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Upcoming Hollywood remakes !

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Jimmy 440, Jan 31, 2009.

  1. Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007

    Why can't Hollywood come up with something original ?
    Why do they have to remake Back to School,The Karate Kid and Hellraiser to name a few ? I also heard Jaws was coming too but they didn't mention it here.

    Have the writers lost their creative thinking ? :confused:
  2. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    It isn't the writers; it's the studios. Hollywood studios aren't filmmakers; they're investment and marketing firms. They expect to make a profit off of every movie, so they tend to greenlight only very familiar scripts. And, to an extent, it works; people actually spend money to see these remakes.

    But all of the fresh ideas come from independent filmmakers, who manage to cobble together a movie on a tiny budget and, only once it's complete and getting good reactions at film festivals (and has a low, fixed cost), does it have a chance of major-studio distribution.

    Think Clerks (Kevin Smith), Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino), El Mariachi (Robert Rodriguez), or even Juno (Diablo Cody).

    The problem is that when these independents do well, they tend to get gobbled up by Hollywood, and before long, they fall into the same Hollywood "safe" formulas.
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    xIsamuTM Icon

    Jul 8, 2008
    And yet Spirited Away did so good that it was re-released in theatres after it won best animated feature. the only time that has happened with a Buena Vista release and it was anime.
    The lack of original plot and risk taking is really why I've stopped watching movies. In the past decade I've only been pleasently surprised a small handfull of times. Finding Nemo, Shrek (only the first one) Wal-E, The Matrix (again, first one only.)
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    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Do the studios even care about quality scripts anymore? Shame, shame, shame.
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    Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
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    Grentz New Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    Wow, a list of 10 movies I have no interest in seeing again or a remake of :p
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    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    Of the ten listed, nine are remakes ("re imaging"?) one is going to be a sequel.
    I'm still waiting for the idiot that green lights My Mother the Car starring Drew Carey

    Word has it Madonna wants to do a remake of Casablanca and have it set in Baghdad.
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    paulman182 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 4, 2006
    The movies you named were big studio releases, and for the most part the big studio releases never have been known for original plots or risk taking.

    Most of those movies scheduled to be remade were rated only so-so by critics when they were released, although they were financially successful.

    I enjoy all kinds of movies--big, small, good, bad, old, new--but the most thought-provoking ones are usually found on IFC or the Sundance Channel.
  9. Draconis

    Draconis New Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Las Vegas, NV
    I was perfectly content with the original "Short Circuit" and "Evil Dead" (at least they are bringing Campbell back for the "Evil Dead" remake).

    In a related note, "Escape to Witch Mountain" HAS been redone as "Race to Witch Mountain" and will be releasing next month.

    They are even making a "Land of the Lost" movie.
  10. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area

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