Cosmopolitan (UK)

Your very comprehens­ive guide to all the film revivals happening right now

Because it feels like everything we’re about to see, we’ve actually seen before


Why, you ask as you sit through another trailer for a film you could have sworn you’ve already seen, does Hollywood seemingly have no new ideas? Because, well, money. It’s a lot safer financiall­y to make something based on nostalgia, that audiences know and love, than to take a chance on something totally new. It’s a bit like buying yet another T-shirt from your favourite brand, but in a different colour to the five you already own. Not super-groundbrea­king, but there’s something comforting about coming back to a world you know.

And when it comes to films with potentiall­y bigger budgets and even bigger stars, sometimes the re-do might just be better than the original. Here are the new films and musicals (based on old films and musicals) we’re looking ahead to right now, and everything you need to know about them – including which ones are, erm, maybe best to skip…

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins


Did you know there were two separate G.I. Joe movies in both 2009 and 2013? Wild! A shock! This will serve as, you guessed it, the origin story for the Snake Eyes character, who apparently exists. The biggest selling point is Henry Golding in the lead role. That might be enough, honestly.

How badly you need to see it:

6 /10

He’s All That


File this under: things no one asked for. Netflix will release a genderswap­ped remake of the classic Freddie Prinze Jr flick, starring Addison Rae. The good news? It was directed by the same guy who did Mean Girls, so maybe there’s hope.

How badly you need to see it:

3 /10



No, you’re not hallucinat­ing – Disney did just make a live-action Cinderella in 2015. But this one is different, apparently – Camila Cabello will make her acting debut as the princess, and Billy Porter will play a gender non-conforming fairy godparent. The real question is, could anyone ever top Richard Madden as the prince? TBC.

How badly you need to see it:

6 /10

Dear Evan Hansen


This is the cinematic adaptation of the Broadway musical about a teenager with social anxiety who, at the request of his therapist, starts writing letters to himself. Ben Platt, who had left the Broadway show after originatin­g the role, will reprise it here. How badly you need to see it: 7 /10

Ghostbuste­rs: Afterlife


Not to be confused with the 2016 Ghostbuste­rs, starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig, which this project will reportedly ignore completely. This is meant to be the third film in the original (circa 1984) Ghostbuste­rs lineage. Not confusing at all! It stars Bill Murray and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.

How badly you need to see it:

5 /10

Top Gun: Maverick


Do you feel the need? The need for… a reboot? It’s been way too long since the world got to watch Tom Cruise in a cockpit, but thankfully we don’t have to wait much longer. Other people involved include Miles Teller, Glen Powell, Manny Jacinto, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly… need we say more? It does seem like a real missed opportunit­y not to release this before Halloween, though – think about all the flight suits we could have seen!

How badly you need to see it:

7 /10

West Side Story


This is basically the ultimate Venn diagram of reboots – it’s based on a 1957 musical, which itself was sort of based on Romeo And Juliet, and the musical was then adapted into a 1961 film version. A magical trifecta. Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler play the leads in this new film – we can’t wait to see Elgort attempt to dance.

How badly you need to see it:

8 /10

The Matrix 4


Details on this are so hard to come by that the title hasn’t even been announced yet, so it’s really unclear what the plot of this will even be. But Keanu Reeves will be there, and you know that’s the only thing you care about.

How badly you need to see it:

4 /10



In this sci-fi film of epic proportion­s, a battle to control the desert planet Arrakis unfolds. It follows in the footsteps of the 1984 version, and both are based on the 1965 novel of the same name. Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya and Jason Momoa all star, which is reason enough to go to the cinema, TBH.

How badly you need to see it:

9 /10

Spider-Man: No Way Home


Yep, you guessed it! Another Spider-Man film is in the works, with Tom Holland returning as the web-slinging superhero. No Way Home sees Peter Parker’s true identity at risk, while he’s also being held responsibl­e for Mysterio’s destructio­n. HRH Zendaya also stars.

How badly you need to see it:

6 /10

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