Why Everybody Should Love Remakes & Reboots

Published 6 months ago by , Updated February 20th, 2014 at 9:08 am,

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Over the last five years, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the amount of Hollywood remakes and reboots – much to the chagrin of fans (and online commenters). Nearly every week we get word of a new remake or reboot that’s in the early stages of production. Of course, not all of these projects actually make it to the big (or small) screen – NBC’s Murder She Wrote reboot (with Octavia Spencer) serves as a recently cancelled attempt to revisit a fan-favorite property. Still, many reboots and remakes do make it into production. In 2014 alone we’ll see a remake of Annie along with reboots of Godzilla and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just to name a few – with plenty of other contentious productions scheduled for future release in the coming years, including Akira and re-remake of Scarface.

Yet, despite the proliferation of remakes and reboots, nearly all of the aforementioned in-development projects were panned immediately at the time of their announcement by fans of their respective “originals.” Unsurprisingly, no one wants to see their favorites characters tarnished in a hollow Hollywood cash grab but not all remakes and reboots are soulless attempts to exploit an established brand. Plus, even when a remake fails, it can still have a positive effect on other aspects of the original film’s legacy – most notably reigniting interest in a fading franchise.

As a result, even if you’ve been burned by an uninspired attempt at reimagining one of your favorite films or TV shows, here are several reasons Why Everybody Should Love Remakes and Reboots.

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Ground Rules

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Before we get started, let’s set up a few key points and guidelines for the sake of intelligent discussion.

If you think all remakes and reboots are unnecessary, have no interest in a discussion of why they can be good (even when the movie itself is bad), and just want to see Hollywood make “original” films, skip ahead to our fifth and final point in this article.

The terms “remake” and “reboot” are often used as synonyms and presenting a concrete definition for either can result in endless semantic debate. For our purposes, we’ll be using the term “remake” to identify a standalone film that follows most (not all) of the original’s plot beats (example: Evil Dead) and we’ll use the term “reboot” to identify a film that attempts significant change for the purpose of kicking-off a new film franchise (example: Star Trek).

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Remakes/Reboots (No Matter the Quality) Re-invigorate Properties & Characters

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In our skepticism, we’ve set up a no-win situation for filmmakers: in order for a reboot to be accepted by fans it must a) not make significant (or even sometimes subtle) changes to the original and b) deliver an overall better movie in the process. But what if a filmmaker can offer a different take on that same premise?

Recently, José Padilha’s reboot of the RoboCop franchise drew especially intense criticism from longtime fans who deemed the film “unnecessary” and a “disgrace” to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 feature. However, reviews and audience impressions from viewers who actually saw the film weren’t as clear cut. Reactions were decidedly mixed, but for a movie that was decried as a shameless cash grab from day one, plenty of moviegoers and critics alike actually praised Padilha’s modern take on the RoboCop premise – which traded the original’s R-Rated violence for an existential character story.

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Padilha’s remake has flaws but, whether you loved it, hated it, or were mostly indifferent, it got people talking about RoboCop again – a brand that, after the original film, resulted in an underwhelming RoboCop 2, universally panned RoboCop 3, as well as two lackluster TV shows (RoboCop: The Series and RoboCop: Prime Directives). RoboCop may have been a fan-favorite staple of 1980s moviegoers (young and old) but, 25 years later, was anyone outside of die hard fans watching the original film? The answer: not many. For years, RoboCop hadn’t even been remastered for an HD release. It appeared as a standalone Blu-ray and as part of a trilogy box set but neither retail offering actually included remastered image and sound – that is until the remake finally encouraged MGM to produce a fresh Blu-ray to coincide with Padilha’s film. 

Even in the worst case scenario, when a reboot or remake is a legitimate disgrace, it can encourage certain moviegoers to take a second (or first) look at the original and raise overall awareness. These days, keeping a film or TV show in the public consciousness is especially important – ensuring that publishers, streaming services, and retailers don’t drop the title from their available offerings.

