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->''"TheNineties saw a wave of middle-brow adaptations of The Bard's plays, often taking them to new and interesting territory. There was Theatre/HenryIV with rent boys, a Fascist Theatre/RichardIII, Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew in High School, Theatre/{{Hamlet}} with lions, Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet with seizures..."''
-->-- '''[[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]]''', while reviewing another Shakespeare update, ''Film/TromeoAndJuliet''[[note]]and referring to, respectively: ''Film/MyOwnPrivateIdaho'', ''Film/RichardIII'', ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'', ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and ''Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet''[[/note]]

Adaptations of old stories will frequently move them closer to the production in time and/or space, even if the original is only a couple of decades old, in a DerivativeWorks kind of CreatorProvincialism.

Distinct from RecycledInSpace in that the purpose is to make the story more familiar and accessible, whereas that trope is often based around transplanting a story into a ''less'' familiar setting. Also, by its nature, a Setting Update is typically made long after the original, whereas a RecycledPremise is usually a MeToo made [[FollowTheLeader to cash in on hot demand]]. Sometimes, especially with the more radical changes, it can be a genuinely clever analogy.

A Setting Update can still be described with [-[[RecycledINSPACE IN SPACE!]]-] style, though, since that usually isn't all that's changed.

Related to ComicBookTime for long running series. Also related to {{Retcon}}.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' is ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' in the present (maybe).
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' is ''Manga/SailorMoon'' [-IN 2014!-] Compared to the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga and original anime]]'s 1992 setting, it features updated tech. Though a cellphone is seen in Act 1, it's much more noticeable in Act 2, where the computers are much more modern than those in the manga and 90s anime (in particular, Usagi has a pink laptop with a bunny decal on it). ''Crystal'' does retain the original [[VideoArcade Game Center Crown]], (2003's [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon tokusatsu version]] updated it to a karaoke bar) but though the industry is [[http://kotaku.com/what-could-kill-japanese-arcades-1552675093 contracting]], arcades remain relatively popular in Japan, unlike the west. However, the actual ''Sailor V'' video game is something of an aversion, looking like an early '90s platformer, which is somewhat odd considering [[IKnowMortalKombat the reason]] [[Manga/CodenameSailorV the game was created]]. Maybe it's supposed to be {{Retraux}} in-universe?
* While ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' isn't set in any discernible time period (since it's a fantasy series), the 2011 remake features updated technology. Flip-phones are changed to smartphones, and VHS tapes are changed to [=DVDs=]. It's extremely noticeable when comparing it to the 1999 adaptation and earlier parts of the manga.
* This happens whenever a manga from TheSeventies or TheEighties gets new adaptations. For example the ''Manga/OniisamaE'' manga is from the early 70s, while the TV series is from the early 90s; the "Oniisama" Takehiko Henmi is seen writing his thesis in a typing machine in the manga, but he uses an early desktop computer (floppy disks included) in the anime.
* A ''very'' subtle one in ''Manga/DeathNote'' where the anime is set three years later than the manga, only really noticeable through the use of dates in the series.
* The anime adaptation of ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' has the characters using modern technology such as laptops and touch-screen phones and wearing modern hair/clothing styles. The original manga was set in the [[UsefulNotes/TheEighties late eighties]]/[[UsefulNotes/TheNineties early nineties]], while the anime takes place during the UsefulNotes/TheNewTens.
* ''Anime/RanpoKitanGameOfLaplace'' is Ranpo Edogawa novels in 2015.
* ''Manga/BlackJack'':
** ''Young Black Jack'' is ''Manga/BlackJack'' [-AS A {{BISHOUNEN}} IN THE 60s!-] (Note this one zigzags this trope by going backwards chronologically, but specifically changing the protagonist to make it marketable by the 2015 trend of female {{Fanservice}}.)
** The series of [[TheNineties the late 90's]] already used this trope, being set in these years and using technology to match like the internet, smartphones, computers, etc. i.e., a case involves two ill boys [[spoiler: lying to each other about their accomplishments]], which they did through letters in the original and through e-mails in the 90's series.
* The ''Manga/WanderingSon'' anime changes the story from the mid-to-late 2000s to the early 2010s. It's not that noticeable besides cellphones being more common and some technology changes. For example, Nitori and Mako recording their voices using a tapeplayer is changed to them recording their voices on their cellphones.
* ''The New Adventures of Anime/{{Gigantor}}'' takes place [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture in the early 21st century]] while the original takes place shortly after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* The ''Manga/SgtFrog'' anime updated the manga's setting from 1999 to 2004. And the English dub of the anime updated it from 2004 to 2009.
* To celebrate the ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' anime's 20th anniversary, there was an one-hour anime special re-telling the first episodes. It included some changes to reflect the actual times, like Sherry [[spoiler: (the still-not-shrunk Ai Haibara)]] using a very modern computer to [[spoiler: analyze the effects of the FountainOfYouth drug]] or Gin taking pictures with a smartphone rather than an actual photo camera.
* The ''Manga/LaughingSalesman'' second anime adaptation, ''Laughing Salesman NEW'', is set around 2015 [[note]]In Episode 8, the bartender has a bottle of wine that was made in 2015, according to the bottle's label.[[/note]] as the original adaptation didn't have computers or smartphones. ''NEW'' also retells some of the episodes from the original and places them in a modern setting with some changes.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': The original light novels are set in the early 2000s, when the first few novels were published. The anime updates the setting to the early 2010s.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'': The manga takes place in the 1970s, while ''Anime/DevilmanCrybaby'', one of the more faithful adaptations, updates the setting to 2018.
* The ''Manga/BananaFish'' anime takes place in the 2010s.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' imprint is early(ish) Creator/MarvelComics in the '00s. Earlier ComicBook/MarvelAdventures comics (formerly known as Marvel Age) were the same thing, only child-friendly, and they directly adapted older Marvel comics.
* In Creator/MarvelComics or Creator/DCComics superhero lines, almost any retelling of a character's origin will fall into this category, especially as regards technology, the status of minorities and who the President is. The only exceptions are characters whose origins are fixed in history, e.g. ComicBook/CaptainAmerica. (That said, compare the versions of Cap's awakening in the modern day from the original in ''Avengers'' #4-10 (when he was only 20 years out of date, and most of the changes to the world would have been at least just barely understandable), and the ''Captain America: Man Out of Time'' miniseries for a perfect example of this trope.)
** DC and Marvel update their universes gradually since they've been publishing comics continuously for decades, and because the Marvel Universe doesn't reboot as often its continuity is maintained in BroadStrokes, sometimes resulting in modern stories where characters recall events from issues written in the 1960s. It's generally accepted by readers that most of the stories from both companies take place during the time they were written, unless noted otherwise.
* Creator/JeffLemire's ''The Nobody'' is ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' [-IN THE 1990s!-]
* The ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'' comic is a BroadStrokes adaptation of [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers the original TV show]], but with the setting changed from the early 90s to 2015.
* Each ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' book is set in the year it was first published, despite the title character not aging much, if at all. The result is that Tintin himself looks just about the same from 1931's ''The Blue Lotus'' right through to 1976's ''Tintin and the Picaros''. Other recurring characters take it even further - most notably General Alcazar, who resembles a formal-style [[TheGeneralissimo 1930s military dictator]] in ''The Broken Ear'', but in ''Tintin and the Picaros'' his dress sense resembles that of UsefulNotes/FidelCastro or UsefulNotes/CheGuevara.
* ''ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie'' had a reboot in the early 2010s that updated the series to taking place in modern times.
* ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' is a reboot of the very 80s ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' that takes place in the 2010s (particularly 2015 at the start).
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' uses ComicBookTime, however the [[ComicBook/ArchieComics2015 2015 reboot]] modernizes the series in a way even the newer 'classic universe' comics don't.
* The {{animesque}} ''Manga Romeo and Juliet'' graphic novel is ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' set in [-2000s JAPAN!-]

