Simple Infographic Shows Hollywood is Giving Up on Original Ideas
Generally, we're not very happy with the slew of remakes and sequels that seem to be taking over multiplexes. Sure we love comic books film franchises like Iron Man and soon-to-be-sequelized heroes from The Avengers like Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, not to mention the now concluded Harry Potter franchise and the highly anticipated Avatar sequels. But much of our excitement comes from original films like Looper, arthouse beauties like The Master or even ambitious adaptations like Cloud Atlas. Sadly, an infographic looking at Hollywood's films over the years has shown that the studios have all but given up on original films and, as we already knew, favor sequels and remakes.
Here's the simple but frustrating infographic originally from Short of the Week:
Now we're not the kind of cinephiles that will just give up on a film if it's a remake. We're not that snobbish. In fact, Robert Fure of Film School Rejects has a provoking piece about why a RoboCop remake is a good call, and thereby defends the idea of the current Hollywood remake in general. But when buzz and details start surfacing about these rehashes of old stories (which seems to be the case with the RoboCop remake), and there's barely any high points to be found. That's when we start worrying.
Over the years, I've found solace in thinking of remakes more like cover songs. They're inevitable, they don't ruin the original, and the just might be fun, and - dare I say - better than the original. The only downside is the millions of dollars and years of work it costs to get a remake done as opposed to a cover song that appears on YouTube or at a concert. One might argue that studios aren't necessarily less creative with sequels and remakes as a lot of style and originality can be present in those films still, but they just don't have confidence in stories without an established brand and audience.
Discuss: How do you feel about this barrage of remakes and sequels in Hollywood?