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.
The actor, 20, is also likely to star in a sequel
2002, 2004, 2007
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.
PAIGE O’HARA (voice)
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.
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.
King Kong: Fay Wray is Ann Darrow
King Kong: Jessica Lange is the sympathetic Dwan
King Kong: Naomi Watts steps in as Ann Darrow
Kong: Skull Island: Larson debuts as Weaver
The Mummy: Boris Karloff kicks off the horrors
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy: A comedic turn
The Mummy: Peter Cushing stars
The Mummy: Enter Brendan Fraser
The Mummy: Cruise revives the franchise
This appears in the December 26, 2016 issue of TIME.