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Remake & Reboot Criticism Undeservedly “Sanctify” Old Films & TV Shows

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Each of us has fond memories of specific films but with two or three major movie releases hitting theaters every week, more and more entertainment offerings are available to the next generation of consumers. As a result, certain cult favorite films could begin to fade into obscurity – especially since not all of them are as “perfect” as we might remember. Is Verhoeven’s RoboCop an entertaining film with more layers than most viewers expected from a story about a cyborg cop? Absolutely. Is it an untouchable classic that will hold-up for generations to come? A film that will be just as impactful to die-hard movie fans tomorrow as it was to those in 1987? Not likely.

A lot of moviegoers dismiss remakes and reboots as shallow cash-grabs that sacrifice the spirit of original properties for the sake of updated CGI effects. Yet, the biggest longterm drawback in many fan-favorite films isn’t the visuals, it’s the context. It shouldn’t be a surprise that writers and directors responsible for a cult-classic like RoboCop took a premise with enduring appeal and wrapped it in thematic material that was relevant at the time of production.

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Yet, times change – making certain aspects of many beloved films less impactful as our cultural focus shifts. Meaning, RoboCop (1987) is unlikely to be as impactful to a modern film buff as it was to fans back in the 1980s – while the RoboCop premise is still ripe for modern social commentary.

No doubt, classic films should be appreciated for their ability to educate us about the culture in which they were created, but it is over-reaching to assume that even the most dedicated film fans will be as impacted by the experience twenty-five years later as we were at the time of release. That’s not to take anything away from RoboCop, or any of the other beloved originals that have spurred a modern remake. They’re enjoyable films from talented filmmakers – but that doesn’t mean that they’re universally celebrated or that we should deny a fresh perspective (with updated commentary on current social issues) – one that could grant fan-favorite characters a second life (and offer the same impact on future moviegoers).

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Remakes & Reboots Make “Old” Exciting for “New” Viewers

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Reimagining characters isn’t even a new thing – for centuries artists have been revitalizing other people’s creations - through oral traditions, written works, and radio. Film just happens to be the most recent (and most public) medium to regularly revisit popular characters. The last five years have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of reboots and remakes but, relative to the near 100-year history of American studio filmmaking, that doesn’t mean that reinterpretations are ever going away.

Why is RoboCop or the Necronomicon any more precious than Robin Hood or Sherlock Holmes? Simply because the former were enjoyed by our generation first and the latter don’t technically belong to anyone that’s still alive? Viewers who enjoyed Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves or BBC’s Sherlock (not to mention CBS’ Elementary), among countless others, can’t really argue that re-introducing a beloved property to a new group of potential fans outright dishonors the original creation.

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If a character is truly as important as fans often suggest – an “icon” with timeless depth and story potential – then that brand should have no problem weathering an underwhelming re-imagining. As suggested, it’s also worth noting that, even in the case of a failed remake, Hollywood isn’t likely to simply abandon a bankable property and will probably dust it back off somewhere down the line – for re-reboot.

It might not be easy to watch our favorite movies and TV shows get recycled through the studio system over and over again, but by accepting that future remakes and reboots are inevitable, fans don’t have to be quite as discouraged when any one particular iteration is a complete misfire. Especially since we’ve also seen plenty of remakes that actually work – when a talented director takes the original premise and delivers a film that all fans (both new and old) can appreciate.

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Don’t Forget: There Are Plenty of Great Remakes & Reboots

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Hollywood has churned out countless uninspired, cash grab, remakes but there are also a lot of really good ones too – films that both reinvigorated their brand and delivered a solid new chapter in a fan-favorite franchise. Fans might think that the first question a studio should ask before remaking a film or TV property is: “Should this property be remade or rebooted?” Yet, anyone familiar with the entertainment industry knows that question is never going to be a priority – as long as there is potential money to be made.

