Save the Cat! author Blake Snyder offers brief insight into remakes and redos—with vary rare exceptions, the laziest way to make movies.
More thoughts on remakes here.
Following my earlier post on adaptations, Mystery Man on Film says to hell with trying to option the rights and go for the stuff that’s already in the public domain—most of which can be found on Project Gutenberg.
Great idea, but to take up Snyder’s advice, espeically when looking to older literary works, one still has to find the story. (That reminds me, I’ve been meaning to watch Tom Jones, which I didn’t realize was based on an 18th century novel.)