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10 Movies Sleuths That Need a Sherlock Holmes Reboot

Movie Detectives Make Their Case

By Kent Ninomiya     December 23, 2009

 

Guy Richie's version of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, premiers on Christmas Day.
In this version, Sherlock Holmes will be much more like James Bond than a cerebral sleuth. This rebooted Sherlock Holmes romances
the ladies, leaps out of buildings, and mixes it up with bad guys like an MMA fighter. The formula is a creative way to make a
classic character more exciting for a modern audience. It made us wonder what other movie sleuths deserve a reboot, and who we would
cast in the roles. Here are our suggestions…
 

10. Bulldog Drummond

Original Classic: Bulldog Drummond was the classic Scotland Yard detective with the exterior of an English gentleman but a tough guy badass inner cor. Drummond preferred to take the high road, but would break the rules to get a bad guy off the streets. This made him a favorite in books and movies dating back to the 1920s and cast the mold for movie detectives for decades to come.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: A lot of old Bulldog Drummond books and movies are shunned because they are laden with racism and stereotypes typical of the early 20th century. However, the same issue has not prevented Hollywood from making movies out of Mark Twain stories. Bulldog Drummond was the original rouge cop and deserves to be recognized with a reboot.
 
Casting Suggestion: Robert Pattinson from New Moon. He’s British and looks a little bit crazy.
 
 
 

9. Hercule Poirot

Original Classic: Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective solved crimes with his own unique flair. Hercule Poirot is a gentleman of small stature with a silly mustache. This made him stand out among all the tough guy macho sleuths. He is the little guy you root for.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: It can be argued that Hercule Poirot was the inspiration for Monk. Both are neat freaks who solve crimes with their obsessive compulsive tendencies. In the hands of a flamboyant actor, the character could come alive like no detective we have seen in the movies recently.
 
Casting Suggestion: Johnny Depp. What he did for pirates he could also do for Hercule Poirot.
 
 
 

8. Miss. Jane Marple

Original Classic: Agatha Christie’s other great detective character was an elderly spinster who solved crimes. Miss. Marple showed the world that you didn’t have to be young, tough or male to bring bad guys to justice. She was way ahead of her time and inspired imitators like Murder She Wrote.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: Miss Marple needs a makeover. If she was younger and hotter, she could attract a lot of interest. There is a huge void in female detectives in the movies. Just try to name one.
 
Casting Suggestion: Scarlett Johansson. Wouldn’t you love her to fill the void?
 
 
 
 

7. Dirty Harry

Original Classic: No one blows a bad guy’s head off like Dirty Harry. He isn’t burdened with political correctness or sensitivity. He just blasts away with his .44 Magnum anddoesn’t bother to ask questions since the punks are dead. Everyone wishes they could do that sometimes.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: There will always be a market for movies that allow you to vicariously blow away people who deserve it. No actor could ever reproduce Clint Eastwood’s killer scowl, but the right tough guy could reinvent it. It would be worth rebooting Dirty Harry just to hear the “do you feel lucky punk?” speech again.
 
Casting Suggestion: Christian Bale. He’s pretty much like Dirty Harry already. He just threatens movie crews instead of bank robbers.
 

 

6. Dick Tracy

Original Classic: Your grandparents were weaned on “Dick Tracy” comic books and radio shows. He isn’t a very complicated character. He is the good guy and there is a dizzying array of colorful bad guys he rounds up. This made the Dick Tracy stories simple, easy to understand, and popular with generations of fans.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: Dick Tracy needs some personality. Make him charming and funny as well as tough could be a winning combination. The 1990 film starring Warren Beatty was awful. Beatty had even less personality than the comic strip, and the plot made no sense. After 20 years, it’s worth another try.
 
Casting Suggestion: George Clooney. He can play charming, funny and tough.
 
 

5. The Hardy Boys

Original Classic: Frank and Joe Hardy existed long before the 1970s TV series starring Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy. Their stories were told on the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and in books back in the 1920s. They were originally racist and crude. They were rebooted as squeaky clean teens when they were marketed to the youth audience.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: The Hardy Boys need to grow up. Get them interested in girls and piss them off a bit, and it could get interesting. They should still be young to stay true to their characters, but make them flawed and full of angst. That would speak to a new generation of kids frustrated with the status quo.
 
Casting Suggestion: Shia LeBeouf and Tobey Maguire. They both still look like kids but have major chops as big time action stars.
 
 

4. Easy Rawlins

Original Classic: Easy Rawlins is an African-American World War II vet living in Watts after the war. His stories not only involve crime solving, but also racial injustice. Denzel Washington played Easy Rawlins in the 1995 movie Devil in a Blue Dress.
Why It Needs a Reboot: Denzel Washington’s portrayal of Easy Rawlins was kind of soft. The character was slick and smooth. Rawlins needs a harder edge from a seedier actor. This will make his struggle more relatable to audiences still angry about social inequities.
 
Casting Suggestion: Laurence Fishburne. He can play like he’s from the streets (Boyz n the Hood) and can kick ass (The Matrix Trilogy).
 
