The joy of premakes: The Empire Strikes Back, Ghostbusters, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Forrest Gump and Gone With The Wind

We all know abut remakes, right? You take an old movie or TV show and then make it again, updating it for today’s audiences. Think of Battlestar Galactica, Batman, Psycho et al.

So how about premakes? The idea here is to take a modern movie or TV show and then create from it an imagined original version made decades ago to show you how effects, etc, have changed over the years. Here’s what I mean.

Is there anything you’d like to see pre-made?



  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.