Instead, the question that really matters is: “What is an inspired approach to remaking this property?” Inventiveness is a key element that, from the very beginning, helps to separate good remakes from bad ones – as writers and filmmakers attempt to both honor what came before while also updating a beloved franchise for a new chapter.  In the last ten years alone we’ve seen successful remakes or reboots in a variety of genres. After Joel Schumacher turned Tim Burton’s gothic-style Batman film franchise into a cartoony mess, Christopher Nolan reintroduced a grounded take on the character (and his villains) in Batman Begins – paving the way for record-breaking box office numbers and critical acclaim. Despite a loving fan community, the Star Trek franchise had struggled for years to regain traction among TV viewers. Instead, Paramount hired J.J. Abrams for a film relaunch – resulting in a brainy reboot that reminded casual filmgoers why Star Trek is cool (without upsetting too many die-hard fans).

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Still, successful remakes aren’t limited to the last decade – and thanks to creative filmmaking, certain moviegoers might even be surprised to find out that some of their favorite “classic” films are actually remakes too.

Check out the list below (just to highlight a few):

  • John Carpenter’s 1982 horror film, The Thing - a remake of Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks’ 1951 The Thing from Another World (based on John W. Campbell’s novel Who Goes There?)
  • Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven in 2001 – a remake of Lewis Milestone’s Ocean’s Eleven from 1960.
  • David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) – a remake of Kurt Neumann’s The Fly (1958).
  • Martin Scorsese’s 1991 thriller, Cape Fear – a remake of J. Lee Thompson’s Cape Fear from 1962 (based on John D. MacDonald’s book The Executioners)
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey from Duwayne Dunham – a remake of Fletcher Markle’s The Incredible Journey from 1963 (based on the novel by Sheila Burnford).
  • Brian De Palma’s Scarface (1983) – a remake of Howard Hawks’ Scarface from 1932.

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The internet has given us unprecedented access to film productions, allowing us to scrutinizing every minor detail of an upcoming remake, months before it hits theaters. For that reason, it’s become convenient to forget that some of our favorite remakes also took major risks and broke significantly from celebrated originals – drastically changing key characters and story details in an effort to update the premise for modern audiences. Who are we to determine whether a remake is “necessary” or not? Since remakes and reboots aren’t going anywhere, do we really want filmmakers trying to make a “better” version of the same film? Why not celebrate directors and writers for taking risks, trying something different, even if it means they fall short from time to time?

Unless of course, we just want Hollywood to stop bothering with rehashing old stories – and give us something new.

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Forget Remakes and Reboots: What Happened to Originality?

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Surprise! Studios are already churning out hundreds of entirely original movies every single year – most moviegoers just don’t bother to seek them out. In fact, annually, after the Academy Award nominees are announced, studios re-release several of the most-celebrated of these original films back into theaters, so that moviegoers who passed on them during their original run have a second chance? Yet, most moviegoers still don’t bother to see them – and that’s only a tiny slice of the numerous, high quality, and original films that are released each and every year.

After two months in theaters, Spike Jonze’ buzz-worthy awards contender Her, arguably one of the most original and ambitious screenplays in years, has made (worldwide) $5 million less than RoboCop did (domestic) in its first week. To be clear, as of the time of this writing, Her took in $23 million globally over 9 weeks, while RoboCop has made $30 million alone in the United States over 5 days (that number jumps to a $100 million total if you include global ticket sales). Obviously, these numbers aren’t entirely cut and dry: Her cost significantly less to make (meaning it will easily turn a profit) but was advertised less and available in less theaters (due to limited demand) – while RoboCop still has work to do before it recoups both production and marketing costs.

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No doubt, knowledgable movie lovers support indie, foreign, and experimental films but it’s hard to blame Hollywood for its interest in revitalizing existing brands – since the studios and producers that green light remakes are also financing a lot of these original films too (original films that only a very small portion of potential moviegoers are actually seeing). In fact, if it wasn’t for a handful of blockbuster studio remakes and reboots, those studios and producers might not even have the money to take risks on original films. Without a doubt, failed remakes also lose studios money from time to time but, if it wasn’t for the risks taken in Batman Begins, which led to over $2.5 billion at the global box office over three films, a Warner Bros. distributed movie like Her might not have been made, or at the very least, given nearly as much exposure.

It might be a hard pill to swallow but even moviegoers that hate seeing their favorite franchises regurgitated through Hollywood still have reason (at least as a necessary evil) to support the idea of remakes and reboots.

