With dozens of remakes and sequels set to hit the big screen in the next couple of years, the question is seemingly: has the innovation of cinema died or is it merely asleep?
Film remakes have been around for decades, but with more and more of these taking precedence over new plots, it would appear that scriptwriters have taken some sort of impromptu hiatus or lost all sense of imagination. Producers & directors are seen to be taking on more and more remakes and dredging up old films to sequel, as opposed to pursuing fresh and inventive new stories. Some will argue that as time and technology progress, certain classics that were way ahead of their time, do need to be updated. However, it often seems that the apt old adage “if it ain’t broke…” appears to be forgotten as visual effects (more often than not) take away from the enjoyable plots and overall atmosphere that originally captured audiences.
The remakes have already started with Rob Zombie’s “re-imagining” of ‘Halloween’ (2007) and ‘Halloween II’ (2009), and ‘Friday the 13th’ (2009) produced by Michael Bay. In 2010 movie-goers can expect to see Pet Sematary (originally made in 1989) in their local cinema listings. While in 2011 the trend picks up speed with the likes of classic films ‘The Blob’(1958), ‘True Grit’ (1969), Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’(1963), ‘Karate Kid’ (1984), ‘Robocop’ (1987), ‘Child’s Play’ (1988) and ‘Poltergeist’ (1982) among Hollywood’s “remake & release programme”. 2012 will see the return of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’(1992), ‘Flash Gordon’ (1980) and ‘The NeverEnding Story’ (1984). And that’s just a handful!
Next for the chopping block is the infamous list of released and planned sequels. Among these are films such as the recently released ‘Terminator Salvation’ (2009) and ‘SAW VI’ (2009) from the seemingly unrelenting Saw franchise. Future sequel plans include ‘Scream 4’ (2010) and ‘Men in Black 3′ (2011), while ‘Ghostbusters III’ and ‘Beverly Hills Cop IV’ are both due for release in 2012.
There are also a few old T.V. shows that are being given the big screen treatment, including ‘The A-Team’(2010), ‘Thundercats’ (2010) and ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (2011). Most recently, Roland Emmerich (director of ‘Independence Day’ (1996)) announced plans for ID4-Ever (essentially Independence Day 2 & 3). Apart from ‘Terminator Salvation’ and ‘Saw VI’, the rest of the sequels are a decade or more after their predecessors thus more questions: Why have they decided to revisit these films now? Is this the film industry’s get rich quick scheme? Or do they really feel that there is a future for these films? Especially when it comes to the horror genre, directors & producers have yet to discover that more blood does not constitute a “re-imagining” much less necessarily make a film better.
The intention is not necessarily to say that all remakes are/will be bad (many of us here at Mpdclick are thoroughly looking forward to ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010)), it would be nice to know when the remakes will end and when the film industry plan to bring us movie fanatics some good, NEW stories to sink our teeth into.
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