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' updates the medieval fairy tale to take place in TheBigEasy during TheRoaringTwenties.
* Judging from the Victorian-looking fashions, Disney's ''{{Disney/Cinderella}}'' takes place at some point in the 19th century. The opening credits say that the film is adapted from the version written by Creator/CharlesPerrault, who lived two centuries earlier. And, of course, the original folk tale is older even than that.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* ''Film/TheTollOfTheSea'' is a silent movie adaptation of ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' - which is set in early 1900s Japan. The film moves it to the 1920s, and relocates it to China.
* ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' is particularly prone to this in adaptations, with the [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds 1938 radio play]], the [[Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds1953 1953 film]], the [[Series/WarOfTheWorlds 1980s]] [=TV=] series, and two of the three [[Film/WarOfTheWorlds 2005 films]] moving the setting to the present day from the novel's 1902. Music/JeffWayne's RockOpera [[Music/JeffWaynesMusicalVersionOfTheWarOfTheWorlds adaptation]] (and the [[VideoGame/JeffWaynesWarOfTheWorlds PC game]] based on it), along with the third of the 2005 releases, are the only ones that ''keep'' the original setting.
* The 2007 film of ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' changed the film from taking place post-UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar to being in contemporary times. This caused a lot of the film to be changed in order to fit 2000s standards. For example, Jesse's living conditions are changed, Leslie's design was [[YouDontLookLikeYou revamped completely]] because her original look wasn't that "weird" anymore, Jesse was no longer MistakenForGay by his parents for being an artist, and a lot of the ValuesDissonance was removed or edited. Despite the plot and character changes, the slang is still dated, someone forgot to tell the guy in charge of getting a school bus for the movie that it wasn't in TheSeventies anymore, and a few odd elements don't match well in a modern day setting (Jesse's teacher going on a trip with him alone, Leslie's parents letting her run around in the woods unsupervised, the way [[spoiler:Janice's]] abusive dad is glossed over, etc).
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' (Notably, the 2006 movie had TEXAS HOLD-EM! in place of the 1953 book's baccarat.) In fact, most of the ''Film/JamesBond'' series qualifies, as each film is set during roughly the time period in which it was made.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' removes the anachronistic Prohibition-era feel that the animated series made such an iconic part of the Bat mythos. This leads to things like Joker as Ra's al Ghul seeming more like modern terrorists and Batman's equipment being military gear not too far off from already existing.
* The film adaptations of ''Literature/TheBourneSeries'', which was written in the '70s, which also necessitated major changes to the plot since the RippedFromTheHeadlines villains of the books was no longer relevant in the 2000s (being just a teensy bit ''in prison for the rest of his life'').
* Literature/TheSaint and Literature/MikeHammer have so far never appeared in film or TV adaptations in period pieces. The Armand Assante remake presented an updated story with Hammer as a Vietnam veteran instead of a Pacific Theater World War II veteran. Even though the last time Stacy Keach played Hammer aired over fifty years since the first appearance of Mike Hammer, it presented an updated story. Roger Moore's [[Series/TheSaint version of The Saint]] debuted over thirty years after the first appearance of the Saint in print in 1928, but presented an updated story, as did subsequent adaptations with Ian Ogilivy, Andrew Clarke, and Simon Dutton. The Val Kilmer film took place in contemporary times, arriving in theaters in 1997-almost seventy years after the Saint's debut.
* {{Superhero}} films tend to do this, often taking characters and concepts created during the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Ages]] and transplanting their origins to a contemporary setting. For example, the 2008 ''[[Film/IronMan1 Iron Man]]'' took place during TheWarOnTerror rather than UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, and the ''[[Film/FantasticFour2015 Fantastic Four]]'' reboot has the characters gaining their powers in 2015 rather than during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar.
* ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'' is Charles Dickens' ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' in the 1980s. It works, though, because of the cleverness of using a ShowWithinAShow concept - the Scrooge analogue is producing a live TV adaptation of the original ''A Christmas Carol'', yet clearly misses the point until it happens to him.
* This used to be commonplace for Franchise/SherlockHolmes movies. For instance, only the first two of the Rathbone/Bruce series in the 1930s-1940s (the 20th Century Fox ones) took place in the Victorian era, with the twelve Universal films (the "[[Film/TheBakerStreetDozen Baker Street Dozen]]") set firmly in World War II and later the post-war era.
* The 2002 MadeForTVMovie ''Film/{{Carrie|2002}}'' is the Brian [=DePalma=] movie and the Creator/StephenKing novel in the early '00s - updating a few minor details. The 2013 version takes it a step further by making the prominence of social media and cyberbullying a PlotPoint. Carrie's period is recorded on a video, which is used to properly bust Chris. It also gets played at the prom, contributing to her breakdown. She also uses Google to look up information about her powers.
* The 2005 ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. In particular, Mike Teavee's addiction is changed from gangster movies and westerns to violent video games! There are animatronic puppets that malfunction comically! (Strangely enough, when Teavee is confronted with a video game setting inside the factory, he claims that it is "lame".)
* ''Film/KamenRiderTheFirst'' and ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'' are remakes of ''Series/KamenRider'' and ''Series/KamenRiderV3'', but with the setting changed from the 1970s to the TurnOfTheMillennium.
* The two Allan Quatermain films with Richard Chamberlain and Sharon Stone moved Quatermain forward to the World War I era, not the 1880s and earlier setting of the Creator/HRiderHaggard novels.
* ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' was ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' and {{Faust}} in the '70s.
* ''Film/TheLairOfTheWhiteWorm'' was an old Creator/BramStoker novel updated to modern day for the film adaptation.
* ''Film/TheATeam'' is ''Series/TheATeam'' with Iraq veterans.
* The 1998 film of ''Film/GreatExpectations'' is set in Florida and New York in the Seventies and Eighties, and Pip's name is changed to Finnegan Bell, among other name changes.
* ''Film/{{Click}}'' is The Magic Thread, an old French tale, set in the modern-day United States. The premise of a tv remote control that can control time is taken from an old ''Buster Comics'' strip called ''Vid Kid''.
* ''Huck and the King of Hearts'' is ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn'' in the 1990s, with a truck instead of a raft.
