By Amy Ryan
Updated July 11, 2006 at 12:00 PM EDT
Dracula: The Kobal Collection

With the successes of Batman Begins and Superman Returns, Hollywood seems to think a number of franchises are due for reboots. Already slated for release over the next several months are such prequels and reboots as Casino Royale (which will take us back to James Bond’s origins), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and Young Hannibal: Behind the Mask, showing Lecter as a liver-lovin’ lad. J.J. Abrams has been linked to talk of a Star Trek movie set during Kirk and Spock’s cadet days at Starfleet Academy. And now comes word that Universal, which has been making Dracula movies since Bela Lugosi’s 1931 classic (pictured), has purchased a script called Dracula Year Zero, which will revisit the tale of how Prince Vlad became everybody’s favorite neckbiter.

Which other franchises deserve clean slates and fresh starts? I’m thinking sleuth sagas, something like Columbo, where a younger actor who can evoke Peter Falk’s scruffy cunning (say, Mark Ruffalo) reveals how the gumshoe got that way.

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