Based on a novel by Steven King, “Christine” is essentially a love story about a young man and his possessed 1958 Plymouth Fury that occasionally murders some people.
And while rumors say that the new film will still take place sometime around 1980, we started thinking about all the vehicular possibilities if the remake has a more contemporary setting.
So we came up with a list of five solid choices for a “new” Christine if they decide to do a major reboot and set the film in 2021.
5 Cars That Should Play a Modern Christine
5. 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
If Christine is set anytime in the 21st century, Arnie should really be driving some sort of crossover or SUV. While we wince a bit at the thought of Christine being a grocery getter, we do think a Dodge Magnum SRT-8 would be a solid compromise. Staying in the Mopar family, the Hemi-powered SRT-8 won’t have any trouble avoiding a slow-moving bulldozer (or a septic truck, if ya read the book).
4. 1996 General Motors EV1
OK, hear us out: Sometimes the best way to revive such a well-known character is to completely reinvent the role—just look at how many radically different iterations we’ve seen of Batman and Joker. And we couldn’t think of a bigger 180° than to go from a rip-snortin’ V8 to battery power. As an added bonus, without her sinister exhaust rumble, it’ll be easier for Christine to sneak-up on her victims.
3. 2001 Plymouth Prowler
In the book, Christine was originally set in 1978, which meant that a 1958 Fury was 20 years old at the time. So it makes sense that if the remake is set in the present day, then the car should be from 2001. And if we’re sticking with Plymouth, then our options in 2001 were either the Neon, Breeze, Voyager, or the Prowler. So we went with the aptly-named Prowler here.
2. 1967 Chevy Camaro
Christine’s main antagonist is the school bully Buddy Repperton. In addition to picking on Arnie, he leads a gang that trashes Christine with sledgehammers. As you’d imagine, that was a mistake—and Christine not only gets even with Buddy, she obliterates his 1967 Chevy Camaro too (though in the book, Repperton drove a second-gen). We’re flipping the script here by casting the F-body in Christine’s place.
1. 1958 Plymouth Fury
Remaking Christine with anything other than an autumn red 1958 Plymouth Fury would be like replacing Jaws with a tuna fish. So they darn well better pick a classic Plymouth to fill the role. And while the special effects from Carpenter’s edition have aged pretty well, we’re excited to see some CG Mopar mayhem in the remake. The question remains though: will Christine still have an ear for 1950s bubblegum? Or will “Thriller” be blasting out of her radio this time? (We honestly don’t care as long as the soundtrack has some Carpenter-inspired synthwave goodness.)
Agree with our choices? Give us your thoughts in the comments!