* The original sci-fi story ''Literature/WhoGoesThere'' was written in the 1930s. ''Film/TheThing1982'' gave the year as 1982, the same year it was released.
* ''Theatre/HeddaGabler'''s 2004 American film adaptation moves the setting to present-day Wenatchee, WA.
* ''Film/CastAway'' is ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'' in the [[TheNineties Mid-Late 1990s]] with '''a [[CompanionCube VOLLEYBALL]] as Friday!'''
* ''Film/YouveGotMail'' is ''The Shop Around the Corner'' in modern-day America. (It's even lampshaded with the name of Meg Ryan's bookstore).
* ''Film/{{PCU}}'' is ''Film/AnimalHouse'' in TheNineties.
* The LiveActionAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' was updated to TheNineties.
* ''Film/WeirdScience'' was adapted from a 1950s comic book story and updated for [-[[TheEighties THE 1980s]] home computer age.
* The 2014 version of ''Film/{{Annie|2014}}'' is set in ThePresentDay rather than the 1930s, averting the PoliticallyCorrectHistory of the 1999 version. This produces several other changes, such as Miss Hannigan running a foster home instead of an orphanage.
* The Franchise/UniversalHorror films ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}'' and ''Film/{{Dracula 1931}}'' are both based on books written in the 19th century but the films take place in then-present day.
* The plot of ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' is very similar to "[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Orpheus and Eurydice]]", though transplanted to turn-of-the-century Mexico, with an added focus on a cultural holiday - the Day of the Dead.
* The 2001 MadeForTVMovie ''Murder on the Orient Express'' is ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' at the turn of the millennium.
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' is ''Literature/{{Matilda}}'' in 1990s America. Miss Trunchbull, however, [[EvilBrit remains British]].
* ''Theatre/TheChildrensHour'' is subtle in its update from 1930s to the early 1960s. The most major difference is that television exists.
* ''Film/JemAndTheHolograms'' is a very loose adaptation of the 80s ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' cartoon that takes place in the 2010s.
* Francis Ford Coppola's ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' is a loose adaptation of Joseph Conrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness'', which is set during the Scramble for Africa period in the Congo, showing the savageries carried out in the name of imperialism. The film updates this setting to UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar where the U.S. intervened in Southeast Asia, showing that WarIsHell.
* The remake of ''Literature/TheManchurianCandidate'' is set in the time period during and after the first Gulf War, as opposed to the original's Korean War setting.
* A 1998 MadeForTVMovie of ''Literature/AliceThroughTheLookingGlass'' on Creator/Channel4 had a contemporary setting, although the nature of Looking Glass Land is such that this was only obvious in the FramingStory (where Kate Beckinsdale's Alice is [[AgeLift a grown woman]] reading ''Through the Looking Glass'' to her daughter) and the costuming decisions.
* InvertedTrope in ''Film/MaryPoppins'', which moves the story ''back'' in time from the 1930s to the 1910s. ''Film/MaryPoppinsReturns'' takes place 20 years after the first movie, meaning the stories it adapts actually take place in the same decade featured in the books.
* ''{{Film/She|1965}}'': The 1965 film updates the story from "18--" to 1918, and makes the heroes a group of recently-demobbed British soldiers.
* Not that it mattered much (since the updated setting is destroyed), but Arthur in ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is from an era of videophones, rather than one where people "still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea".
* Inverted with ''Film/BloodOfBeasts'', which is ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'' in Norse times.
* ''Ivansxtc'' is a loose adaptation of the Creator/LeoTolstoy novel ''The Death of Ivan Ilych''. The original was set in 19th century UsefulNotes/ImperialRussia, the film is set in 21th century UsefulNotes/{{Hollywood}}.
* ''Film/WonderWoman'' inverts this, changing the setting from World War II to World War I.
* Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{It}}'' (1986) has [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits "The Losers Club"]] meeting in 1957 as teenagers, then reuniting in 1984 as adults. [[Film/It2017 The 2017 movie]] has them meeting as teenagers in 1988, with [[spoiler: a SequelHook at the end identifying the movie as ''It: Chapter One'']]. Considering the entity "It" is supposed to awaken every 27 years, [[spoiler: the promised ''Chapter 2'' will presumably take place in 2015]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' takes place in the 90s, but the film adaptations ignore this and set them in the years they were made. ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' is set in 2000-2001 for example. It becomes noticeable from the third film onwards, where the fashions are those of the early 2000s rather than the 90s, Mr Weasley gets fascinated by an Oyster Card reader (established in 2003), and the Millennium Bridge features in the sixth film.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was set in the 90s. The 2017 ContinuityReboot sets it in TheNewTens.
* ''{{Film/Paddington}}'''s original books were written in the 1950s and 60s. The film is set in the modern day, although it leaves the exact time period vague. The biggest change involves Mrs Bird; she's a live-in housekeeper in the books. Naturally not likely for a modern middle class English family, so she's said to be a relative.
* ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' is based on a book that was written in the 70s, but the film takes place in the late 90s. [[InNameOnly Not that that's the only difference]].
* ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice'' is naturally Jane Austen's novel in modern day India. The CultureClash between the Bennets and Bingleys is achieved by making the Bennets Indian, while the Bingleys are second-generation Indians in England. Darcy becomes an American [[WhiteAngloSaxonProtestant WASP]].
* ''Film/PrisonerOfTheMountains'': It's testimony to how long ethnic Russians have been fighting the peoples of the Caucasus that this film, set in the 1990s First Chechen War, is actually an adaptation of a 120-year-old Creator/LeoTolstoy short story, "Prisoners of the Caucasus."
* ''Literature/ALittlePrincess'' is set during Victorian England. Alfonso Cuaron's 1996 film sets it New York during World War I.
* ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' takes place in a RetroUniverse version of TheEighties however its film adaptation inverts this trope. ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' seems to take place in TheForties.
* ''{{Film/Pan}}'' takes place during World War II as opposed to the original play and book's Edwardian setting. As this is an origin story for Peter, those events took place in Victorian times.
* The [[RecycledTheSeries Netflix adaptation]] of the 1986 movie ''She's Gotta Have It'' updates the setting to 2017. Fort Greene, Brooklyn is now in the process of gentrifying instead of being a relatively poor, crime-ridden neighborhood that it was in the original film. Additionally, Nola Darling is now pansexual and a woman is among one of her many lovers.
* ''Film/Ebenezer1998'' transplants ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' to the Canadian frontier.