 

3. Phillip Marlow

Original Classic: Phillip Marlow is the quintessential hard drinking, hard living, smart ass, no nonsense detective. He’s the guy sitting in a smoke filled office at night when the sultry mystery woman in a tight dress walks in pleading for help. He was a sucker for aiding damsels in distress.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: The private eye movie is a lost art form. Audiences are ready for a flashback to a simpler formula. Phillip Marlow is a tough guy with issues, but he doesn’t whine about them. He knows that smoking, drinking and womanizing are bad for him. He just doesn’t care. Movie sleuths should not be super human. In fact, they are better when they are ridden with relatable weaknesses.
 
Casting Suggestion: Tom Sizemore. He is full of weaknesses. They are not all relatable but they are fun to watch.
 
 

2. Bullitt

Original Classic: No movie star was ever as cool as Steve McQueen. No role was better suited for him than Lieutenant Frank Bullitt. The 1968 movie is a classic. The car chase set the standard that is still pursued to this day.
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: American movie makers have forgotten how important a car can be in a film. The appearance of Bullitt’s Ford Mustang led to years of booming sales for the model. Too many car chase special effects are being made entirely on computers these days. Going old school with big stunts and real crashing cars will lure the NASCAR crowd.
 
Casting Suggestion: Brad Pitt. After making Fight Club and marrying Angelina Jolie, he cemented himself as the coolest guy in Hollywood.
 
 

1. Shaft

Original Classic: Shaft was the ultimate in the Blaxploitation genre. Shaft didn’t take crap from anyone at a time when African-American dealt with a lot of crap in America. The movie empowered black audiences the same way Bruce Lee films empowered Asian-Americans
 
Why It Needs a Reboot: It has been a long time since we have seen a decent Blaxploitation film. The 2000 movie Shaft was not really a reboot since Samuel L. Jackson played the nephew of the original Shaft. A really scary dude needs to reboot the role of Shaft.
 
Casting Suggestion: Kimbo Slice. Do you know of a scarier guy? He became an internet star just by having his street fights posted to YouTube. He turned that into a professional career with the UFC. Acting is the next natural step.
 
 
 
 

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DaForce1 12/23/2009 1:00:18 AM

Um, you guys do realize that this 'version' of Sherlock Holmes is actually like Doyle wrote him in the first place, right? Same thing as Daniel Craig's 'version' of James Bond is the way Fleming actually wrote the character in the books. 

Moz72 12/23/2009 1:07:04 AM

Interesting suggestions Kent, but I  think todays audience-especially the GUYS- would be more interested in re-makes/reboots of Dirty Harry, Phillip Marlowe, and Bullitt.

Don't know who could play Dirty Harry, those are some big shoes to fill and any actor willing to try for the role has the shadow of Clint Eastwood hangng over him. How about Ray Stevenson?

Phillip Marlowe: If only Powers Boothe were 20 years younger. Powers Boothe played Marlowe in the HBO series in 83 and 86, and he was perfect in the role.

Agree w/ your choice of Brad Pitt for Bullitt. I think Ford would jump at the opportunity to feature it's Pony car in a remake of Bulitt. The release of the film would lure muscle car enthusiasts to the movies and result in big sales for Ford.

After the billions Disney made with Hannah Montana, and the High School Musical movies with Zac Effron, I can definitely see Disney studios using the Hardy Boys as a money making vehicle for Joe and Kevin Jonas.
 

gauleyboy420 12/23/2009 1:22:53 AM

I'd watch Scarlett Johansen in anything, SHE IS CURVALISIOUSLY HOT!!!

Oh yeah, you forgot Matlock...

almostunbiased 12/23/2009 4:10:51 AM

Matlock with explosions.

mosgza 12/23/2009 4:37:59 AM

 I guess 1975's baddest detective ever, Mitchell, just barely missed the cut.  I understand - nobody could master the original performance of JDB anyhow.

From IMDB: "Joe Don Baker is Mitchell- a hard-nosed, soft-bellied cop with an affinity for porn and Schlitz. His latest assignment has him engaging in no-speed car chases, yelling at children, shooting innocents and sloppily carousing Linda Evans."

...Kimbo Slice?  Really?

Wiseguy 12/23/2009 5:13:09 AM

How about Jake and the Fatman cause I find obesity funny. Or Kojak cause nothing says "tough guy" like sucking on a lollipop

Oh, and Dirty Harry must NEVER EVER be rebooted. Clint will still beat the snot out of anyone who dares.

monkeyfoot 12/23/2009 6:41:27 AM

All of these listed are what I call Franchise Characters. This means they are meant to have ongoing adventures basically with no end in comics, novels, TV, movies, whatever. You can create new stories or adapt established ones as long as the public will keep enjoying them. Go for it.

I do however say that Dirty Harry is so identified with Eastwood that I would only be interested in a reboot if Clint himself directed it. Then you know it has the stamp of approval.

Wiseguy 12/23/2009 6:59:34 AM

I don't mind Dirty Harry style characters but I just can't see anyone else doing the actual Dirty Harry justice

I think one of the better Dirty Harry knockoffs to me was Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood. And he's doing it again in the upcoming "Justified" series which looks pretty damn good

rmilner 12/23/2009 8:11:47 AM

I would like to see Charlie Chan redone. Maybe with Jackie Chan as Charlie.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 12/23/2009 8:36:59 AM

I'd add to that Alex Cross but this time start from the  beginning and stay true to the books and villains.  And I nominate Denzel Washington.  The good acting one not the bad one.

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