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The Reboot Playbook Expands

Dec 19, 2016

SAME CHARACTER, DIFFERENT ACTORS

Spider-Man: Homecoming, due in July, installs the fourth Peter Parker in as many decades, following a recent Captain America cameo that sent the Internet abuzz.

TOM HOLLAND

The actor, 20, is also likely to star in a sequel

ANDREW GARFIELD

2012, 2014

TOBEY MAGUIRE

2002, 2004, 2007

NICHOLAS HAMMOND

1977--79 (on TV)

FROM ANIMATION TO LIVE ACTION

Disney's Beauty and the Beast remake puts a human face on a once animated bibliophile, painstakingly re-creating her 2-D costumes and breathing life into her cadre of sidekicks, from candelabra Lumière to teapot Mrs. Potts.

EMMA WATSON

2017

PAIGE O'HARA (voice)

1991

FROM SMALL SCREEN TO BIG

The slo-mo beach run returns in a high-res adaptation of the hit series, which throughout the 1990s proved that drama seekers need look no further than the lifeguard chair. Dwayne Johnson steps in for David Hasselhoff, Kelly Rohrbach for Pamela Anderson and Alexandra Daddario for Nicole Eggert.

HIGH-END CAMEOS

The Fate of the Furious (that's the eighth installment, if you're counting) adds a touch of class with British actor Helen Mirren.

SAME UNIVERSE, NEW STORIES

Producer J.J. Abrams builds on Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) with a new film, likely titled something Cloverfield. The Twilight Zone--inspired monster anthology features different casts in the same fictional world.

REBOOTING REBOOTS OF REBOOTS

Both The Mummy and King Kong debuted in the early 1930s, kicking off two of the most prolific franchises in movie history. In 2017, Tom Cruise will make archaeology cool again in a reboot of The Mummy, while Brie Larson will star in the 1970s-set origin story Kong: Skull Island.

1933

King Kong: Fay Wray is Ann Darrow

1976

King Kong: Jessica Lange is the sympathetic Dwan

2005

King Kong: Naomi Watts steps in as Ann Darrow

2017

Kong: Skull Island: Larson debuts as Weaver

1932

The Mummy: Boris Karloff kicks off the horrors

1955

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy: A comedic turn

1959

The Mummy: Peter Cushing stars

1999

The Mummy: Enter Brendan Fraser

2017

The Mummy: Cruise revives the franchise

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