The creative industries of TV/literature/movies/music are running out of ideas and realising how they exist in a world of finite ideas - copy this,
copy that, reboot this. That's not saying there are no new ideas left. It's possible we're running out of ideas after exploring so many of them
in the forty or so thousand years years we've been artistic.
On the bright side, a great new producer/director can kick all the dust out from an old movie classic and make it all shiny new again for the next
generation. Does it happen often?? Nope! We can hope though
It's not that there are no ideas or good things that could be risked.
The problem is that it's all about the money. For some of these things we see, like Dukes of Hazard and the A Team, the studios owned the intellectual
property but under the terms of the agreement, the ownership would lapse if nothing was down, so they slapped out a crappy movie as time ran down. And
for other things, the cost of making movies is so great that they don't want to invest the risk in what they see as "unproven" property (in other
words, the new stuff). So instead, the take something that made a lot of money the first time around and "improve" it figuring they will make even
more money off its laurels.
My biggest complaint regarding remakes is when they take a rated R movie and dumb it down to PG-13. Also there are only 2 recent remakes that in my
opinion are as good, if not better, than the originals- Dredd and The Amityville Horror (with Ryan Reynolds).
edit on 30-5-2016 by Autorico
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Another thing that has been remarked on that may have an impact on the quality of movies:
The real classics, the best movies were made by people who grew up reading the great literature. Nowadays, a lot of our great fillmakers grow up
watching those filmmakers great movies. Is that an impact in the quality of product?
A couple of my movies have been mentioned: Jaws and Close Encounters, so I'll add Duel with Dennis Weaver, Earthquake with Charlton Heston, When
Worlds Collide, Without Warning and Needful Things. Pretty sure I'll be able come up with some more.
A Clockwork Orange in my opinion is one of the movies that should never be remade and I could list a ton more as well. Since you mentioned only 80's
and 90's movies that makes it a little harder cause of two that popped up in my head was Uncle Buck and Adventures of Babysitting. Which both have a
remake this year Adventures in Babysitting is coming out as a TV movie for Disney and Uncle Buck as a TV show on Fox I believe this fall.
Always see people talking about GhostBusters as being that movies that should not be remade but to be honest the original is a smidgen loosely off
based of a TV show Ghost Busters which started the guys from F-Troop. Figure someone will say its different and it falls more on like Filmation ghost
busters due to Tracy the Ape. Most people have this think about the series and movie have nothing in common and I understand it is different but at
least to me you have ghosts, guys looking to capture the ghosts and doing jobs to help people. That to me has always summed it up for me.
I can tell you one thing, movies like Animal House, Blazing Saddles and Monty Python & the Holy Grail are safe. With everything being so PC and
people so thin skinned these days no one would dare touch those without fear of upsetting at least one group or another. And that's a good thing!
Sadly, they don't make movies like that anymore.
Jaws and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Oh, wait... scratch out that second one, I forgot they did that and completely fumbled on the play. Oh, Lord of the Rings! They should enact a law
preventing a remake. Punishable by death if broken!
edit on 3/6/2016 by Gyo01 because: Can't believe I forgot LoTR.
3/6/2016 by Gyo01 because: (no reason given)
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