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Conclusion

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Understandably, we all have soft spots for our favorite movies, TV shows, and entertainment franchises – and there’s plenty of cause to be skeptical when a new remake or reboot is first announced. Yet, for every Rollerball (2002) – that’s both a box office and critical failure, theres a Dredd (2012) – a creative revitalization, or a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) – a forgivable box office smash that adds money to a studio’s indie project coffer.

Not all (if many) remakes or reboots will ever be able to replace the fond memories and experiences that we’ve had with their respective originals; yet, that doesn’t mean that, with the right direction, every remake or reboot has to be viewed as corrupting the legacy of a beloved franchise. Even the lousy ones are an opportunity for fans to draw attention to their preferred iteration – a reminder to support the film or TV show by encouraging others to check it out or purchasing an updated retail copy.

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When all else fails: Remember, the time between reboots and remakes has become shorter than ever (with only five years between the release of Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man). Not to mention, more than a handful of film properties have already seen re-remakes – so, even if Hollywood completely ruined one of your sanctified childhood favorites, maybe they’ll get it right next time… in a few years.

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  1. Remakes/Reboots should be different as possible from the original films imo. I agree bad movies from the past should be remade. Some franchises should remain untouched as they are cult classics such as Jaws, Back To The Future trilogy,etc.

  2. The problem with remakes isn’t that they’re being made, it’s that they’re often handed off to new directors who don’t have enough experience to make a really new film, or are given such large budgets that studio interference is almost inevitable. I think that a good remake is a good movie, but it seems very few remakes are being made by people with enough craft and thought to make them a good movie, regardless of where they got the ideas that go into the script.

    • well said

  3. Remakes and Reboots draw a fine line that is easliy blurred, The positives are that we get to revist and be reminded of the great stories and characters that made us laugh,cry, feel intense and churn our imaginations. Its always great when something from your child hood gets the R and R treatment today with the technology to really make it shine. What was a great movie then would be amazing with the speicial effects of now. What was once only a comic book or cartoon would make an amzing movie but only if…IF!!!! its treated with dignity, respect and creativity. The problem is there have become too many “cash cow” grabs made into hollow, forgetable and what would be laughable if it wasnt so near and dear to peoples hearts. Alot of the studio suits who are behind these abominations do not care about your feelings or even making something that will last the test of time. They only care that you are interested enough to spend money on it, and even if its bad it only takes 30 million people to see it once to get what then want. $$$$. Unfortunatly Comic book movie have been prime target of this kind of film making, what could and should be treated on a LOTR or Star Wars scale is deligated to “its a comic book” or its a “cartoon” thing. These last few years and ahead will be looked back on as the Reboot years and obvious cashing in. How many Comic movies will stand the test of time? So far I count Nolans Batman, Whendons Avengers and maybe Raimis spiderman. Thats really it.

    Reboots make sense when a film hasnt been made for 20 – 30 years in the vain of Robocop. Its one movie that you can expand upon and throw your own ideas into when remade, but VS making mulitple comic reboots only 5 yeas apart ( i dont care about property deals spiderman) that have a much broader and rich history and then never really delivering the goods only to then be rebooted again really makes the whole thing redundant.

    Remakes in the vain of Akira are more of a new adapation, because it went from Manga to Anime a live action release is a great idea and has not been done before. A Scareface remake is less of an interest because i look at that as more of a classic film that does hold the test of time. A masterpiece. Im sure there are people interested in a remake but if it does not attain a higher level then what was the point? I feel like a brain washed conumer rather than an intelligent human being who can really get into a great story. It gets down right offending.

    Finally in the case of Terminator why reboot it?? It has a rich history, it hasnt been messed up, the last one (prequel) was a great ride, so why reboot??? Reebooting makes everything before it seem like a waste where a clever sequel or prequel makes the past films matter even more. Now you instead killing 30 yeas of momentum. How would you feel if Star Wars was rebooted? Wouldnt that be the biggest waste of history? These films have built a world and have stood on those legs for 3 decades, the comic movies have the same potentiel if only the people making them believed in that potentiel but when your making crap you know it and whats to get excited about? When it comes down to it, its up to us as an intellegent audience to acknowlege those that have a true vision and passion and stand behind greatness and to those who just want to sell you garbage? i think we all know what to do with trash…Throw it back in theyre face and voice your dis satisfaction.