* Creator/StephenFry's ''The Star's Tennis Balls'' is ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' [-IN 1990s BRITAIN!-]
* James Joyce's ''Literature/{{Ulysses}}'' is ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' [-IN DUBLIN WITH ORDINARY PEOPLE!-] And [-[[MindScrew REALLY CONFUSING!]]-]
** And Jacob M. Appel's ''The Biology of Luck'' is ''Ulysses'' [-IN NEW YORK!-]
* Creator/HarryTurtledove's Confederacy series ''Literature/{{Timeline 191}}'' is [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheUSSR The Great Patriotic War]] [-IN AMERICA!-] Featherstone is Hitler, Houston/Kentucky is Austria/Sudetenland, [[SignificantAnagram Morrell is Rommel]], and Pittsburgh is Stalingrad.
* Jane's Smiley's ''A Thousand Acres'' is ''Theatre/KingLear'' [-ON A FARM IN IOWA! FROM GONERIL'S POV!-]
* ''Literature/TheGreenMile'', according to WordOfGod, is the story of the execution of Jesus [-IN A 1930s PRISON-]
* Reginald Hill's ''Pictures of Perfection'' is ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' [-OopNorth IN THE 1990s! AS A GAY ROMANCE!-]
* Will Self's ''Dorian'' is ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' [-IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY-]
* OlderThanPrint: The Middle English poem ''Sir Orfeo'' is ''Orpheus and Euridyce'' [-IN MEDIEVAL WESSEX, WITH THE KING OF TheFairFolk INSTEAD OF THE GOD OF THE DEAD AND A HAPPY ENDING!-]
* The Austen Project is all Creator/JaneAusten's novels (but not ''Literature/LadySusan'' or ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'') [-IN 21st CENTURY BRITAIN!-] Starting with ''Sense & Sensibility'' by Joanna Trollope, which is ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' [-WITH SOCIAL MEDIA!-]
* ''Looking Glass Girl'' by Cathy Cassidy is ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' [-WITH ALICE IN A COMA FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT (OR WAS IT?) AT A SLEEPOVER!-] Written for the 150th anniversary of ''Alice''.
* The Creator/{{PBS}} special ''An Empire of Reason'' updates the setting of the time the Constitution was signed to the present day--in a sense, at least. Despite the modern-dress updates to the characters that appear, and the format resembling segments from television broadcasts of the aptly-named fictional Continental Television Network (CTN for short), the setting remains the late 1780's, with present-day public affairs personalities such as celebrated anchorman Walter Cronkite, ABC World News This Morning anchorman Forrest Sawyer, NBC journalist John Chancellor, NBC weatherman [[TokenMinority Al Roker]], ''[=NewsHour=]'' host Robin [=MacNeil=], NBC chief congressional correspondent [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Andrea Mitchell]], syndicated talk show host Phil Donahue, and ''Firing Line'' host William Buckley interacting with period players such as Alexander Hamilton and Robert Livingston.
* ITV's ''A Christmas Carol'', made in 2000, is ''A Christmas Carol'' [-WITH ROSS KEMP AS A [[LondonGangster LONDON GANGSTER]] SCROOGE!-]
* ''Film/AnAmericanChristmasCarol'' transplants the setting from 1843 London to Depression-era America.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Shakespea Re-Told'' [sic] is blatantly this:
** ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' [-IN A MODERN DAY TV STUDIO!-]
** ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' [-IN A MODERN DAY RESTURANT!-]
** ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' [-WITH POLITICIANS!-]
** ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' [-IN CENTER PARCS!-]
* ITV did a TV production of ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' [-AS A MODERN DAY COP DRAMA, WITH OTHELLO AS A NEWLY PROMOTED POLICE COMISSIONER AND IAGO AS HIS JEALOUS FORMER PARTNER!-] Worth checking out for Creator/ChristopherEccleston emanating pure malice as [[strike: Iago]] Jago, before being cast as the Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* Arguably a lot of Creator/AgathaChristie adaptations reverse this trope -- Christie kept publishing into the late 'sixties, and in many of her stories describes contemporary clothes, etc., but most adaptations have a 1930s design sensibility.
* Brazilian soap opera ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Cravo_e_a_Rosa O Cravo e a Rosa]]'' (lit. "The Carnation and the Rose", after a local song) is ''The Taming of the Shrew'' [-IN 1920s SÃO PAULO!-]
* Spoofed in a Creator/Channel4 documentary about ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'', which reinvented it as [-AS A GLOSSY AMERICAN SOAP!-] to make a point. The Ghost was replaced by a VideoWill, and the Oedipal undertones rapidly became text.
* The Creator/{{NBC}} series ''Series/{{Kings}}'' is the [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] story of King Saul and David [-IN SOME SORT OF PARALLEL UNIVERSE CLOSELY RESEMBLING MODERN AMERICA!-]
* ''Series/{{House}}'' is ''Manga/BlackJack'' [-WITHOUT THE [[Creator/OsamuTezuka TEZUKA]] STAR SYSTEM AND MORE SURGEONS!-] A lot of people think it's more like "Literature/SherlockHolmes [-AS A DOCTOR!-]" (lampshaded slightly when House is shot by Jack Moriarty)
* ''Series/TheBrothersGarcia'' is ''Series/TheWonderYears'' [-WITH HISPANICS!-] in the early 2000s too.
* Based on the premise, ''Series/StargateUniverse'' may be ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''... [-IN THE PRESENT!-]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is ''ComicBook/XMen'' [-IN THE REAL WORLD!-]
* There are two unrelated Russian TV miniseries, ''Graf Krestovsky'' (''Count Krestovsky'') and ''Favorsky'', both of which are ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' [-IN PRESENT-DAY RUSSIA!-] And now there's a '''third''' one, aptly named ''Montekristo''...
* ''Cosmo and George'' is ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' [-IN SINGAPORE! WITH MINDY AS AN INDIAN GUY!-]
* There's a BBC ''Macbeth'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV25yBl9VkM&list=PLC79AF51422D5BDB7 made in 1997]] and starring James Frain and Creator/RayWinstone, set in [-A PRESENT DAY SLUM!-]
* ''Series/SeaQuestDSV'' was effectively ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' [-OUT OF SPACE!-], much more pronouncedly so after the end of TNG's run. (In the first ''[=seaQuest=]'' episode after TNG ended, an alien race arrives in a ship whose design was quite obviously lifted from that of the Borg Cube.)
* Currently making waves across east Asia, the Korean revenge drama ''Cruel Temptation'' is ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' [-IN MODERN TIMES WITH GENDERFLIPS!-]
* ''Series/ChoujinkiMetalder'' is ''[[Series/{{Kikaider}} Android Kikaider]]'' [-SET IN THE TheEighties WITH A UsefulNotes/WorldWarII BACKDROP!-]
