With remakes and reboots seemingly all the rage in Hollywood, it makes one wonder if innovative scripts are on the endangered list. As rumours and facts fly out of Hollywood, more and more, that new film you are hearing about is actually an old one. In fact, one of the newest film releases out this week, Arthur, is – you guessed it – a remake.
Now, remaking an old film can be a good thing, especially if the original movie was less than stellar, or the filmmakers find a fresh angle or update the premise. An example is the recent update of George Romero’s, The Crazies, and the Coen Brother’s redo of True Grit. And reboots can revitalize a stale franchise; it certainly worked with the Batman series of movies (although there is talk about rebooting the Batman reboot, which is simply ridiculous).
However, remakes of good movies are sometimes ill-advised. The aforementioned Arthur is shaping up to be less than a critical favourite, and there have been several other such movies littering the trail of “what were they thinking?” including the preposterous shot-for-shot remake of Psycho by Gus Van Sant, Tim Burton’s confusing, Planet of the Apes, and the awful, The Stepford Wives.
The question is, are remakes being used by Hollywood as a prop to fill up the movie theatres, sticking with the tried and true in an attempt to cash in on the box office? Or has such complacency descended on Tinseltown that they can’t be bothered to write new material?
A few of the many films scheduled for remakes or reboots include
- Fright Night
- Dark Shadows
- The Thing
- Escape From New York
- The Three Musketeers
- Judge Dredd
- Mad Max
- The Black Hole
So, why does Hollywood currently have a love-affair with remakes? You decide. For more impending movie remakes check out: Upcoming Movie Remakes