One of the more popular things going around Hollywood right now is the whole concept of the remake. It has to do with “established brand names” or some such nonsense. But, once concept that was introduced in recent years is the “re-imagining.” That’s where you remake something but, in your remake, you tend to start all over from the ground up; give new spins on things and more contemporary touches. I believe the term “re-imagining” was first coined by Tim Burton, as he described his remake of Planet of the Apes.
Over in the realm of television, the “re-imagining” concept is also gaining ground. Look at the new re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica. It is widely considered by many – sci-fi nerds and mainstream critics alike – to be one of the greatest TV shows right now. The whole politics, society, and war that form the basis of the show have been greatly expended upon and explored. Star Trek meets The West Wing was how one critic described it.