* Creator/Channel4 schools programmes about Shakespeare often did this: ''Julius Caesar'' [-AS A MODERN DAY POLITICIAN! WITH MARK ANTHONY'S FINAL SPEECH BEING TELEVISED!-]; ''Macbeth'' [-ON A COUNCIL ESTATE! WITH TEENAGE WITCHES ON ROLLERBLADES!-]; ''Twelfth Night'' [-WITH THE ROUND SUNG BY SIR TOBY AND FESTE AS A RAP!-] Since they only did a couple of scenes, they didn't have to maintain the concept for the whole play.
* Creator/Channel4 again, ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' [-IN MODERN DAY SCOTLAND, ONLY IT'S STILL AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY!-]
* Creator/TheBBC did a version of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' [-IN THE MID 20TH CENTURY! WITH SEBASTIAN AND VIOLA AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!-]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' is ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' [-IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY!-]
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', one-ups ''Sherlock'' by moving the action to [[BigApplesauce New York]] and making Watson an [[RaceLift Asian]] [[GenderFlip woman]].
* ''Series/DaimajinKanon'' is a remake of the original film, but with the setting changed to TheNewTens.
* The 1991 prime time revival of ''Series/DarkShadows'' was essentially the same as the classic series with the modern story arcs updated from the mid-to-late 1960s/early 1970s to the early 1990s. The aborted 2004 WB version would have once again updated the modern portions of the series to the then present day.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' still takes place in Tokyo, but in 2004 rather than 1992 like in the original [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]]. As such, the technology and fashion are updated accordingly, with the communicators and Disguise Pen replaced by magical cell phones that served the same purpose. The original anime had the LocalHangout as an arcade - which had fallen from popularity in the 2000s - so Crown becomes a karaoke parlor, with the girls getting mission briefings from a private room.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderUK''. With its episodes based off of episodes from the [[Series/LawAndOrder original series]], not only did the dialogue need to be "translated" into UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish, it needed to be updated to reflect modern times--technology, cultural references, etc.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is the original ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' comics with a HotterAndSexier tone and the setting changed from the 1950s to the TurnOfTheMillennium (ThePresentDay when the series was made).
* InUniverse example in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Better Than Life":
-->'''Lister''': They've remade ''Film/{{Casablanca}}''! Philistines! How can you remake ''Casablanca''? The one starring Myra Binglebat and Peter Beardsley was definitive!\\
'''Holly''': I saw that. Knockout. "Of all the space-bars in all the worlds, you had to rematerialise in mine."
* ''Series/{{Selfie}}'' is ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' set in a modern-day pharamceutical company. Lowly flower girl Eliza Doolittle is now Eliza Dooley, a self-absorbed PluckyOfficeGirl obsessed with social media, while Prof. Henry Higgins becomes PR SpinDoctor Henry Higgs, who takes it upon himself to make Eliza into a better person.
* Only a borderline example as the original is ''very'' vague about whjen it's set, but the 1981 BBC adaptation of ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' moves the setting from "TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture from the perspective of TheFifties" to NextSundayAD in TheEighties. The 2009 adaptation might also count, although it also diverges so far from the source material that it's probably beyond the remit of this trope.
* The ''Literature/FatherBrown'' stories were written and set between 1913 and the mid thirties. [[Series/FatherBrown The 2013 TV series]] is set in the fifties.
* ''Paul Merton in Galton and Simpson's...'' was ''Radio/HancocksHalfHour'' and ''Comedy Playhouse'' [-IN THE 1990s!-]
* When the character of Harry Bosch debuted in novel ''Literature/TheBlackEcho'' in 1992, he was a Vietnam veteran. 23 years later, when the TV series ''Series/{{Bosch}}'' premiered, Harry Bosch was a Gulf War and Iraq War veteran.
* ''Literature/TheClocks'' is originally set during the Cold War. The [[Series/{{Poirot}} ITV adaptation]] moved the year back to a pre-WWII era to keep the setting in line with the previous episodes, which were explicitly set in the 1930s.
* The ''Series/ArrowVerse'' series are decades-old comic books adapted for TheNewTens. Smartphones are ever-present (Supergirl even somehow manages to carry one around in her suit), popular brand names are mentioned (such as Barry having to call for an Uber, when his powers fail). Social media are also key, and Iris West now publishes online articles instead of physical newspapers. Even the nature of Barry's powers is changed from LightningCanDoAnything to a MagicalParticleAccelerator.
* Similarly, the Creator/{{Netflix}} Marvel series are updates of comics that premiered decades ago. The shows that faced the most challenges with this were ''Series/{{Daredevil}}'' and ''Series/IronFist''. ''Daredevil'' had the problem of taking place in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan, which at the time the comics were written was a WretchedHive full of crime and gang violence; however, today the neighborhood has long since gentrified. The show explained the crime as being due to the events of ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' destroying Hell's Kitchen and causing an increase in crime. ''Iron Fist'' faced this at a more meta level. A major criticism even before the show came out was the MightyWhitey plot (some critics even calling for a RaceLift to an actual Asian), with some critics noting that this premise was acceptable when the comic first came out in the '70s, but now seems dated.
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'' updates the 1985 book to the 21st century, although it's unclear if it's an alternate present, NextSundayAD, or TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. Modern technology is mentioned, for example, Offred [[spoiler: (then known as June)]] meets her husband Luke when Moira randomly stops him on the street to ask what he thinks of Offred's Tinder profile.
* ''Series/{{Sons of Anarchy}}'' is deliberately structured as ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: as an outlaw motorcycle gang! ]]

