Ocean's Eleven

Ocean's Eleven

Based on the original film released in 1960, Ocean’s Eleven hit screens in 2001 and went on to gross over 450 million dollars worldwide, before taking the crown of best ever movie remake.

George Clooney leads an all-star cast of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Julia Roberts as he attempts to heist three of the biggest casinos in Las Vegas.

The poll of 2,000 Brits was conducted to celebrate the Jameson Empire ‘Done in 60 Seconds’ competition - which challenges aspiring filmmakers to remake any film of their choice in no more than 60 seconds.

But the results prove that a film needs more than a charming leading man - Russell Brand’s Arthur (2011) took the gong for the worst remake.

Not even the talents of Helen Mirren could stop a slating by the critics and the British public have named Arthur the most rotten in the top 10 worst ever remakes.

Yesterday Evgenia Matthews, Jameson Brand Manager, said: "Films are a massive part of British culture and most of us are never shy of voicing what we like and what we don’t.

"There’s an increasing trend towards revisiting popular stories within film and Ocean’s Eleven is a great example of how a remake can be so successful."

The Mummy (1999) starring the all-action Brendan Fraser was dubbed the second best ever remake, while Peter Jackson’s King Kong (2005) proved a worthy re-telling of the 1933 original.

The Italian Job (2003) was another to do justice to the story’s first appearance in 1969, while Martin Scorsese’s classic Cape Fear (1991) rounded off the top five greatest ever remakes.

The Parent Trap (1998) proves a family favourite and stands up to its older sibling from 1961, while Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), zombie horror Dawn of the Dead (2004) and Al Pacino’s Scarface (1983) all feature in the best 10.

But Nicholas Cage won’t look back fondly at his appearance in The Wicker Man (2006) - the attempt to revive the 1973 version was branded the second worst remake in history.

Fame (2009) was out of tune and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) failed to move audiences, while 2010’s Clash of the Titans rounds off the top five in the list of remakes repulsing our retinas.

Film fans rejected remakes of the Planet of the Apes (2001) and Piranha (2010), House of Wax (2005) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) - all of which featured in the top 10 worst ever remakes.

Four in ten Brits say they are open minded when it comes to remakes, but 45 per cent say remakes often don’t respect the original enough.

One in four has a film they would like to see remade, while a fifth of Brits own both the original and the remake versions of a favourite film.

A fifth of Brits feel cult films in particular lend themselves to remakes, with Blade Runner, Labyrinth and Donnie Darko all proving popular.

Evgenia Matthews continued "It’s no surprise that the public said cult films lend themselves to remakes.

"These films are a strong part of our identity and the characters and storylines never leave us. We’ve noticed a rise in the trend of cult film remakes over the last few years." 

Top 10 Best Remakes

1. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
2. The Mummy (1999)
3. King Kong (2005)
4. The Italian Job (2003)
5. Cape Fear (1991)
6. The Parent Trap (1998)
7. Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
8. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
9. Scarface (1983)
10. Alfie (2004)

Top 10 Worst Remakes

1. Arthur (2011)
2. The Wicker Man (2006)
3. Fame (2009)
4. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
5. Clash of the Titans (2010)
6. Planet of the Apes (2001)
7. Piranha 3-D (2010)
8. House of Wax (2005)
9. Freaky Friday (2003)
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

"The Jameson Empire ‘Done in 60 Seconds’ competition asks aspiring talent to take everything they love about their favourite films to create something that pays tribute to the original in a new and quirky way.

"The entries we’ve had show the passion and pride people take in reliving cult films and our shortlisted top 20 show genuine talent for entertaining."

To see them and cast your vote, visit: http://www.empireonline.com/awards2012/diss/