  4. I feel that movie remakes/reboots should be approached as you would a comic book: with the intent and purpose of bringing something new and original to the core idea. While I’m not a fan of Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, it has a very distinct style that alone differentiates itself from the John Carpenter series with a different interpretation of the Michael Myers character. That’s the fault I think many of these movies have, is that there is a misguided focus on what made the original movie successful. The Thing is a remake of an 1951 film that benefited from a huge change in visual effects and a different array of characters. The remake of the remake of The Thing only remembered that the movie was famous for its effects and substituted the subtly and characterization with CGI.

    If a movie is at least trying a different approach with the source material, I’ll give it credit regardless of how good or bad it is.

  5. You know what needs to be remade? Unmade, too if possible? The X-Men franchise.
    They piss on your head and tell you it’s raining.
    BOYCOTT X-MEN FILMS
    Imagine a Netflix Original Series like they’re doing for Daredevil and other properties, one that occasionally does a movie event for the bigger story arcs like House of M, Utopia or, dare I say, Avengers vs. X-Men.
    By the time something like that happens, they’d have to recast, possibly reboot the entire Avengers roster anyway so should we all ban together and make DOFP fail at the box-office (unlikely, but we can do it true believers!), it could all probably be timed perfectly.
    Marvel stories are like the Phoenix anyway… constantly reborn!

    • I like where your head is at Joe. I’ve hated every X-men movie produced so far but they just keep making more. I’ve actually made it a point of pride that I haven’t seen a Fox produced Marvel property in theaters since the first F4. They’re all crap in one way or another

      • Your interpretation of films you have not even seen holds zero credibility.

        • Yeah but at least the dude has the keen sense and good taste to avoid them.
          I mean, what self respecting studio employs the likes of bret ratner and tim story?

  6. Nobody in modern day Hollywood have original ideas anymore. It’s all about Sequels, Remakes, Prequels,Reboots & Adaptations.

    Case in point : Gravity was THE ONLY original film that made it into the top 10 Highest Grossing Films of 2013. The rest 9 movies are sequels & adaptations.

    I guess that’s why more and more people are into indie movies and documentaries. Coz it’s fresh and original.

  7. Those who denounce reboots/remakes deserve to have the things they like remade/rebooted to the point there are so many that they choke and die a sloooooow suffocating asphyxiating death so they cant complain anymore, only because they couldnt realize they dont own any of these films yet feel so entitled to them and couldnt give them a chance to appeal to someone not them and the original probably wasnt that great.

    Unrelated, I loved Man of Steel and Robocop was a fine film.

  8. It is semantics at this point, since as the article stated remakes have always been a part of the movie business while reboots is a new gimmick dreamed up to cover for other motives. The list of “classic” films cited in the article were remade decades after the original, things like Spider-Man are not even made before the body of the last series is cold. So there is a reason for the apathy.

  9. I’ve always been skeptical of remakes but have welcomed most of them with open arms hoping they’d be good but I always seem to get disappointed. I have no issue with remakes, I just prefer that if you decide to remake a movie, make it better than the original. I don’t mean to stray away from the source material, but as technology evolves, iconic scenes can be re-imagined and taken to another level. Like the remake of Carrie. I wasn’t a big fan of Chloe Grace-Moretz because she was just too young, but my main concern was how they could have re-imagined the climactic murder scenes. So much could have been done in a more “epic-like” fashion but it was just the same exact situations with just more CGI, slow motion and effects. Hollywood thinks that changing important aspects about a popular franchise is the way to get people to come, but they are wrong. You just have to take everything to another level.

  10. Great article! although I hate too be the one too do it but… Oldboy (2013) is also a reason why studios should be more careful with choosing people too remake beloved movies.

  11. That awesomely silver Robocop pic is far better than the whole Robocop reboot it was taken from.

    How Unfortunate.