* ''Series/WonderWoman'': Season 1 was set in WorldWarII with Wonder Woman posing as Yeoman Diana Prince to get leads on where she was needed. Season 2 and 3 were in [[TheSeventies the 1970's]] and focused on Agent Diana Prince fighting [[MadScientist Mad Scientists]], Corporate {{Villains}}, and other contemporary foes.

* Basshunter's "Now You're Gone" is his previous "Boten Anna" [-IN ENGLISH!-] Ditto this for "All I Ever Wanted"/"Vi Sitter I Ventrilo Och Spelar Dota".
* Peter Schickele claims to have updated for contemporary audiences the references in Music/PDQBach's "Classical Rap," whose alleged original was about 18th-century Viennese yuppies.

[[folder:Music Video]]
* The Israeli 1992 song "At Aunt's and Uncle's" by Danny Sanderson was CoveredUp by Noa Kirel in 2017. The clip of the old version had a person calling some friends to have a WildTeenParty using a rotary phone. The new version used a smartphone. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vw7KCMjvs6I And that's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EtqfxPt7p4 just the start]] (although there are serious MythologyGags toward the end) Of course, [[ValuesResonance the song itself required no adjustment]].

* In early 2016, Creator/SternPinball announced plans to release ''Ultimate Spider-Man,'' a visually-updated PhysicalPinballTable. [[Pinball/SpiderManStern The original 2007 game]] was based on Creator/SamRaimi's Film/SpiderManTrilogy, but ''Ultimate'' updates the art, backglass, dot-matrix animation, and playfield toys with a more ComicBook-style design.

* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 series of Afternoon Plays ''New Metamorphoses'' was Ovid's ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}'' [-IN MODERN BRITAIN!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 ''Woman's Hour'' drama ''The Way We Live Right Now'', was Creator/AnthonyTrollope's ''The Way We Live Now'' [-[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin RIGHT NOW!]]-]
* ''Franchise/TheGreenHornet'' was ''Radio/TheLoneRanger'' [-IN MODERN TIMES!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play ''The Patience of Mr Job'' was the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] story of Job [-IN MODERN AFRICA! WITH "FAITH" IN FREE-MARKET ECONOMICS INSTEAD OF GOD!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 comedy series ''Brian Gulliver's Travels'' is ''Literature/GulliversTravels'' [-WITH THE SATIRE UPDATED TO BE ABOUT MODERN BRITAIN!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 series of Afternoon Plays (they like this trope) ''Arabian Afternoons'' is '' Literature/ArabianNights'' [-IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 serial ''The Mumbai Chuzzlewits'' is ''Martin Chuzzlewit'' by Creator/CharlesDickens [-IN MODERN INDIA!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 ''Stanley Baxter's Playhouse'' episode "Two Desperate Men" is "The Ransom of Red Chief" by Creator/OHenry (1907) [-IN 1930s PERTHSHIRE!-]
* Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 comedy special ''The Twelfth Night Show'' was supposedly made by stitching together clips of various performances of ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' from the archives, including a FilmNoir and a cheesy 80s musical called ''The Chick Wears Pants''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/D20Modern is... well, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [-IN THE MODERN WORLD!-] Especially the ''Urban Arcana'' setting.
* ''TabletopGame/DeltaGreen'' is ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' [-WITH SPECIAL FORCES!-] [[spoiler:It doesn't make much difference.]]
** ''Delta Green'' is receiving an overhauled edition, with specialized rules. Additionally, the game will update the setting from where it began in the [=1990s=] to modern times; as the players are federal agents and federal law enforcement has changed dramatically since then.
* InUniverse examples in a ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'':
** In ''Teralogos News'' a review of a new production of ''Theatre/TheTempest'' says "Over the last few years, Shakespeare's final complete play has suffered the most tragic fate which can overtake a classic text; it has become relevant. I swear, if I see one more [=InVid=] staging which transmutes Prospero's island into an L-5 station, with Ariel as an infomorph and Caliban as an experimental bioroid, I'll claw out my implant." Doesn't count as RecycledInSpace, because it's the present day from the perspective of the reviewer.
** ''Toxic Memes'' mentions a 2042 remake of ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', in which Smith expresses the opinion that [[DemocracyIsFlawed democracy is all a big con]], and a 2097 remake of the German silent film ''Alraune'' under the title ''Mandrake'', with the ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow updated from artificial insemination to computer generated genomes.
* Take a KnightInShiningArmor defeating a dragon and you have the myth of SaintGeorge. Replace the dragon with an EldritchAbomination and the knight with humanity's most powerful psyker and you have ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'''s GodEmperor of Mankind beating the C'tan Void Dragon and locking it away on Mars. This may have bitten Mankind in the ass later, as the massive cult responsible for maintaining all humanity's machinery including weapons, vehicles and starships, are now worshipping an entity that has little sympathy for humans...

[[folder: Stand Up Comedy]]
* ConversationalTroping in Music/MitchBenn's ''That Was the Future'' show, where he says that there will never be a setting update of ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' with a TheNewTens Marty going back to TheEighties.
-->Because what would be the equivalent of Johnny B. Goode and "Your kids are gonna love it"? "''[[Music/{{Oasis}} Today / Is gonna be the day / That they're gonna throw it back to you...]]''" "I don't know about my kids, I think my ''dad'' might like it."

