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remake n : creation that is created again or anew; "it is a remake of an old film" [syn: remaking] v : make new; "She is remaking her image" [syn: refashion, redo, make over] [also: remade]

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English

Pronunciation

  • (verb): , /riːˈmeɪk/, /ri:"meIk/
  • (noun): , /ˈriːmeɪk/, /"ri:meIk/
    Rhymes: -eɪk

Verb

  1. To make again.
  2. To make an enhanced remake of (a computer or video game).

Translations

make again
make an enhanced remake of (a computer or video game)

Noun

  1. A new version of something.
  2. A new, especially updated, version of a film.

Translations

new version of something
new version of film

Czech

Noun

remake
  1. remake (of a film)

Dutch

Noun

remake
  1. remake (of a film)

French

Noun

remake m
  1. remake (of a film)

Italian

Noun

remake m
  1. remake (of a film)

Polish

Noun

remake
  1. remake (of a film)

Extensive Definition

In film or television, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or TV series.

Film

The term "remake" is generally used in reference to a movie which uses an earlier movie as the main source material, rather than in reference to a second, later movie based on the same source. For example, 2001's Ocean's Eleven is a remake of the 1960 film, while 1989's Batman is a re-interpretation of the comic book source material which also inspired 1966's Batman. Furthermore, the 2005 film Batman Begins would not be considered a remake, as it is still an adaptation of the comic book series.
With some exceptions, remakes make significant character, plot, and theme changes. For example, the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair is centered on a bank robbery, while its 1999 remake involves the theft of a valuable piece of artwork. Similarly, when the 1969 film The Italian Job was remade in 2003, few aspects were carried over. Another notable example is the 1932 film Scarface which was remade in 1983 starring Al Pacino; whereas the 1932 is centered around bootleg alcohol, the 1983 version is based around cocaine.
Not all remakes use the same title as the previously released version; 1983's Never Say Never Again, for instance, is a remake of the 1965 film Thunderball; the 1966 film Walk Don't Run is a remake of the World War II comedy The More the Merrier. This is particularly true for films that are remade from films produced in another language, such as: Point of No Return (from the French Nikita), Vanilla Sky (from the Spanish Abre los ojos), and A Fistful of Dollars (from the Japanese Yojimbo).
In the recent history of cinema, remakes have generally been considered inferior to earlier versions by film critics and cinema-goers alike, e.g., The Birdcage, To Be or Not to Be. See the list of film remakes for exceptions to the generalization.
Another noteworthy (and increasingly common) development is the use of a successful (usually older) television series to be remade as a feature film. Like other film remakes, these often fare badly at the box-office and/or are considered a poor reflection on the source material (e.g. The Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, My Favorite Martian, Dudley Do-Right); however, some have gone on to become successful film franchises (e.g. Scooby-Doo, The Addams Family, Mission: Impossible, Transformers).

Not a remake

Some notable examples of films based on common material, but not considered remakes of each other:

Television

Remakes occur less often on television than in film, but have happened from time to time. Examples include Battlestar Galactica (1978, 2003), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983, 2002), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987, 2003)).
One area where television remakes are particularly common is trans-Atlantic ports, where US shows are remade for the UK (see List of U.S. television series remade for the British market) or more frequently, UK shows are remade for a US market (see List of British television series remade for the U.S. market). An interesting example is Three's Company, a US remake of the British Man About The House: not only was the original show re-created (with very few character or situation changes made, at least initially), but both series had spin-offs based on the Ropers (in the UK, George And Mildred, in the US, The Ropers), and both series were eventually re-tooled into series based on the male lead (in the UK, Robin's Nest, in the US, Three's A Crowd).
While television remakes of theatrical films have occurred (e.g. Highlander: The Series, The Odd Couple, F/X: The Series), far more common are TV series that are (more or less) direct spin-offs of successful films (e.g. M*A*S*H, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Stargate SG-1, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). See also List of films made into television programs.

Reimagining

Recently, the term "reimagining" has become popular to describe remakes that do not closely follow the original. The term is used by creators in the marketing of films and television shows to inform audiences that the new product is not the same as the old. Reimagining a franchise often leads to controversy within established fan communities as to which is more legitimate or more popular. Examples of remakes that are most associated with the reimagining term are Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Marcus Nispel's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Rob Zombie's Halloween, Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica, David Eick's Bionic Woman, and Nelson McCormick's Prom Night
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accommodate, adapt, adjust, alter, ameliorate, better, break up, change, convert, copy, deform, denature, diversify, do over, duplicate, fit, improve, make over, meliorate, mitigate, modify, modulate, mutate, overthrow, qualify, re-create, re-form, realign, reassemble, rebuild, reconstitute, reconstruct, redesign, redo, reestablish, refabricate, refashion, refit, reform, refound, regenerate, reinstitute, reissue, remodel, renew, renovate, reorganize, repeat, reprint, reproduce, reshape, restore, restructure, resurrect, revamp, revise, revive, ring the changes, shift the scene, shuffle the cards, subvert, turn the scale, turn the tables, turn the tide, turn upside down, vary, work a change, worsen
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