We Recycle in This Town: Hollywoodâ€™s Remake Craze
Friday, August 28, 2009 at 01:42 AM EDT
Weâ€™ve all heard it said, so many times now that itâ€™s practically a cliche in its own right: Hollywood is out of ideas.
It seems like nothing being made these days is original; itâ€™s just a steady stream of adaptations, homages, sequels (Iâ€™m looking at you, Tron) and remakes. And itâ€™s that last category that seems to be growing increasingly out of hand. The Powers That Get Things Made are interested in what sells, so in a painfully transparent attempt to capitalize on whatâ€™s already proven successful, they no longer simply turn back to the classics to devise a formula: they just remake them. It worked the first time, so why not the second time?
Well, because a movieâ€™s more than a storyline that sells tickets and the fact that an audience liked it the first time isnâ€™t a guarantee theyâ€™ll enjoy it on the second take. If anything, people seem less inclined to see these remakes than other movies. They already saw it done right once â€” why see it butchered by a new set of actors and updates? Take a look at a few of projects currently made or in the works:
This is just getting ludicrous. Iâ€™ve heard rumors about everything from the above to a remake of The Birds. Is nothing sacred? Back off of Hitchcock, Hollywood. He did it right the first time. But at least that movie is more than twenty years old. Nothing on the list above can say it hasnâ€™t been done in the past couple decades, and Iâ€™m pretty sure that if I can say the original was made in my lifetime, itâ€™s way too soon to see it remade.
What are your thoughts, readers? Is it too soon to see the Heathers on TV? Would there ever be a good time for that? Tell us how long the appropriate waiting period between original and remake is for you.