What new classics have we declared off-limits?
Why someone would want to remake it: Hossein Amini's adaptation of James Sallis's novel features a slew of characters that are textbook examples of classic literary characters. A mysterious drifter with unexplainable skills (in this case being a fantastic car driver and fighter), a young mother who has suffered because of her husband's criminal acts (you've heard that one before) and a crime boss who hates to get his hands dirty but will do it if he has to. Throw in an iconic backdrop (in this case the streets of downtown Los Angeles) and you're left with a conflict party mix studio executives will want to develop as a screenplay again and again.
Why they shouldn't: Nicholas Winding Refn's 2011 instant classic wasn't exactly a box office success, but that hasn't stopped producers or filmmakers from believing a similar pitch wouldn't be a hit in their own hands. The problem is you'll be hard pressed to duplicate this combination of a visionary filmmaker and an electric cast at the peak of their acting powers. Maybe you re-make Drive 20 years from now, but you'd have to radically change the story, locale and characters to let a new version stand on its own.
- Greogry Ellwood