  12. While the article does raise a number of points there are several parts I must disagree with. If Hollywood wants to re-introduce a classic film or film franchise to a new audience than simply re-release them. The original “Robocop” is an amazing film to begin with and therefore relevance shouldn’t matter. The relevance of a remake to its time should come naturally and should serve the story and not just for the sake of making it relevant (Ex. Characters must be seen using cell phones). If a new generation can’t see what an amazing film the original “Robocop” is than that’s their problem. I am also tired of all this praise for the Abrams “Star Trek” films. Abrams doesn’t know a thing about “Star Trek” or what it is, and not to mention has ignored years of established cannon. Remakes don’t need to remind us how great something is if it is already held in that regard. While a remake may do that in the process, I would argue it does mostly the opposite: it shows us everything wrong with the remake, such as how great the original “Star Trek” franchise was and how Abrams tainted it. If Hollywood would put out more quality and original films people would see them. Arguably most average movie goers see what’s out there simply because it’s there. If Hollywood would put out less remakes and more quality and original films people would them and therefore restore such demand.

    • This is precisely the point the article was making. A false perception that the originals are somehow sacrosanct. You’re right that people going to see “whatever” is arguable. People go to see what excites and interests them. Most people are not like the comment sections of most movie websites.

  13. We all know that capitalism plays a big role in our modern society and the movie industry adopts the system. It seems like the ‘big people’ in the industry, except a few, are concentrating in making big bank only and not focusing on making quality films. Remakes, reboot, or whatever you want to call them, are not a problem but it is evident that those type of movies are what Hollywood is focusing on making now. In the last five years (or more), the big blockbuster and bankable movies have been either reboots, remakes or adaptions. And although original movies released in the last few years have been nothing short of amazing (Quentin Tarantino owns original films), we have been getting more and more of these movies. I have no problem with adaptions as they were previously books or graphic novels since they aren’t hugely visual. But remakes are a different story altogether. It’s not hard to develop a remake or reboot or an adaption even, but it is way harder to develop original films and that’s one of the reasons why I’m such an avid fan of Indie movies. I am not against any remake because why do I worry about it since I can’t do anything on the matter. But since I am an aspiring screenwriter, I never want to touch a project given to me if it’s a remake/reboot even if it means riches and recognition and fame. I don’t want to be a screenwriter to be famous or be rich, I want to do it because it’s what I love. Movies and TV is my passion. And my last point, some movies are on their way to having three editions of itself and that is just scary and frustrating since I am a person who is proud of my creativity and originality.

  14. “Star Trek” was not a reboot. It has ties (too many, frankly) to the original universe, so cannot be considered a reboot.

    • So call it an odd kind of sequel. Or something.

  15. Well 1st the poll question should include the option of REBOOTS ARE SOMETIMES OK BUT HOLLYWOOD SHOULD TRY MORE ORIGINALITY.

    Yes there’s a ton of fan favorite films that are reboots & people don’t even know it.

    YES reboots brings the namesake back into circulation.

    HOWEVER

    Reboots have become extremely LAZY!
    Just because it’s a reboot of a fan favorite DOES NOT make the reboot good (Man Of Steel, RoboCop, Dredd)

    HOLLYWOOD has become as lazy as television reality shows.
    You lack originality, you lack creativity, you lack inspiration.

    Reboots do nothing to further a storyline that fans wanna see continue.
    70% of the reboots today are the equivalence of some friend verbally telling a story.
    Vague & uninteresting.

    While NOT all hollywood reboots are total crap hollywood DOES need to slow down on rebooting everything.

    Just because you have better technology, doesn’t mean it should be rebooted.

  16. Also the article title: Why Everybody Should Love Remakes & Reboots
    Is Kinda forcing Reboots down a person’s throat.
    It’s like it’s saying YOU SHOULD LIKE REBOOTS OTHERWISE THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.

  17. Ben you couldn’t have said it any better. Two thumbs up!!!

    I’m quoting John Campea here, but he stated “anything can be remade.” He also said that if you don’t care for the reboot/remake, than that’s fine. We still have the original i.e. – Robocop.

