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Nobody asked for this: All the TV and movie reboots and sequels of 2020

Everything old is new again — but is it fresh?

Hollywood has announced an excessive amount of reboots, revivals, sequels and spinoffs this year, ranging from nostalgic ’90s cartoons such as “Beavis and Butt-Head” to ’80s sleeper hits including “Dirty Dancing.”

The coronavirus has delayed many of the productions, so it might be a while before any of them hit the small and big screens. But here’s an exhaustive list of everything slated to make a comeback soon, whether we asked for it or not.

Movies

1. “Dirty Dancing”

The late Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in 1987’s “Dirty Dancing.”©Artisan Entertainment/Courtesy

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer called this sequel “one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood,” after rumors first swirled in July. Jennifer Grey has been confirmed to star in the new movie, which will be directed by Jonathan Levine. “It will be exactly the kind of romantic, nostalgic movie that the franchise’s fans have been waiting for and that have made it the biggest-selling library title in the company’s history,” Feltheimer said.

2. “Twister”

Universal Pictures is rebooting “Twister” with “Top Gun: Maverick” helmer Joseph Kosinski set to direct. Not much else is known about the reboot of the 1996 blockbuster, which stars Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton.

3. “Scarface”

Al Pacino in 1983’s “Scarface.”Courtesy Everett Collection

Say hello to another remake. “Call Me By Your Name” director Luca Guadagnino will take on the “Scarface” remake, the fourth director to attempt the project, with a script by the Coen brothers. So far, there’s no word on who will play Tony Montana, but Guadagnino said it will be a modern-set remake.

“The truth of the matter is cinema has been remaking itself throughout its existence. It’s not because it’s a lazy way of not being able to find original stories. It’s always about looking at what certain stories say about our times,” he told Variety. “Hopefully ours, 40-plus years later, will be another worthy reflection on a character who is a paradigm for our own compulsions for excess and ambition. I think my version will be very timely.”

4. “Pirates of the Caribbean”

It’s a pirate’s life for Margot Robbie, who will star in a female-led version of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” It’s still in the early development stages at Disney, so few details are available. However, there’s another “Pirates of the Caribbean” reboot in the works from Ted Elliott and “Chernobyl” creator Craig Mazin.

5. “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”

The 1991 cult classic is being reimagined with a present-day retelling centered on a black family. Treehouse Pictures will adapt the diverse remake, directed by Bille Woodruff, with a script from Chuck Hayward.

6. “Scream”

Courteney Cox, Jamie Kennedy and Neve Campbell in 1996’s “Scream.”©Dimension Films/Courtesy Evere

This one looks familiar. Both Courteney Cox and David Arquette are set to reprise their characters in yet another “Scream” film from Spyglass Media Group, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett.

7. “Matilda”

Mara Wilson in 1996’s “Matilda.”©TriStar Pictures/Courtesy Ever

Ralph Fiennes is set to star as Miss Trunchbull in Netflix and Working Title’s movie “Matilda.” There are also rumors “Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer will be involved with the project, which is based on the stage musical adapted from the beloved Roald Dahl book. The streaming giant has plans in motion for many of the author’s other writings, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “The BFG” and more.

8. “Legally Blonde 3”

Alanna Ubach, Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Cauffiel in 2001’s “Legally Blonde.”©MGM/Courtesy Everett Collectio

Nearly two decades after Elle Woods graced the halls of Harvard, Reese Witherspoon will be back as sorority girl-turned-powerhouse lawyer, with Mindy Kaling and “Parks and Recreation” writer Dan Goor writing the screenplay.

9. “Wolfman”

Ryan Gosling will star in a new take on the cult classic horror, which is his own original pitch to Universal Studios. The script, set in present times, was penned by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo based on Gosling’s idea. Leigh Whannell is rumored to direct the movie with Blumhouse producing.

10. “Knight Rider”

A present-day take on the 1980s classic action series, “Knight Rider” will now be a movie thanks to Spyglass Media Group and Atomic Monster’s James Wan and Michael Clear. No word on whether David Hasselhoff will be attached to the project.

11. “Peter Pan”

1953’s “Peter Pan.”©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Evere

Disney is slated to remake its 1953 animated classic into yet another live-action remake from “Pete’s Dragon” director David Lowery — with Jude Law reportedly in talks to play Captain Hook. Milla Jovovich’s daughter Ever Anderson will play Wendy and Alexander Molony will star as Peter Pan.

12. “Tron”

Don’t call it a sequel. Disney’s third “Tron” movie, which follows 1982 film “Tron” and the 2010 sequel “Tron: Legacy,” is set to star Jared Leto with Garth Davis to direct. It’s still in development, but the Wrap reported it won’t be a direct sequel to the films.

13. “Pinocchio”

Disney’s “Pinocchio,” 1940.©Walt Disney Co./Courtesy Evere

Tom Hanks could potentially reunite with “Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis for the live-action remake. The actor is said to be in talks to take on the role of Pinocchio’s toy creator, Geppetto.

14. “Candyman”

The upcoming reimagining of “Candyman” from director Nia DaCosta will revisit Chicago’s Cabrini-Green, exploring the gentrification of the housing projects seen in the original. The film’s release date has been delayed by the coronavirus, but is set to debut on Oct. 16, 2020.

