Remakes and Reboots: Corporate Delusion In An Over-saturated Market

“Hollywood is like a[n] excruciatingly unimaginative boyfriend that keeps bringing you to the same restaurant over and over again because you once said you liked the bread there.” – Fonda Lee                                                                              

Hollywood is becoming an abysmal pit of regurgitated garbage. Every corporation has stopped caring about originality and creativity and has instead sold out for poorly produced cash grabs that tarnish the legacy left by the original properties. Over 130 Remakes, Reboots, and Retellings of beloved classics are already being produced. To name a few, The Princess Bride, Dirty Dancing, The Neverending Story, Scarface, Weird Science, and Road House. Swayze would be ashamed. 

Why would an industry with such creativity and immensely talented people have so many issues producing original content. It’s simple, a drastic disconnect with their audience. These big-shots in their offices have no idea what people want. We want original stories, we want production companies like A24, an excellent studio that has produced some of the best movies of the last decade. ( Ex. Whiplash, Eighth Grade, Moonlight, Lady Bird, First Reformed )

Film is an art celebrated by billions of people, and to mock the industry with these underhanded, poorly produced, unoriginal rips on movies that really mean something to a lot of people is so disingenuous to me. They soil the legacies of groundbreaking original films with haphazardly assembled, recycled content the world already has and loves. 

Hollywood has so many incredible filmmakers and writers and producers working today, yet every original thing made is generally overshadowed by eye candy action movies, poorly written comedies, and of course, remakes. Martin Scorcese, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Paul Thomas Anderson, Steven Soderbergh, and Edgar Wright are all still making movies today, and while people do see them, they are often overshadowed by blockbusters, designed to bring in revenue, simply to produce more blockbusters, to bring in even more revenue in an endless cycle that will leave any normal moviegoer “satisfied.”

Bo Burnham behind the scenes on his film Eighth Grade

Ask anyone who really loves movies, like myself, what their favorite films of the last 10 years have been,( Mine Being: The Wolf of Wall Street, Django Unchained, Whiplash, Eighth Grade, Baby Driver, There Will Be Blood, Her, Chef, John Wick, The Meyerowitz Stories) I’m fairly confident you wouldn’t have seen a few of them. The film industry is a fantastic conglomerate, filled with unoriginality and mediocrity, covering a bright and active pool of creativity. We can only hope that one day we will see a return of the creativity and inspiration we so desperately lack.

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