It seems Hollywood has completely run out of new ideas. While remakes are nothing new, the trend has been rising in recent years. We’ve seen remakes of J udge Dredd , Arthur, RoboCop and countless others. The most recent remake may be the most insane yet. Hollywood has typically remade films from generations ago. This newest remake is nothing more than lazy.
In 2000, Left Behind became a sensation among religious movie goers. The film starred Kirk Cameron and spawned two sequels. The film was based on the book series of the same name written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The film (and book series) place the protagonists in a world during and after the biblical rapture. This film saw a fair level of controversy.
The film initially changed release format from most other movies. While most films are released for theatrical runs and then released on DVD format, Left Behind released on DVD first. This was seemingly a way to generate buzz for the theatrical release. The movie did not live up to the expectations of LaHaye who filed a lawsuit over dissatisfaction of his franchise. The lawsuit allowed LaHaye to remake the movie series.
The dissatisfaction of LaHaye and movie goers is widely cited to be due to the terrible acting and laughable dialogue. The film became a cult hit among Christians but failed to hold any level ground with movie critics. Kirk Cameron and his fellow cast members failed to deliver a solid enough film to please the masses.
While scrolling through Youtube recently, I came across an interesting video. The title was “Left Behind (2014) Official Trailer” . I was intrigued. Surely they couldn’t be remaking a series that is only fourteen years old. With remakes, Hollywood tends to grab ideas from the 70’s and 80’s. This film was just released in 2000. Sure enough, upon watching the trailer, this is a remake of that exact series.
Who else would take the reigns of the franchise but a fabulous over-actor who is seemingly in everything these days, Nicholas Cage? Cage stars as a pilot who is flying a plane when the rapture occurs, much like the character portrayed by Brad Johnson in the original series.
Has Hollywood gotten so lazy that not only can they not come up with original ideas but they cannot reach back further into the film database of the world? Why do we need all of these remakes? Sure, they are easy money. The idea cashes in on fans of the originals who wish to see what they’ve changed but also the eyes of movie critics will be on them for sure. Hollywood may be smart with this tactic but one cannot help but find it lazy. Unoriginality will continue as Hollywood continues to remake films that really do not need a remake.