* ''Pan'' was ''Literature/PeterPan'' [-IN THE MODERN DAY, IN NIGHTCLUBS!-] And it was performed in an abandoned power station.
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' was ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' [-IN TWENTIETH CENTURY NEW YORK CITY ON MANHATTAN'S UPPER WEST SIDE!-] [-AS A MUSICAL!-]
* There are a bunch of examples of Shakespeare in an unconventional setting [-WITH THE SAME DIALOGUE!-]
** ''Hobson's Choice'' (a play, later filmed) is ''Theatre/KingLear'' [-IN A 19TH CENTURY INDUSTRIAL TOWN IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND!-]
** Creator/OrsonWelles first did ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' [-WITH AN ALL BLACK CAST, IN HAITI!-].
** Creator/PatrickStewart starred in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'' [-IN AN AFRICAN STATE! WITH THE RACES REVERSED!-] because he wanted to play the role, but wasn't blacking up.
** Baz Luhrmann did ''Romeo and Juliet'' [-IN THE MODERN DAY! WITH GUNS!-]
** In 2012, Seattle's Intiman Theatre did a production of ''R & J'' in a present-day setting, but retaining some Elizabethan elements such as the sword fights.
** The 2011 ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjmqSJ0ElNs production]] [- IN THE EIGHTIES AT A TASTLESS VACATION RESORT -]
* Shakespeare pulled one himself; ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}'' is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amleth Amleth]] [-WITH HAMLET AS A PRINCE INSTEAD OF A GOVERNOR'S SON!-]
* ''Theatre/MissSaigon'' is the Opera ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' [-IN UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, WITH A MORE SYMPATHETIC MALE LEAD!-]
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' is the Opera ''Theatre/LaBoheme'' [-IN THE LATE '80s, WITH AIDS, AND LGBT THEMES-]! In turn, the off-Broadway revival updates the setting to the "end of the millennium" (early 2000s).
* Examples from Creator/BertoltBrecht's dramatic oeuvre:
** ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' is ''Theatre/TheBeggarsOpera'' in Victorian or Edwardian times (and DarkerAndEdgier).
** ''Die Heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe'' takes Schiller's ''Jungfrau von Orleans'' and transports her to the 20th century Chicago of Upton Sinclair's ''Literature/TheJungle''.
** ''Schwejk im Zweiten Weltkrieg'' (The Good Soldier Shvejk in World War 2) transports Jaroslav Hasek's ''Good Soldier Svejk'' from UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne to UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.
** ''The Caucasian Chalk Circle'' takes an Chinese play based on a story of Judge Bao (which had already been translated into European languages, adapted into various plays and operas, and which Brecht himself had also transposed to his native Augsburg at the time of the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar in ''The Augsburg Chalk Circle'') and transforms it into a play within a play performed just after the end of World War 2 in Georgia (the one in the Caucasus, obviously).
* ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}'' borrows its plot (without acknowledgment) from the obscure 19th-century German short story "Germelshausen", setting it [-IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS!-]
* Oscar Hammerstein II adapted ''Film/CarmenJones'' from the opera ''Theatre/{{Carmen}}'', keeping the Bizet score but resetting the action [-IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH DURING UsefulNotes/{{WORLD WAR II}} WITH AN ALL-BLACK CAST!-]
* When Music/StephenSondheim and George Furth musicalized the play ''Theatre/MerrilyWeRollAlong'', they reset the action between 1980 (about when the musical was produced) and 1955. (Kaufman and Hart's original play went from 1934, when it was written, to 1916, and was also BackToFront.)
* ''Music/{{Hero}}'', possibly the ballsiest adaptation on this list, is ''the friggin' story of Jesus'' [-TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture!-]
* ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' is the [[Literature/TheBible Crucifixion of Christ]] [-IN WHATEVER MODERN SETTING THE DIRECTOR FEELS LIKE-]. (It tends to involve guns and drugs).
* ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'' is ''Film/{{Liliom}}'' DOWNEAST!
* Inverted with the ''Film/SisterAct'' musical, which was set in 1978, with Alan Menkin's disco-style songs.
* Thanks to censorship at the time, ''Rigoletto'' is Victor Hugo's ''Le Roi s'amuse'' [-IN ITALY-] and ''Un ball in maschera'' is the story of the assassination of king Gustav III of Sweden [-IN COLONIAL MASSACHUSETTS-].
* There was a 1994 Scottish tour of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' [-IN 1990s GLASGOW-]!
* Similarly Neil Simon's own ''Felix & Oscar: A New Look At The Odd Couple'' is ''The Odd Couple'' [-IN THE 21st CENTURY-]!
* The 2013 stage musical version of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' updates the story much the way the 2005 film adaptation did with regards to Mike Teavee's technology fixation, and updates Violet's vice of {{Pride}} to have her parlaying her non-talent of gum chewing into a lucrative entertainment career (ala socialites and certain reality show stars). That said, while it's set in ThePresentDay, PurelyAestheticEra applies, with the songs drawing upon many different styles (and eras) of music -- British music hall, jazz, disco, rap, techno, etc.
* ''Uncle Varick'' by Scottish playwright John Byrne (the one who did ''Series/TuttiFrutti'', not ''Comicbook/XMen'') is ''Theatre/UncleVanya'' [-IN SCOTLAND IN THE 1960s!-]
* ''One Man, Two Guvnors'' by Richard Bean is the CommediaDellArte play ''Servant of Two Masters'' [-IN BRIGHTON IN THE 1960s! WITH GANGSTERS!-]
* ''Theatre/TheWiz'' is ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' [-IN THE 1970s!-] Except for ''The Wiz Live'', which seemed to be based in the early 20th century.
* The musical version of ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' takes place in the early 2010s instead of being in the early 2000s like the film.
* One English-language translation of ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'', first produced by Opera Australia in 1997, moves the action from 1870s Vienna to Manhattan in TheRoaringTwenties.
* ''Theatre/TheGreenPastures'' is a series of Bible vignettes (Adam and Eve, CainAndAbel, etc) staged in modern-day (that is, the 1920s) Louisiana with an all-black cast.
* ''Stupid F%&$ing Bird'' is ''Theatre/TheSeagull'' [-IN THE 21st CENTURY WITH {{NO FOURTH WALL}} AND [[ClusterFBomb LOTS OF SWEARING!]]-]
* The 2016 revival of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' with Creator/GillianAnderson keeps New Orleans as the setting but updates it to the post-Katrina present.
* Shakespeare in the Park does an annual summer show of ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'' with Jules [[/folder]]

[[folder: as the current President of the United States of America! ]]

