I just read that the film 48 Hours is getting a remake. Looking along reams of articles and announcements from film and TV studios there they are again, another remake, and a reboot of another popular film from not that long ago. How would it be if bands from the 80s that are still around, say, U2 decided that, instead of writing new songs, they would start to re-record their earlier hits. Would they expect people to buy them again? It seems to me that this is what the film and TV industries are doing, and they are getting away with it.
It’s lazy and stands in the way of new stories being told.
Some of the best (and admittedly the worst) films of the past have been screen adaptations of popular novels. Look at the shelves in your local bookshop (if you still have one…) or on the Kindle store and there are always great new books being written. Stephen King hasn’t yet announced that he’s doing a reboot of Carrie – re-writing it again for today’s audience. It seems that TV and film are the only industries that think they can, and do, get away with such nonsense. Why are they opting for the reboot and remake options rather than scouring the shelves of bookstores and finding great new stories to bring to the big screen?
I reckon it’s three reasons.
- We go and see the reboots and remakes in our droves. Look, if we want the studios to make more effort why are so many people lapping up these lazy and sub-par retellings? I don’t get it. Another Chainsaw Massacre reboot? How did they ever think they could get away with releasing a remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street??!! And now 48 Hours??!! FFS.
- The world is full of superheroes. When the first Iron Man came out signalling this new epic film phenomenon I was happy, really happy. Some years on and I confess, even this geek is getting superhero fatigue. When Daredevil appeared on Netflix I was again so happy. Now there are so many spinoffs on the various streaming channels that I simply can’t keep up, and they are all beginning to feel a little samey. I’m also starting to yearn for something fresh and new. But everyone wants their own Cinematic Universe – the ability to rinse millions of dollars from the same characters for years to come, rather than find that one-off gem story.
- It’s easy money.
I’m beginning to sympathise with Victor Meldrew. Maybe as people grow older and have lived and experienced more, we start to see the way things are changing. My youth saw the emergence of the sequel. I might be wrong but I think it was The Godfather and Jaws that really got the ball rolling with those. But sequels make more sense than remakes. I find it sad. Cinema hasn’t been around that long, there are still many stories to tell.
Should we start the ‘Boycott Remakes’ campaign? Or am I the only one thinking they are just cop-outs to just fill the studios’ pockets with money?
Another remake?? I don’t belieeeeeeeeeve it!!!!