REBOOTS, REMAKES AND SEQUELS: IS HOLLYWOOD RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS?

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Originality is a key aspect in the Film Industry. It keeps films fresh and new. Films like ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ or ‘Hell or High Water’ are brilliant examples of old and new original films. There are also many more as well. However, I have noticed recently that many major studios are investing in remaking classic film series or producing sequels to these film franchises. Could this be a damaging effect on the film industry or could it be the next best thing?

Firstly, before we begin I am certainly a fan of many film series which have been remade or have had sequels produced. I pretty much worship the new Star Wars film and I loved the new Magnificent Seven. However, could this new wave of films be damaging to originality.

FORCE AWAKENS
The sequel to the Star Wars franchise.

Movie remakes were actually more popular in 2005, where 17% of top grossing films were remakes. However, by 2014 this scale dropped to 5%. Whilst this percentage has dropped massively, there are still a great number of remakes being made. Disney has announced that they will be remaking 19 of their classic animations into live action films. Personally, I won’t be watching these films, as I feel that many Disney films are very iconic due to their pioneering animation. I prefer to watch the classic animations instead of a live action version. However, just because Disney is remaking these famous films, doesn’t mean that they won’t be incredibly successful and appeal to wide audiences.

JUNGLE BOOK
Disney has already produced successful remakes, like the new ‘Jungle Book.’

Is this new business model of production hindering original ideas though? Original ideas provide opportunity for many independent filmmakers to express their own ideas. Original ideas also pave the way for new filmmaking techniques and stories which can be explored for audiences to enjoy.

However, we cannot forget that the Hollywood industry is a big business. Major studios like Disney need to be making a major profit after all. Remakes may possibly guarantee a steady revenue as it may already have a loyal following from it’s audience. This can help massively in putting bums on seats at the cinema.

Maybe the problem isn’t in remakes or sequels actually being produced. Maybe it is how they are produced. Take a look at Star Wars The Force Awakens for example.

The Force Awakens was incredibly popular among a mainstream audience and it also received critical acclaim from critics as well. This was mainly due to the entertaining storyline, the thrilling action and the brilliant characters. It can be argued that it is very much like ‘A New Hope’ however, I feel that this does not affect the entertainment of this brilliant film. This sequel to a classic franchise proved very successful.

However, if you take a look at a film like ‘Terminator Genisys,’ which did not do as well with reviewers or audiences responses. This may have been due to the film relying on action too much and not reinforcing a strong and complex story line, which the first Terminator was based around, (and of course watching Arnie in action).

In conclusion, I feel that whilst it’s always good to produce original films which can help inspire creativity, sequels or remakes can be just as entertaining. However, perhaps original films deserve just as much attention as major remake or sequel films do.

SOURCE

Stephen Folllows. [2015], The scale of Hollywood remakes and reboots [Internet]. Available from https://stephenfollows.com/hollywood-remakes-and-reboots/ [Accessed 08 June 2016].

 

 

11 thoughts on “REBOOTS, REMAKES AND SEQUELS: IS HOLLYWOOD RUNNING OUT OF IDEAS?

    1. I agree, I feel that original ideas are very important but when remakes are made they should be careful in how it is executed and they need to make sure it is just as entertaing as the original film. 🙂

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      1. I heard about that, I guess it always comes back to the studios wanting to make as much profit as possible. I wish that they would at least take there time and make sure that they are producing films to the best of their abillity instead of rushing the process.

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  1. I think major film producers have been incapable of taking risks for a long time. They aren’t trying to push any envelopes but are backing what they think will be a safe option and remakes and reboots will get viewers even if not as many as hoped. Its sad that storeis aren’t chosen based on merit but are chosen based on a studios idea around what they can sell.

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    1. I completely agree Karandi. Its a shame that an original idea which is brilliant, may not be receiving as much attention or credit compared to a remake which is not as entertaining.

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      1. That isn’t to say that I disagree with remakes. I just think they need to balance the new material with old and we’ve sadly been lacking any kind of balance for over a decade.

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  2. I am in complete agreement with you here. I’m not watching these remakes either, because frankly, I don’t see how a perfect film, like one of the Disney ones, can be improved on. Plus, like you said, it’s very unoriginal and it gets boring! Obviously there are a limited number of story structures in the world, which is why we get so many similar plots, but there are innumerable different ways of telling these stories. I guess I think that if there are new books with new ideas coming out, there aren’t really any excuses to do a copy and paste job with an old movie. I definitely agree that it’s good to remake some films and that they can be entertaining- but I don’t see why remakes and sequels have to be exactly the same as the original. Personally, I felt like Force Awakens went back to basics and remade the original, so that they can later build on the series (if the plots mirror the rest of the series, I’ll be disappointed, but am ok with them making one film with the same basic structure).

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    1. Thanks, I completely agree with you about books being adapted into films. Books can present new ideas for films series. It would also be something new as well. However, if your remaking an old film, it almost feels like you’ve already seen it.

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