The History of Gender-Flipping Movie Remakes

Remakes with female leads are all the rage in Hollywood. This year, filmgoers can see women star in Ocean’s Eleven, Splash, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Rocketeer, and Road House re-imaginings. Or they can stay home, save $50, and watch the Wicker Man remake 5 times.With film companies staking so much on the success of these gender reversals, I grew curious as to whether the idea had been done before, and if it resulted in success. Obviously, we’ve all heard of the remake of

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters

I just realized Egon’s hairstyle would probably look better on a woman

The 2016 remake of the hit franchise-starter received VERY LOUD opinions from random people on the Internet. Still it got a 5.3/10 on IMDB and 73% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. The film itself was a financial success, generating $229 million on a budget of $144 mil.

Wicker Man

Wicker Man

This room later features Nic Cage kicking Leelee Sobieski into a wall. The best actor in the scene was the wall

The 2006 version of the classic British horror film is legendarily bad. It’s up there on my list in the top tier of horrible movies, alongside Troll 2 and The Room. It did have the star power (Kathy Bates also degrades herself by appearing in this film). EDIT: I just looked it up, and it is not Kathy Bates in this film, it is Diane Delano. I’m happy Kathy didn’t throw her cred away on this film, instead choosing to throw it away on Disjointed.

The film has been lambasted as a shining example of how not to write for the big screen. Still, it made a modest $40 million on a $38.8 million budget

It Happened One Christmas

Why is the cover just a bench? Does the film star a bench? Because I think Nick Cage could play a stiff, wooden bench pretty well

This schmaltzy cover of IT’s a Wonderful Life aired on TV but was pushed out by its source getting a huge annual TV coverage.

The Next Karate Kid

Karate Kid

Pat Morita is now in heaven, along with Ralph Macchio’s career

This film stars an up-and-coming Hillary Swank in what will no-doubt forever be her lowest-rated movie (7% on Rotten Tomatoes). It made $16 million on a $12 million budget.

So, it looks like every film covered has been modestly successful. Time will tell what the first mega-blockbuster female-recast film will be (but it probably won’t be The Rocketeer).

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