Where Have The New Movies Gone?

Where Have The New Movies Gone?

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One thing my friends know about me is that I love to watch movies of any genre as long as the story is well written. Hell, scratch that, I’ll even watch those cheap under budget films just for shits and giggles!

However, I’ve noticed that a lot of the movies that are being released into theaters are all remakes. What gives?

Where Have The New Movies Gone?

I’m becoming more and more concerned that screenwriters are running out of creative ideas to launch new movies. By new, I mean movies that aren’t recreations of classic films or based on some of our favorite childhood books.

I’m not saying that some of the movies aren’t anticipated by the crowd (myself included) but it’s starting to get old for me really quick.

Maybe The New Ones Are Out There

My theory isn’t entirely that writers haven’t come up with any original ideas. Part of my theory includes the close-mindedness of movie producers.

I’m sure ideas have come across their shiny wooden desks that they didn’t bother looking into just because it was something different or it was believed the movie wouldn’t sell.

Nobody wants to invest hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of dollars creating a film based on a story that won’t profit, however, considering the number of remakes there have been lately, I’m starting to think it’s about time someone picked up a movie plot that was shoved to the side in the not so distant past.

Am I The Only One?

Surely I’m not alone here. Haven’t you noticed how many TV series are based off of films that were popular in the 80’s and 90’s? Some have even taken comic strips and ruined the whole image of the characters by recreating the story entirely. *cough cough* Riverside anyone? Since when was Archy about death and murder and when did it become so dark?

Know When To Stop

I’m all for a great sequel, but lately things have been getting out of hand and sometimes an entire movie is ruined just because of what writers created in the sequel.

A movie hits the box office and it brings in billions of dollars in profits, so the producers want to milk it for all it’s worth. I get it, really, I do, but what they don’t seem to understand is that some sequels are worth making for the money while others are worth omitting to save the film’s reputation.

A Few Of My Personal Suggestions

  • If you’re going to make a movie based on a classic film that has survived for years, don’t screw it up by completely rebooting it and changing all of the characters. Just leave it alone!

 

  • I love reading books and then watching the movie that was based on said film, but if the book doesn’t add more to the story, don’t try to make it a sequel. Never, ever take the film further than the book does because you’ll confuse those that are huge fans of the book and you’ll even leave some outraged.

 

  • Once you have released a successful film remake, don’t keep remaking it because eventually you’re going to screw it up. The Incredible Hulk comes to mind here.

 

A Quick Note About TV Series

Not everything should be transformed into a TV show. Sometimes there just isn’t enough story left over from the movie it’s a spinoff of to make it past the first season of the TV show.

Final Thoughts

It’s getting ridiculous. While I once visited the movie theater on a weekly basis, I now take a look at what’s playing and can’t help but feel my excitement dwindle as I see the names of some of my favorite stories, classic films and characters become nothing more than a waste of time, money and attention.

I’m ready for something new. Make a film about something we haven’t already seen. Get creative. Become original. Do something different already!

 

 


 

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