To Reboot or Not to Reboot…

13 01 2010

Hollywood has been in a reboot/remake frenzy for the past several years…and it’s only getting worse.  A Star Trek reboot?  Sure, it’s been about seven years since the last one.  Remaking the Three Stooges?  OK, they haven’t had a screen treatment since black and white.  It makes sense that producers and studios want to mine existing fan bases…it’s a safer move.  But isn’t it getting a bit ridiculous?

With the news that Spider-Man 4 has fallen apart, the studio wasted no time announcing a “reboot” of the franchise.  I mean, can you really call a new Spider-Man movie a reboot?  J.J. Abrams (director of Star Trek) shares this sentiment.  Supposedly, the plan is to go back to high school…but didn’t we already see the Spider-Man origin story?

It seems that remakes and reboots are here to stay.  While some have been successful (Star Trek, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, etc.), others haven’t been so lucky (Superman Returns, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, etc.).  And we’ll just have to wait and see if films such as Clash of the Titans and The A-Team work or not.

What do you think?  Is Hollywood going overboard with remakes and reboots?  What are some remakes/reboots you’re looking forward to?  Share your thoughts in the comments!

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2 responses

16 01 2010
Invisible Mikey

I guess it depends entirely upon the quality of the reboot. To me it took all the reboots until Batman Begins to get it right, because our culture was too uptight to examine the darkness of that myth at the times the earlier attempts were made. That’s why the previous ones all went “camp”.

Reboots are justified whenever there’s a good idea that hasn’t been properly realized. I do agree that Hollywood is less original than it used to be.

(I posted about Avatar, on-camera acting, and bad movies lately).

16 01 2010
Dustin

I agree. And the Batman Begins example is an apt one…that film added something to the franchise that had never been done before. But in some cases, I wonder if the material has been exhausted, and reboots/remakes end up just diluting franchises.
Good points!

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