“Geez, another one?” or “How Dare they remake that, the original is a classic”. Those are 2 sayings I’m very sure we’ve all either said or heard said about film sequels and remakes. But what a lot of us may not be very aware of is that Hollywood has been making remakes and sequels since it’s beginning in the 1910s. For example, did you know the classic 1938 Wizard Of Oz is the 3rd release of the movie? The first was “The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz” released in 1910, the 2nd “Wizard Of Oz” released in 1932, just 6 years before the MGM classic.
In the coming years we’re getting a lot of sequels and remakes. A whole new set of Star Wars Movies, 2 new Independence day movies, X-Men sequels, Spiderman sequels, and Marvel character sequels. Also it was recently announced that there will likely be a remake of Indiana Jones in the near future, we’re already hearing names of actors being considered.
Personally, I’m for sequels and remakes in most cases, only because personally I like to see where a story advances to in other peoples imagination brought to life or gets re-done. There’s a lot of sequels and remakes I don’t think were necessary, Romancing The Stone is the type of movie that didn’t need a followup, but if it were to get 1 like it did, I do think it could’ve been better than Jewel Of The Nile. I liked the idea of some of my favorite Horror movie franchises getting remade, A Nightmare On Elm St. (my favorite), Halloween, Friday The 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But the remakes of those movies with the exception of Halloween & Texas Chainsaw Massacre were a let down by my standards. More often than not the problem was that the movies focused so hard on being interesting & following trends that they lose the story. Prime example is A Nightmare On Elm St, the remake had a few very good ideas but 1 problem they had was the tone. It felt very much like they were trying to be on the same page as Twilight, with the actors delivering monotone under emotional performances, the standout of the movie was Katie Cassidy. I don’t think Rooney Mara did a good job as Nancy, she seemed more like Kristen Stewart, which is by all means no complement.
That’s a lot. A lot of people who criticize sequels and remakes tend to say this is the fall of Hollywood, that it’s not creative and original anymore, but if you do the research, they seem to be as original as they’ve always been. They copy & paste a lot, but then they come out with 1 of a kind gems.