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It's quite a rare occurrence, with two major exceptions: comedies and factual programmes. Comedy remakes: Red Dwarf which was remade in the USA (one pilot episode) with Robert Llewellyn as Kryten in both versions, and he was also joined by the original series writers, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor. The IT Crowd also suffered a US pilot in which Richard Ayoade ...


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The TV show is just copying the disclaimer in the original movie, although the date has been changed to 2006. But, in the case of the movie, the Coen brothers just made that up as a joke: See this link from Snopes.com for more info So I think it's safe to assume that the events in the TV series are fictional as well.


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First of all, you cannot really expect the remake to capture the cult factor of the original. In 2012 you can't expect this movie to be the hilarious "Verhoeveny" 80s/90s Arnie vehicle that the original is. A large factor to Total Recall's attraction nowadays comes not only from being a gripping science-fiction action movie with an interesting ...


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Annihilation is Alex Garland's (the director) interpretation of the first book of The Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. The movie is loosely based around the book Annihilation. Though I'm not sure if anything else comes from the other two books as I just started the second book, Authority. As for the scenes that are familiar to you, it could just ...


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This is a legal question. At least in the US, parody and satire fall under the fair use umbrella of copyright law. A remake requires permission if the material being remade is copyrighted. You can't remake Star Wars without permission as the story and characters are protected under copyright and trademark laws. You could remake a Sherlock Holmes story ...


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This BBC News report states that there was actual room for making a big business with an English language film trilogy. Quote: Telling a story of murder, corruption and family secrets, the late author's Millennium Trilogy has sold more than 65 million copies worldwide and spawned a series of Swedish films made in 2009. Although a hit in Larsson's ...


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It depends on how you define it, as you can look at something like Hitchock's Psycho, which was remade almost scene for scene and shot for shot, or adaptations of works. You can also limit it by Hollywood, Bollywood, German, etc. The Great Gatsby has been made into a film seven different times in the US, but the overall record holder for a same name film is ...


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Films with subtitles don't get as many viewers, especially in the UK and US where we expect everyone else to speak English. People will watch remakes of foreign films, and the studio knows that the film played well in its original market so it's a fairly safe investment. Take Girl With A Dragon Tattoo - the original was good, but not in English. Its a ...


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Anthony Stewart Head, famous for playing Giles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plays the character of Stephen Caudwell on Free Agents, the foul-mouthed head of the advertising agency. Two years later, the show was remade in the US with Hank Azaria and Kathryn Hahn instead of Stephen Mangan and Sharon Horgan, and some other changes to characters and plotlines, ...


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Each episode of Fargo TV Series has the following included in the ending credits which states that: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely coincidental and unconditional. AKA: not a true story


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My money is on Romeo and Juliet. But without proper in depth research, my money maybe ill-placed. References: Wikipedia list of Romeo and Juliet Films Wikipedia: Romeo and Juliet on Screen ("...may be one of the most-screened plays of all time")


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The movie Forbidden Fruit from 1921 is the earliest remake of an original movie that I could find. The film is 87 minutes in length. Forbidden Fruit is a 1921 American drama film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. It is a remake of the 1915 film The Golden Chance, which was also directed by DeMille. The movie was an original story, written by Cecil B. ...


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The question contains the answer, in that only successful foreign films are re-made in the US. They are re-made because the industry knows that if a concept is a hit in one major country, the concept has a good chance of succeeding in the US mass market. American hits can often be exported directly to other countries' mass markets, without having to be re-...


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Louis Leterrier was a huge fan of the original film, but, as he put it: I watched the original again. I went to a shop and bought the DVD and the stuff I love was still there. But it’s funny: memory is the best editor. So it was like, Oh, really? This was in it? It’s that simple? He goes on a journey because he fell in love with her? Really? I felt like ...


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Well they wouldn't necessarily have to believe Carrie had 'Telekinesis' in order to carry out the murders. The purpose of the following investigation would almost certainly be attempting to rule that out, unequivocally. The people who witnessed her most supernatural feats (flying, lifting people off the ground) were mostly murdered in the school hall. ...


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Mostly, Kabir Singh is a scene to scene copy of Arjun Reddy mostly because the director is same and he is very particular about keeping his story consistent. But as Telegu version is 14 minutes longer than the Hindi version, some scenes have been removed. I am listing some of the major ones: Shiva comes to Arjun with an NRI guy who came to Hyderabad to get ...


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The names are re-used for brand recognition, aka marketing, also known as why we're on our third version of "Carrie". The films themselves are the works of the directors, who bring their own vision (and that of their investors) to the specific project. Zack Snyder didn't have to follow any set of rules when he decided to do the remake - often, directors ...


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It's about dominance and industry. Hollywood is A) an industry, and B) a US propaganda tool. Neither of them works optimally if there is competition. So it's kind of modus operandi for hollywood to take successful pieces of cinema art and hollywoodise them, so that their public keep watching the same old actors, same old crap.


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According to IMDb, Eutamnesia is a real movie. Yes, the resemblances are striking, but from first hand experience : I was writing a comic book before The Invisibles came out in 1994 that hit almost all the same plot points, this proves nothing. I know for a fact Grant did not steal my ideas, but they were very similar nonetheless. (Of course, Grant did a ...


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Parody does not need permission because it is protected under "fair use".


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No, actors do not get royalties from reboots. The characters are the property of the writer(s), and only they are capable of getting royalties from reboots. Edit: Not sure who flagged this, but they're more than welcome to read this overly complex legalese on the subject.


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Intermezzo, a Swedish film from 1936, seems to have an original screenplay co-written by director Gustaf Molander and Gösta Ekman. The movie was then remade three years later in 1939 as an American movie produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Gregory Ratoff with the same title. I'm hoping someone will find an earlier example, as I did not research ...


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The UK series Ultraviolet (late 90's Vampire series) featured Idris Elba. He was cast in the unaired pilot episode of a US remake (as the same character).


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I suppose another take on this would be that, in most countries, the locals must either be satisfied with only the films produced in their country (e.g. Danes must only consume Danish media) or consume media produced in the lingua franca for the region (which, in most countries, is English. Although of course there are exceptions). Most countries don't have ...


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