Second Takes: There Can Only Be One? Not So, New “Highlander” on the Way

Hollywood is either super environmentally conscious or shockingly lazy, because they love recycling ideas. Here's a look at some of the highest profile projects slated for movies or TV makeovers.

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"It's an origin story, being made for the fans, but also for people who are new to the franchise," said producer Neal Moretz. Hey, did you guys not get the memo? THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!
Laverne & Shirley, 201?
Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel are eying a big screen version of the Happy Days spin-off that is being written by Valentine's Day co-star Jamie Foxx and would reunite the three with director Garry Marshall, creator of the original show.
Popeye 201?
Some 30 years after Robin Williams, Shelly Duvall and Robert Altman brought the sailor man to the big screen, Sony is taking another crack, this time in 3D animation.
Overboard Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations to star in the remake of the Kurt Russell-Goldie Hawn hit romcom from 1987. This new version is being produced by Will Smith.
The Thing (2011)
In the original John Carpenter classic, Russell discovers something mysterious had happened to a nearby Norwegian base. "We go back to that original Norwegian camp and try to figure out what happened... the audience gets to be the detective, trying to piece together what horrible things have occurred," says producer Marc Abraham.
Barbarella (201?)
Who knows if it will ever actually happen, but Jane Fonda, the original intergalactic nympho, wants Blue Crusher Kate Bosworth to take the "Ex-sex-sive Machine" for a ride.
Planet of the Apes (Release date unknown)
Rupert Wyatt, best known for 2008's The Escapist starring Brain Cox, is on tap to direct a prequel formerly called Caesar, but now known as Rise of the Apes.
Wizard of Oz (2012)
Inspired in part by the huge success of "Alice in Wonderland," studios are moving forth on three Oz projects. Let's just hope they remember to synch one of the new versions to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
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Fright Night
This '80s slasher-comedy is getting a makeover, with the unlikely choice of Lars and the Girl director Craig Gillespie behind the camera.
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Gilligan's Island
The show's 93-year-old creator, Sherwood Schwartz, is working with Arrested Development writer Brad Copeland and Dark Knight producer Charles Roven, and is rumored to have his heart set on Michael Cera for the lead.
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The Rockford Files (Premiere date unknown)
Dermot Mulroney will be filling the gumshoes of James Garner as Jim Rockford in the remake from Steve Carell's production company, Carousel Television, that has House creator David Shore leading the effort.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (April 30)
Who better to play a back-from-the-dead Freddy Krueger than Jackie Earle Haley, whose career was dead for more than a decade. Connie Britton and Clancy Brown co-star in what looks to be a better-than-average slasher.
Universal Pictures
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2011)
Anna Farris is rumored for the Dolly Parton role, while Burt Reynolds' is up in the air. The writing team behind Legally Blonde. is retelling the tale of a small town madame in love with the local sheriff. You can watch the original for free on Hulu.
Charlie's Angels (Release date unknown)>
Drew Barrymore, who brought the trio to the big screen, is looking for women who can be "incredibly capable, but not take themselves too seriously,” for a return to TV. McG, who directed the films, is a consultant. Here's to the return of Jiggle-vision!
20th Century Fox
Daredevil (2012)
20th Century Fox is eager to get DD 2.0 underway, allegedly with a script from The Day the Earth Stood Still scribe David Scarpa, so that the rights to the hero don't revert back to Marvel. How's that for artistic inspiration?
Footloose (2011)
"Gossip" guy Chace Crawford and Julianne Hough of Dancing With the Stars team up as a couple of crazy kids in love -- with DANCING!!! Why mess with the shared legacy of Kevin Bacon and Kenny Loggins?
La Femme Nikita (2010)
Maggie Q, who gave Bruce Willis a run for his money in Live Free or Die Hard, has been cast as the first non-white Nikita in this new series from the CW based on Luc Besson's sexy she-spy creation.
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Arthur (2011)
Russell Brand does drunken English brat as well as anyone alive, so if this needs to be done, he's the man for the job. Borat co-writer Peter Baynham has been brought on board.
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Superman (2011)
Dark Knight director Chris Nolan is lending a guiding hand to the project, which is due in 2012.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Jones (2013)
The movie that ruined Jennifer Aniston's life is poised for a retooling focused on two new recruits. The original was frustratingly meh, there's every reason to believe it can be improved upon.
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RoboCop (2011)
MGM is eager to launch this, but between the studio's financial woes and director Darren Aronofsky's navel-gazing, the project has been in limbo, however screenwriter David Self (The Wolfman) insists he's still on board.
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Terminator (Release date unknown)
The last two were so bad James Cameron dismissed the idea of returning to the franchisee, saying "the soup's kinda been pissed in by other filmmakers." But he's all for "T1 & 2" collaborator William Wisher going forward with "T5 & 6."
Columbia Pictures
Spider-Man (2012)
Marc Webb of (500) Days of Summer is taking over the reins from Sam Raimi, who walked over creative differences with Sony. There's still no script nor star, but we do know it's gonna feature a whole new take on Peter Parker.
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The Lone Ranger (2012)
Mike Newell insists he's not directing the Disney project, but loves the rumored dream casting of George Clooney in the title role and Johnny Depp as Tonto, "I think it would make a very, very funny movie."
20th Century Fox
Fantastic Four (2013)
20th Century Fox has a screenplay by Michael Greene (TV's Heroes and Smallville) and Akiva Goldsman producing. Normally we'd prefer that they'd let time pass for a retooling, but we can't forget the first two movies fast enough.
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Vacation (2011)
Not to be confused with the Dean Cain thriller due this year, this new film finds Griswold scion Rusty hitting the road with his own family. Ah, the cycle of life...
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The Three Musketeers (2011)
"Sherlock Holmes" producer Lionel Wigram is behind the latest incarnation, with a script from "Men Who Stare at Goats" scribe Peter Straughan. The last film version in 1993 featured a buffet of stars: Sheen, Sutherland, Platt...
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Hawaii 5-0 (2010)
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writing team that made Star Trek relevant again, wrote a TV pilot that will star Lost alum Daniel Dae Kim and former Three Rivers star Alex O'Loughlin, left, taking over for Jack Lord, right.
21 Jump Street (201?)
"It’s a group of people that go back to high school to deal with a drug problem... It’s a funny movie with great action ... it’s like a John Hughes movie with ‘Bad Boys’ style action," gushed Jonah Hill in January. He hopes it will shoot in 2010, we're doubtful.
American Pie (Launch date unknown?)
Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the geniuses behind "Harold & Kumar," have been hired to write a new script for "American Pie 4." We're all for pretending the straight-to-DVD series didn't happen, but have zero interest in what the gang is up to -- except for Finch and Jessica.
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