Yes, I am just being a typical huge cynic here, with a very comment view of the constant continued rehashing of old, often supposed ‘classic’ or cult films, television series, books, or any older existing product of entertainment?
I am right now considering just why these remakes and ‘re-imagings’ keep appearing today?
Easy answer, of course-money. Almost certainly garuanteed return, due to knowing a particular film or television series did previously have a strong core fanbase or loyal following, or at least a generation who would most likely be very interested to see how modern directors interprate the original.
At the present time, one of the major instances to mind is the new SPIDERMAN reboot, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN. Personally, I have been not hugely overjoyed at the thought of a newer version which did seem to be arriving unbelievably soon after the last sequel by SAM RAIMI. Why, I thought? Just why the need at all?
Well most obviously, it actaully has been a good few years, around a decade since the first RAIMI SPIDERMAN film, around five years since the final, unfairly lambasted sequel. Is that not long enough to wait to throw up another version of Spidey?
The studios know there is huge potential for anything related to SPIDERMAN, and these days special effects are reliably stunning, especially from the biggest Hollywood film companies. They want to sell a new movie, or even new franchise hopefully, and if they can garuantee a fanatstically large audience there to rush out to the multiplexes when side movie is released the better. Like BATMAN and SUPERMAN have themselves regularly and continually been remade and remodelled on the big screen over many decades, now too so is SPIDERMAN.
Admittedly it is interesting to see what is produced by a different director and production company using the same product or franchise concept. But then there will most likely often be a mob of angry and unhappy fanboys followers, truly upset with a new depiction of their beloved original movie or television series.
Do they just have to simply endure at watch on helplessly while a new and sometimes highly controvertial version of their favourtie remebered original is presented to the world?
How would I myself feel about one of my own novels or short stories being reinterpreted in some unexpected or possibly inferior way?
A newer and younger generation has emerged since the last SPIDERMAN sequel, ready to see the latest exciting version, with different CGI, different actors, and story to tell. It is in fairness, a fresh tale, which incorporates a new villain and as I see it a arguably radical version of PETER PARKER/SPIDERMAN this time. As with most comic book movie adaptations, there will garuanteed be a number of unsatisfied people, but that really cannot be avoided in anyway.
The recession could be an easy way to blame the continuing trail of remakes, reboots and more, but it is plainly just Hollywood wanting as much money as possibly without risk of losing any. All the market research, test screenings, audience reseach statistics drive them to play safe but it does not always work. Still unexpected indie films in genres of horror, science fiction or fantasy crop up and make wildly impressive amounts from box office ticket sales, confusing and rattling Hollywood big time. Which is really great.
One great example in recent times is the movie MONSTERS (2010) directed by GARETH EDWARDS, shot on a- by movie making standards-very modest budget but received very well respected all round critical acclaim. It could not have been planned by Hollywood, could have been too risky, and most importantly-was a new original idea from a young brave director.
There is hope for originality even in these financially strained and testing times.