The New Year in Remakes: 'Karate Kid', 'Footloose' and More

Remakes are always a gamble -- will the new movie be better or worse than the original? But it's a gamble that audiences love to take. This year, tons of old movies are new again. Here are a few of the most-anticipated remakes of 2010, broken down by genre:

THE 80S ARE BACK
Chace Crawford will be filling Kevin Bacon's iconic sneakers in a remake of Footloose, while Will Smith's son Jaden is the new Karate Kid (with Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi). Both movies come out in June. Clash of the Titans (March) will swap out the original's stop-motion effects for CGI monsters, while Taylor Lautner's abs will be the big special effect in a rumored remake of the high school wrestling drama Vision Quest.

OH, THE HORROR!
A remake of campy werewolf film The Howling will hit theaters in October. Other creepy remakes in pre-production include Fright Night, The Brood and (yet again) The Amityville Horror.

THEY'RE CALLED CLASSICS FOR A REASON
The John Wayne Western True Grit will be remade with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon. The musical classic My Fair Lady will feature a singing Keira Knightley.

FOREIGN FARE
The British farce Death at a Funeral will get a remake (minus the accents) in April. The Swedish teen vampire movie Let the Right One In and the French comedy The Dinner Game get American remakes and title changes: they'll be called Let Me In and Dinner for Schmucks (with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd), respectively.

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