What new classics have we declared off-limits?
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Why someone would want to remake it: Well, if and when gay marriage becomes legal across the country you could easily see a producer taking this classic love story and "updating" it to modern day Montana, Texas, etc. Plus, the fact the original grossed a transcendent $178 million worldwide and earned a tidy profit will resonate with producers for decades.
Why they shouldn't: Sure, there will no doubt be fantastic actors in the future who could match Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's Academy Award-nominated performances, but from a business perspective that wouldn't be enough. "Brokeback's" success was partially because it was the first breakout gay romances of its kind. The film was also a critical and audience word-of-mouth phenomenon. That's a magic combination in the movie business that's very hard to duplicate and should save "Brokeback" from a remake decades from now.
- Gregory Ellwood