Reboots, Remakes, Re-Imaginings: Is There Anything Original Left for Hollywood?

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Reboots, remakes, and revivals. This is the way I’ve started many articles. Why? Because lately, it seems like everything that we cover is either due to a reboot, remake, or revival. Frankly, it seems like there aren’t any new or good ideas in Hollywood anymore and the industry must dig through their archives for content. It’s not as if the concept of remakes is new. Such hits like You’ve Got Mail was a remake/re-imagining of the 1940’s movie The Shop Around the Corner. I could pull out many examples, but none of which were done at the alarming rate that they are today.

Some Movies You Do Not Touch

Why is this subject being brought up now? Bob Iger from Disney announced that re-imaginings and remakes were on the horizon for movies such as Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen. In the case of movies from the 1950s or 60s, I understand. You want to revive the movie for viewers. For franchises such as King Kong or Godzilla, I understand even more. Continuing the world. Even Marvel and DC movies, building on it for a new era. This makes sense to me.

But, Home Alone? Did no one learn their lesson when the sequels afterward all fell flat on their faces? How will you capture what the first movie did? What new spin will be brought to this movie other than the advancement of children with technology? The first, Night at the Museum came out in 2006. Not only is it too early to remake this movie, but why are you messing with how good that movie was? You don’t need to make a new one for children now to enjoy, simply show them the one from 2006 with Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. For being a “magical” company, Disney needs to recognize that sometimes you can’t recreate that magical chemistry that occurred for a movie. You cannot remake Robin Williams.

This does not mean I count Aladdin. This was a live-action version of a animated movie, which I think is perfectly fine. Also, Will Smith did a good job.

Please Make It Stop 

This goes beyond Disney. All I had to do was search “remake” on our own website and this is what I got: Black Christmas Remake, Scrooged remake, The Wild Bunch Remake, Flash Gordon remake, Fantasy Island Remake, Charlie’s Angels remake, West Side story remake, Candyman remake, and the list goes on. I’m getting exhausted. You get the point, don’t you?

Every movie, practically; that is lined up seems to be a remake of some kind. A long-awaited sequel to some movie that’s thirty years old. Don’t get me wrong, Jurassic World 1 was fantastic. The second? Not so much. As much as I loved the first Jurassic World, the Jurassic Park franchise could have been left alone. As many other franchises could, but instead of trying to come up with something original, Hollywood insists on doing the bare minimum and simply go with a script that we’ve all seen and heard before.

What Remakes Really Mean For Hollywood

What is the need for a Cheaper by the Dozen remake? What about Diary of a Wimpy Kid? What this movement is signifying not only laziness, no originality, but also a bit of thievery. Let’s be fair, you’re still paying for Disney to remake these films. Films that will hardly be watched, be thrown into the discount bin, and who will bring in wildly overpaid actors to play and to get a paycheck. Don’t take your kid to go see a cheap remake of a classic, just buy the classic and give it to your kid. Demand that Hollywood stop recycling the same story and give us something new. This isn’t Broadway, we don’t want to see the same story constantly on the big screen.

What’s next, honestly? A remake of Casablanca? Gone with the Wind? Let me not say it, I might have jinxed it there. You do not remake classic, they’re classics for a reason. If you’re an actor, go to Broadway. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, as far as the film industry goes, it’s tiresome to see that there are so few ideas out there. It’s why we clamor for movies like Get Out or Us. They’re original and they always do well. This should be enough of a reason for Hollywood to come out with more original content. Especially Disney, who has been responsible for so many classic tales throughout our childhood.

What are your thoughts about all of the remakes, reboots, and re-imaging? And what do you think about Disney’s plans to remake Home Alone, Night at the Museum, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Cheaper by the Dozen?