By Jeff Labrecque
Updated June 07, 2011 at 10:25 PM EDT
Credit: Photofest NYC

In the current age of remakes and sequels and prequels and reboots and preboots, resurrecting a classic film from the viewpoint of the original’s villain sometimes qualifies as “outside the box” thinking. For example, there’s Malificent, Disney’s plan to tell the Sleeping Beauty tale from the point of view of the sorceress; and Pan, in which Aaron Eckhart’s Captain Hook will be a hero detective on the trail of child killer. (Heck, the entire Star Wars prequels were about getting to the heart of Darth Vader!)

Now Fox Animation is planning an animated version of King Kong, told from the ape’s point of view, according to Deadline. To be fair, King Kong isn’t a true villain, and all three of the major Hollywood films depict him as a lovesick sap who dies trying to protect his forbidden love. Being animated, though, I assume we’ll at least get to hear the poor lug verbalize his heartbreak, you know, Sydney Carton-like.

I’m actually rooting for these anti-heroes to break-out in their respective remakes, because some of my favorite characters might then have an opportunity to star in their own vehicle. Take Hans Gruber from Die Hard, for example. It wouldn’t take much work to turn his brilliant thief into a Danny Ocean-type targeting the stolen riches of a callous corporate conglomerate. Or Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life: Joel Surnow (24) could direct this patriot’s lifetime fight to weed out the corrupting influence of sunny-faced socialism in a small town.

What villain would you pay to see in his or her own movie?

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