    My take…I’m more understanding of remakes and reboots than I have ever been. Mainly because if it weren’t for movies like Batman Begins, Scarface, or even Dredd, we wouldn’t have had different interpretations of a story. Let’s look at the character of Batman. Batman has been on around forever (pardon the pun) and he will be remade a dozen more times. And that’s great. Burton’s Batman ’89 is still one of my favorites and Jack Nicholsen’s portrayal of the Joker was incredible. Having said that, when The Dark Knight Trilogy came around, we saw a different interpretation of the story and a different kind of Joker that could be one of the top 5 villians of all time. RIP Heath Ledger.

    Does everyone honestly think that we won’t get a remake of The Avengers, Star Wars, Indiana Jones or Terminator (too late)? It is inevitable, but at the end of the day, us as the fans can choose whether we want to give it a chance or just blast it before from all the set photos that are posted on the internet before we have had a chance to view the movie. Nerds will be nerds. In the end, I chose to be open minded. If the next Batman won’t be as good, that’s fine. I have my Batman ’89 and I have my Dark Knight Trilogy that I can rewatch over and over. But the fact remains, remakes and reboots can be a blessing in disguise.

    • A broad stroke belief that all remakes/reboots are good or bad is quite the ignorant mind-set. Examples to support either side of the argument are valid and credible, BUT, if it works more than just a couple of times, it’s going to be done to EVERYTHING.
      But for every handful of bad remakes, there are those that could compete with the original. I have not yet seen Robocop, but will definitely give it a shot, mainly because of my skepticism being in vain for remakes such as Halloween(2007) and Dredd(2012) just to name a couple. I was not happy with the remake of Carrie(2013), however I knew the risk going in and was ok with the fact it didn’t pan out (in my opinion).

  18. @thebanteringbohs  

    I agree remakes are inevitable & it is the audience who decides on giving it a chance or not, but how much does that matter when you’ve already paid the ticket price to see it just out of curiosity.
    In the end it’s about how much money they can get from enough people.

    The box office success grossing more than blah blah blah million worldwide tells how much money it pulled to see it, not if those people liked it.
    That hollywood hears after people has paid & seen it.
    Whaddya think there’s o’well sorry you didn’t like it, here’s your money back. NO, it’s we’ll try again later & get another cost of a ticket from you.

    There’s a difference between open minded & gullibility.
    I’m not going to see every remake just to prove how open minded i am. That’s where appeal comes in.
    If the photos, trailers, concept ideas look & sound like crap then i’m not interested.
    And i’m not supporting those ideas, or give hollywood the idea that rebooting everything is okay.

  19. And besides i’m sick of rebooted origins.
    How many times is hollywood going to tell how Batman. Superman, Hulk, RoboCop, etc etc etc etc etc etc & then some, became who or what they are.

    Instead of giving something a proper sequel, prequel, we get the same origins retold by a different drunken idjit.
    12shades of Batman’s origins & any character development is squished in the next reboot.
    Which would not be so bad if the reboots happens at least 15yrs from now. Give it a chance to build sequels & character development.
    Know how many comic characters we’ll never see because we get another origin reboot. People do better sticking to comics.

    Loved to have seen Carnage by now, or Darkseid, PowerGirl, ClayFace etc.
    No, everything resets & storylines never gets that far.
    We get to see the sinister six but how long before the amazing spiderman is rebooted to another origin.

    Well i refuse to walk blindly into the hollywood cash grabs & support such an incredible lack of fresh ideas.

  20. Hollywood synergy is a sickness in itself, so much so that it takes the excuse of a reboot to get a studio off its rear to release the original movie on home video. Yeah, thanks for that favor. Does “Song of the South” need to be rebooted as well?

    Also, “Start Trek” was a brainy film? It was as sensical as “Star Trek V”.