* The 2017 opera ''Fausto'' is ''Theatre/{{Faust}}'' [-WITH VIRTUAL REALITY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE!-]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many fantasy [=MMORPGs=] boil down to ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' [-ON THE INTERNET!-]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock|1}}'' is ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' [-UNDERWATER, IN THE 1950S-]!
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' : ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' + ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' [-IN A REAL, SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD !!!-]
* ''Cossacks'' series is ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' [-IN 17th/18th CENTURY EUROPE!-]
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' is ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' [-{{IN A WORLD}} [[FantasyCounterpartCulture THAT RESEMBLES ANCIENT CHINESE MYTH!]]-]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' [-WITH GUNS!-]
* ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' is ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' [-SET IN [[TheEighties THE 80S]], WITH PSYCHIC POWERS!-]
* ''[[VideoGame/ModernWarfare Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare]]'' is essentially ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' [-[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin IN THE PRESENT DAY!]]-]
* ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' is ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' [-IN ANCIENT CHINA-], [-WITH [[ActionGirl A GIRL]]!-]
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines'' is ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' [-IN THE 20TH CENTURY!-]
* ''Armed Police Batrider'' is ''Battle Garegga'' [-IN A MORE MODERN SETTING AND WITH LESS [[RealIsBrown BROWN]]!-]
* The Konami arcade game ''M.I.A.'' (unrelated to the Creator/ChuckNorris movie of the same name) can be described as ''Rush 'n Attack''/''Green Beret'' [-IN VIETNAM-].
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' features the same premise and events as the first two ''Franchise/MetalGear'' games for the [=MSX2=], but moves the setting to early 21st century Alaska.
* ''Strikers 1999'' (aka ''Strikers 1945 III'') is ''Strikers 1945'' [-IN [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 1999]]!-]
* Played with: ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' is ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' [-IN 16TH CENTURY GERMANY (AKA THE HOLY [ROMAN] EMPIRE)! THE HERO, EIGHT BOSSES, AND [[spoiler:[[ManBehindTheMan TRUE VILLAIN]]]] ARE ALL FEMALE! AND MAGIC IS HEAVILY FAVORED OVER TECHNOLOGY!-]
* The SNK arcade game ''P.O.W. Prisoners of War'' is ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' [-IN A PRISONERS' CAMP!-]
* The obscure arcade game from Creator/{{Konami}} ''Combat School'' is ''VideoGame/TrackAndField'' [-IN A MILITARY BOOT CAMP!-]
* The Japanese PC-FX game ''Battle Heat'' is ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' [-IN A EUROPEAN MEDIEVAL SETTING!-]
* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' takes place in an unknown time period, however their world bares resemblances to ours. The remakes typically modernize the clothing and technology, though they keep the games place in the timeline stationary. For example the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' replace your UsefulNotes/NintendoGamecube with a UsefulNotes/WiiU however it's still canonically concurrent with the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' that were released just after the original ''Ruby'' and ''Sapphire''. [[spoiler:There are heavy implications that ''[=ORAS=]'' is in an AlternateUniverse from the older ''[=FRLG=]'' continuity though.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Fallout1}} Fallout]]'' is ''VideoGame/{{Wasteland}}'' [-IN A PSUEDO-FIFTIES POST APOCALYPSE!-]
* The ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'' and ''VideoGame/BatmanTheTelltaleSeries'' indulge in this a bit, which is especially noticeable since the 90s animated series, a touchstone for most modern Bat-fans, famously made Gotham an anachronistic hodgepodge of contemporary and early 20th century styles to evoke the early comics.
** ''Arkham'': Most noticeable in ''Origins'', where Riddler employs cybercrime, Anarky resembles modern street protestors, and on and on.
** ''Telltale'': Instead of their more classic personae as gangsters, Two-Face and Penguin are reimagined as a borderline-fascist politician and a terrorist who spouts class warfare rhetoric, respectively.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* The ''[[http://tattuinardoelasaga.wordpress.com/ Tattúínárdúla]]'' saga, which is ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[/folder]]

[[folder: as an [[Literature/The Icelandic Sagas Old Norse Saga ]]
!]] This is considering every film intro from the Star Wars franchise declares this to be "A long, long time ago,"
** ''WebVideo/TheLizzieBennetDiaries'', which reimagines Elizabeth Bennet as a modern day vlogger. So it's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'' [-IN CALIFORNIA IN THE NEW TENS!-]
** ''WebVideo/WelcomeToSanditon'' A spin-off of ''The Lizzie Bennet Diaries'', set between LBD and ''Emma Approved''. Based on [[Creator/JaneAusten Jane Austen's]] final, unfinished novel Sanditon [-IN CALIFORNIA IN THE NEW TENS!-]
** ''WebVideo/EmmaApproved'' is ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' [-IN CALIFORNIA IN THE NEW TENS!-] with Emma as a professional matchmaker and lifestyle guru.
** ''WebVideo/FrankensteinMD'' is ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'' [-IN THE NEW TENS WITH A [[GenderFlip FEMALE DR. FRANKENSTEIN]]!-].
** ''WebVideo/TheMarchFamilyLetters'' Not created by Pemberly Digital, but distributed by them, is ''Literature/LittleWomen'' [-IN THE NEW TENS IN CANADA-]
* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'' is directly inspired by ''The Lizzie Bennet Diaries''. Jane is a young Canadian woman and she vlogs! It's ''Literature/JaneEyre'' [-IN VANCOUVER IN 2013!-]
* ''[[Literature/AStudyInMoonlight Tamanous of the Brackenwoods]]'' is ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Hound of the Baskervilles]]'' in [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest the Hoh Rainforest]] during the New Tens. [[MundaneFantastic With werewolves.]]
* ''WebVideo/NothingMuchToDo'', also inspired by ''The Lizzie Bennet Diaries'', is ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' [-IN A NEW ZEALAND HIGH SCHOOL!-]
* ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'' is ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'' [-IN A MODERN UNIVERSITY!-]
* ''WebVideo/AllForOne'' is ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' [-IN A MODERN UNIVERSITY!-], by the same channel as ''[[WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries Carmilla]]''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRZKTFpT6ToTeNtPR2v0IZA Northbound Web Series]] is ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' set in modern-day New York.
* Both ''[[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU_VLBr2HCEkmVJbnBsMSXg Green Gables Fables]]'' and ''WebVideo/ProjectGreenGables'' are ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' [-IN THE NEW TENS!-]
* Blog/BrokePatrickBateman is an update of ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' moved up from 1989 to the mid-2010s. Patrick Bateman is still a shallow, trend-obsessed SerialKiller in his mid-twenties, but instead of an IdleRich yuppie working on Wall Street, he's a bitter ImpoverishedPatrician millennial.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/NightHood'' is ''Literature/ArseneLupin'' [-IN THE INTERWAR PERIOD-].
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Video Revue" is the 1948 ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "Book Revue" [-WITH VHS TAPES INSTEAD OF BOOKS! AND THE WARNER SIBLINGS INSTEAD OF DAFFY DUCK!-]
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' is ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' [-IN THE 2010s-]. It's in a RetroUniverse so it doesn't look too different from the original.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' takes place in the 2010s instead of the [[ComicBookTime early 2000s]] of the original ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. For example, the girl's phone (which was dated even in the original series because it was a ''toy'' phone) was replaced with a smartphone. This means that the girls can be called even when away from home.
* ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' took place in the early-to-mid 1990s. The SoftReboot ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBusRidesAgain'' takes place in the late 2010s.
* The ''HBO Storybook Musicals'' adaptation of ''Literature/TheLittleMatchGirl'' takes place in NYC on New Years 1999. The titular heroine ([[NamedByTheAdaptation named Angela]]) [[SparedByTheAdaptation doesn't die]] in that version.
* WesternAnimation/HeyArnold was set in the present day, while WesternAnimation/HeyArnoldTheJungleMovie was also set in the present day...13 years later but no one has aged a day.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* UrbanLegends which last long enough will often see their details updated to fit the times. For example, the legend about the woman with spiders in her bouffant hairstyle began during the 1950s, when the BeehiveHairdo was popular. Thus, early versions portray the victim as a young fashionable woman, perhaps a HighSchool student. As the years went by, later retellings changed her into an older woman with an outdated hairstyle. Once that stopped sounding credible, new variations were introduced, including one where the victim is a man with dreadlocks.