In 2005, Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne starred in a remake of John Carpenter's siege film, Assault on Precinct 13, and while it did fine with critics, it couldn't compare to the 1976 thriller. Of course, Carpenter's original wasn't exactly original. The filmmaker has admitted on multiple occasions that Precinct 13 was basically his version of Howard Hawks' Rio Bravo.
This 1959 Western finds John Wayne as a small-town sheriff guarding his jail against an army of Stetson-wearing assassins, so the parallels to Precinct 13 should be pretty obvious, as Carpenter's film focuses on a cop defending a police station against waves and waves of oncoming gang members. Both films end with a literal bang, and when it came time to credit himself as editor, Carpenter used the name "John T. Chance" as a nod to Wayne's character.
However, once you get past the basic plot details, these are radically different films. One takes places in 19th-century Texas, while the other is set in 1970s L.A. In Rio Bravo, the outlaws want to break into the jail to free a murderous inmate, while in Precinct 13, the gang members want to kill a man seeking shelter inside the station. In Hawks' film, Wayne's sidekicks are all lawmen and good guys, while in Carpenter's movie, our police lieutenant hero is forced to work with a charming convicted killer.
Most interestingly, Rio Bravo is laid-back, easygoing, and a lot of fun. Assault on Precinct 13, on the other hand, is dark, gritty, and never slows down for a second. While the heroes in the John Wayne Western have time for witty banter, romantic squabbles, and cowboy sing-a-longs, the cops and crooks in Carpenter's film are constantly loading their weapons, fending off attacks, and fighting for their lives.