  21. This has probably been said to death, but the first Star Trek reboot was in no way a “brainy” reboot. There are too many instances of writing with absolutely no thought to enumerate. Wait a minute. They actually were enumerated. You can find a complete analysis at http://structureddream.blogspot.ca/2009/06/my-take-on-star-trek-2009-001.html

    • It has been said to death. And no matter how many times someone says it, it still comes off as old guys annoyed that young people changed their old stuff. They are consistently shortsighted and one-sided, trying desperately to convince us why we really didn’t enjoy the movie, even though we did. Or to suggest just how stupid we are for thinking otherwise. And before anyone suggests it, I’ve been a fan of Star Trek for over 30 years and continue to be.

      • Just like not noticing how illogical red matter was used in the film, you more than likely didn’t notice that I dragged “Star Trek V”‘s name down the same mud as “Start Trek”. This has nothing to do with generations (which was also a naff film). Please stop trying to play “manifest destiny” on films that are released in your generation and see cinema as a whole. Perspective: it does an opinion good.

        • Were you replying to someone else? That made no sense in context. Also, red matter was not used illogically.

  22. What this does is create a gigantic WHY DO I CARE ABOUT THEM ANYMORE!?

    Why should the audience care when the storyline just gets rebooted anyway.
    Why bother seeing the rebooted version when the audience has already heard the basics once.

    Rebooting so frequently are a dime a dozen, no reason to care see any because they’ll be a reboot of the reboot soon.

    • By that logic, no one would be interested in Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, or, really TV shows in general. If knowing the basics had anything to do with making a story uninteresting, we would never watch a serial ever again.

  23. It’s disappointing to see that so many people here are seeing all these remakes. By seeing them you are only supporting Hollywood’s continued lack of originality. Despite the fact that there are occasionally good remakes, only by ceasing to see these films all together can we send Hollywood the message that we demand quality and original films.

    On another note, I have said it before, but I am tired of all this praise for Abrams and his ‘Trek’ films (I don’t even acknowledge them as “Star Trek”). Abrams is nothing more than a dishonorable Ferengi P’Tak (Trekkies will get the reference). Abrams knows nothing about what “Star Trek” is and has tainted the franchise, not to mention doing away with more than 80 years worth of cannon. I don’t even need to see them to know they are terrible. I’ve done my research. Unlike the original franchise, they are not grounded in real science and ignore the consistencies of the Trek universe (the parallel universe is no excuse). Not to mention that the filmmakers messed up in terms of the art direction (ship, aliens, etc.) Abrams also fails to acknowledge that ‘Trek’ is more than just action and adventure, but examining the human condition. There is only one “Star Trek” timeline and it is the one created by Gene Roddenberry.

    And I for one cannot understand all this hate with regards to “Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier.” It captured the spirit, adventure, and mysticism of the original series and in terms of theme and message it addresses what makes our inner pain part of who we are.

    I implore everyone to stop seeing all these remakes and instead see something original. Support quality, original, and independent films!!!

  24. I’m 90% with you, Max, I thought the Piranha remake was better than the original and I liked Dredd. However, many of the remakes is all that’s out there now. It’s unfortunate that Hollywood has lost it’s originality.

    The younger generation do have a clue have robbed they are of good cinema. Many of them have probably never seen the original Carrie or Robocop or Star Trek. If they did, they would most likely agree that most movies out there are complete crap.

    There are many writers out there with new ideas, but aren’t being given a fair shot, because unlike having a daddy or mommy in the field, they are completely unknown. Therefore, I will give you hope. I believe the remake/reboot idea will die out eventually. Especially with censorship watering down the sex and violence we have grown up with.

    In time, the public will get fed up and want more for their money.

  25. The original RoboCop and total recall were better than the stupid remakes. Both dredd movies weren’t that bad. If they reboot terminator they got to make it as good as the first two. Three and four were terrible. They should make die hard 6 as good as the first four. Because the fifth one was terrible. Rambo 5 should be made as well as Lethal Weapon 5. Lethal weapon 5 should not be rebooted. It should bring Mel and danny and the rest of the cast and crew responsible for the first four.

  26. Japanese films about Godzilla always had one origin and the rest evolved. US films are the only that reboot
    because there is a focus on things being “brand new” but new doesn’t guarantee better. Old is meant to
    teach the young and not be disposed of.. exactly why James Bond never had to be re-done or revised.
    Only in the US do we dispose of our past.

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