.
IMPAKTITA (PEQUE GALLAGA AND LORE REYES, 1989)
It's like Dexter, but instead of a serial killer, we get a female aswang. We meet Cita, a beautiful naive girl who keeps seeing aswangs in her nightmares. Turns out, she's actually one of them and she will turn full monster when she hits 18. This 1989 cult classic launched Jean Garcia's career, her leading men were Richard Gomez and Aga Muhlach no less, and is a Monday night staple for kids who grew up watching Regal Films Presents back in the 90s.
The Cast: Cita would be perfect for any ingénue, but wouldn't Liza Soberano as Impaktita be a delicious, ironic hook? Enrique Gil and Daniel Padilla should co-star.
NOLI ME TANGERE (GERARDO DE LEON, 1961)
It's pretty incredible that the last time anyone has attempted to tell this story on the big screen is more than 50 years ago. There was a TV movie in 1992, but really, for all its reputation as THE national piece of literature, Noli doesn't seem to get enough silver screen/small screen treatment. Historical epics, with the right marketing slant, can do tremendously well at the box-office—just ask the folks behind Heneral Luna. A Noli remake would be timely, relevant, and immensely enjoyable.
The Cast: John Lloyd Cruz would be an incendiary Crisostomo Ibarra, and someone like Jodi Sta. Maria will be cleaning up at award-giving bodies as Sisa.
IYO AND TONDO, KANYA ANG CAVITE (PABLO SANTIAGO, 1986)
FPJ starred in Iyo ang Tondo, Kanya ang Cavite, along with another Pinoy movie titan, former senator Ramon Revilla Sr. The possibilities are endless—the remake could be a hyper kinetic primetime action series like Ang Probinsyano, a character driven indie film ala-The Departed, or a return to the old school wham bam Pinoy mainstream action movies of the 90s.
The cast: Coco Martin would be an obvious choice for the FPJ role while somebody as intense as Sid Lucero would be great as this generation’s Ramon Revilla, Sr.
BAGETS (MARYO J. DELOS REYES, 1984)
Bagets is THE definitive Pinoy movie about being a teenager, and shows like TGIS, Gimik, Growing Up, and even PBB Teens owe much of their existence to it. There was actually an attempt at TV5 to remake Bagets as a Saturday afternoon series in 2011 but it was far too short-lived. A Bagets remake now would be interesting if it can capture the joys, difficulties, and angst of the teenage millennial, reflect today's issues, and still balance it with Bagets' trademark naughty fun. Doing it with a bunch of complete newbies would be the way to go, with a welcome passing-the-torch cameo from the original cast.
The Cast: We can go with the known ones like Daniel Padilla, James Reid, Enrique Gil, Mateo Guidicelli or try out new actors who have the face and the talent.
FRIENDS IN LOVE (EDDIE GARCIA, 1983)
It may not be the most popular movie on this list, but this early Sharon Cuneta flick was a big hit for Viva Films back in the day. Featuring a foursome of Sharon, Rowell Santiago, Jackie Lou Blanco, and William Martinez, Friends in Love couldn’t be any more straightforward—it’s the story of four friends who fall in love with each other.
The cast: It may never happen, but Friends in Love could be the perfect crossover vehicle for rival popular love teams like AlDub, Kathniel or JaDine. Or it can feature new blood like Bailey and Ylona (Bailona) and MayMay and Edward (Mayward) of PBB fame.