Universal is positioning the latest revamp as less of a remake and more of a thematically related film, per Deadline:
"an immigrant barges his way into the criminal establishment in pursuit of a twisted version of the American dream, becoming a kingpin through a campaign of ruthlessness and violent ambition."
What do you think, would "Say hello to my little friend" sound better with a Middle Eastern, African or Asian accent this time? Italy and Cuba have already been checked off the list...
Vulture analyzed the 2012 popcorn stock and this is what they found: "one in three films will be either a remake, reboot, rerelease, sequel, or prequel." And if you think that's bad, be comforted knowing that's better than 2011.
Here's a taste of the backwash:
No genre is safe from freeze-drying: Action will get Journey (to the Center of the Earth) 2, Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance, and Die Hard 5. Horror will get Underworld Awakening and The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes. Not content with $1.8 billion in worldwide grosses from weepy tweens, Paramount will rerelease Titanic, this time in glorious, wallet-shrinking 3-D! Sequels? You like sequels? How about The Expendables 2, Madagascar 3, Step Up 4, or Scary Movie 5? Didn't care for Relativity’s March remake of Snow White? Give it another chance in June, when Universal releases Snow White and the Huntsman!