Several movies, including Ghostbusters, will be getting a reboot this year.
Several movies, including Ghostbusters, will be getting a reboot this year.FB / Ghostbusters

Even though reboots of popular movies hardly live up to the expectations (take the example of "Godzilla", "Karate Kid" and "The Omen), it seems Hollywood loves to churn out old movies' remakes.

Keeping that in mind, 2016 is definitely a year of resurrection for several classic movies. A lot of iconic movies have been reworked and polished to suit the interests of the new generations.

As reported by Movie Pilot, here are five such movies based on highly popular and beloved classics that are all set to hit the big screen across the world this year.


The original movie, which told the adventures of a team of scientists (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd) fighting paranormal creatures and elements, first hit the theatres 32 years ago.

The original cast appeared for a second time in the 1989 sequel. However, in 2016, the reboot now comprises of female leads Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig.


Another classic, this was made immortal by the performance of the legendary Robin Williams as Alan Parrish — a man  trapped in a mysterious board game for 26 years.

It is going to be really tough for the creators of the reboot to bring the evergreen chemistry of William with then child actors Kirsten Dunst and Adam Hann Byrd. The popularity of the movie was mainly due to its original story. Hence, whether a reboot is a good idea will be determined only once the film is released.

The Exorcist

Considered one of the most impressive horror movies of all time, "The Exorcist" told the tale of the exorcism of a 12-year-old girl named Regan (Linda Blair), who was possessed by a demon. It was based on the 1971 novel of the same name.

Fox recently announced that a TV series called "The Exorcist Chronicles" is under development to reboot the movie.

Baywatch: Forbidden Paradise

The movie, based on the popular 1990s' TV series of the same name will feature Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario as a team of bodyguards with good looks and skimpy cloths — the exact things the franchise was known for.

Independence Day

"Independence Day" was released back 1996 when Will Smith was going through a good career phase that included his other movies like "Bad Boys" (1995) and "Men in Black" (1997).

Though the upcoming "Independence Day: Resurgence" is actually a sequel and not a reboot, fans are already disappointed with it as Smith's character, Captain Steven Hiller, has been confirmed to be dead in the movie. Even Smith has referred to his character's fate as "terrible."