15. “Bill & Ted”

“Bill & Ted Face the Music.”©Orion Pictures Corp/Courtesy E

It’s been delayed multiple times thanks to COVID-19, but “Bill & Ted Face the Music” will bring back Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular characters this fall. The film will debut on premium video on demand and in select movie theaters on Sept. 1.

TV

1. “Ren & Stimpy”

Over two decades after ending, “The Ren & Stimpy Show” is returning with all-new episodes on Comedy Central. Billy West, the voice of Stimpy, and several of the original writers are slated to return.

2. “Animaniacs”

“Animaniacs.”©Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett C

Another blast from the past: A Steven Spielberg-produced reboot of “Animaniacs” is slated to premiere on Nov. 20 on Hulu with 13 new episodes. Yakko, Wakko and Dot, as well as Pinky and the Brain, will return for the show, which already was greenlit for a second season, set to premiere in 2021.

3. “Beavis and Butt-Head”

Comedy Central is Reboot Central. The network will debut “Beavis and Butt-Head” courtesy of original series creator Mike Judge, with two new seasons already ordered up. “It seemed like the time was right to get stupid again,” said Judge.

4. “Daria” spinoff “Jodie”

“Daria.”©MTV/Courtesy Everett Collectio

There’s more where that came from on Comedy Central, which will air “Jodie,” a spinoff of MTV’s iconic “Daria,” with Tracee Ellis Ross voicing the main character and executive producing. The show will begin with Jodie graduating from college and entering the workforce.

5. “A League of Their Own”

From big screen to small screen, Amazon has ordered a TV adaptation of “A League of Their Own” co-created and executive produced by “Broad City” alum Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham. Jacobson will also star in the hourlong series based on the early years of women’s professional baseball.

6. “Who’s The Boss?”

Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano have signed on to reprise their roles as father-daughter duo Tony and Samantha Micelli in this sequel, which is in development at Sony Pictures Television. It will take place 30 years after the events of the original series and center around Tony Micelli’s relationship with Samantha Micelli, now a single mother living in the original show’s house.

7. “The Weakest Link”

Anne Robinson was the host of BBC’s “The Weakest Link.”Getty Images

Say hello — not goodbye — to “Weakest Link,” hosted by Jane Lynch. The comeback is helmed by NBC, which greenlit 13 episodes. Production is slated to begin later this year. “I’ve been a longtime fan of this game-changing quiz show since it first debuted,” said Lynch. “Each time the phrase ‘You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye,’ passes my lips, it will be with great reverence and delight.”

8. “Saved by the Bell”

Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond, Leanna Creel, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Lark Voorhies in “Saved by the Bell.”©NBC/Courtesy Everett Collectio

A reboot of the beloved late ’80s sitcom is headed to NBC Universal’s Peacock streaming network. A new trailer confirmed some of the original cast members, including Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, will return to Bayside High as adults.

9. “Chucky”

“Chucky.”©United Artists/Courtesy Everet

SYFY is making a TV reboot of “Child’s Play” and scored Jennifer Tilly to reprise her role as Tiffany Valentine, the love interest of the ginger serial killer doll. The new show will see Chucky showing up in an “idyllic American town” and causing “chaos” as “horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets.”

10. “Goosebumps”

More scary nostalgia! A live-action TV series inspired by R.L. Stine’s best-selling “Goosebumps” children’s books is in the works from Scholastic Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television.

11. “The Wonder Years”

“The Wonder Years.”Courtesy Everett Collection

Lee Daniels will executive produce a reboot of “The Wonder Years,” which has a pilot production commitment at ABC. But this time, the show will focus on a black, middle-class family during 1968 and 1973, the same time frame as the original series, in Montgomery, Alabama.

12. “Gossip Girl”

Blake Lively and Leighton Meester in “Gossip Girl.”©CW Network/Courtesy Everett Co

Hey, Upper East Siders. A “Gossip Girl” reboot is coming to HBO Max starring Tavi Gevinson, Thomas Doherty, Adam Chanler-Berat and Zión Moreno. Kristen Bell will return to do the now-iconic voiceover narration, and the show will add 18-year-old Emily Alyn Lind, as new character Audrey, and Whitney Peak.

13. “The Little Mermaid”

It’s still in development, but NBC’s Peacock is set to air “Washed Up,” a single-camera comedy follow-up series of “The Little Mermaid.” The plot will center around Ariel 15 years after marrying the prince, but she’s now “miserable, unmotivated and in a loveless marriage.”

14. “Spongebob Squarepants”

“Spongebob Squarepants.”©Paramount/Courtesy Everett Col

“The Patrick Star Show,” following Spongebob’s BFF, is still being finalized at Nickelodeon, but the animated spinoff will focus on Patrick, his family and his gig hosting his own late-night talk show.

15. “The Mighty Ducks”

Emilio Estevez is set to star in this TV spinoff of the ’90s sports classic film on Disney+, along with Lauren Graham and Brady Noon. The original “Mighty Ducks” creator Steve Brill will collaborate on the project.

16. “Three Men and a Baby”

We’re assuming he will be one of the three men, but Zac Efron has signed on for a “Three Men and a Baby” remake for Disney+.

17. “Fresh Prince”

There’s a reboot of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” currently in development called “Bel-Air,” based on Morgan Cooper’s viral YouTube video from 2019. The reboot will be a drama, rather than a comedy like the original series, and will be hour-long episodes.

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