Hollywood, your not creative anymore
I love the arts. I particularly love literature. The reading of other people’s stories has always been highly enjoyable to me. Writing my own work is even better. 😏 I particularly love the early stages of writing when your brain starts to churn and your hands start to move. The ideas begin to flow from that beginning spark; that grows into something remarkable. And I’m not just talking about long, flowing prose. Even the simple business email can flash a little creative flair.
Dear MR SO-IN-SO-
To be or not to be? Will you be attending this Saturday’s Corporate Picnic? Kindly respond by the end of business today.
Another thing I love about this stage of creating is that it allows for some form of planning; which is essential to my work. Not sure how others write, but I always start with a plan. Maybe an outline, and some research into the topic. That’s how I usually start.
The bottom line is that I love to create things from scratch. Apparently, some in the film industry don’t share in my zeal for creating.
My other favorite art form, Film, is dying slowly in the creativity department and I’m not sure we can save it.
A very slow death
It was recently reported that some Hollywood genius somewhere has been toying with the idea of remaking the highly successful 1999 classic, The Matrix . Pause as my head starts to burn.
WHY ARE THEY TOUCHING THE MATRIX!!
I KNOW, I KNOW REMAKES ARE NOT NEW
In fact, some remakes are downright EPIC!!! Since the dawn of filmmaking, producers have been redoing other films previously produced. In the beginning, it was done sporadically as there were not that many films to remake. Over time, the lack of films to redo became less and less of a problem. This was especially prevalent in the 1980s and 1990s. These two decades were ripe with creativity that showed in the remakes it produced. These films include:
Al Pacino; Nuff said.
Jeff Goldblum’s best work!!
Although Ocean’s 11 was remade in 2001, it was a banner film because that remake was, in my estimation, the first remake to produce multiple, like over two movies, of sequels. Good sequels. (I won’t count The Fly’s sequels as they were as hideous as the bug) All three films made over a billion dollars total. With that kind of money being made, it’s no wonder Hollywood began racing to studio storage rooms looking for films to redo. Instead of redoing obscure flicks or overseas pictures into modern masterpieces, studios began reaching to classics or beloved films to remake. That is where things started to get out of hand.
The 2000s of nothing
Before I get into the pit of bad 00s remakes, let me just say that I totally understand why the studios are going crazy about remakes. One word…
In Yohana Desta’s article in Mashable, she points out that…
“According to data blog The Droid You’re Looking For, 122 remakes have been theatrically released between 2003 to 2012. The average critic score of all these films on Rotten Tomatoes? A middling 46%, whereas the original films had a median score of 78%. Critical prestige is low, but the box office? It’s overflowing. The total box office gross of all these remakes was a startling $12 billion.”
Bottom line, THEY MAKE MONEY DOING BAD MOVIES!!!
Now I could spend the rest of this article listing and dissecting a whole slew of bad 00’s movies but I’ll spare you. Instead I’ll point out the two movie franchises that were an obvious attempt at a money bomb.
One of comic books most cherished characters, created by comic genius Stan Lee; Spiderman received the Hollywood treatment first in a forgotten version in 1969. The second version, starring Tobey Mcguire, that is widely seen as the ‘original’ is the 2002 Sam Raimi directed blockbuster. This version spawned two additional films making $2.5 billion total on a budget of $597 million. This was a critical and financial success that should have been able to retire into the Hollywood rafters. Unfortunately, it was not to be.
Somewhere, some suit at Sony Pictures thought it was a great idea to reboot a film that had just came out 10 years ago. In 2012, the Andrew Garfield version of Spiderman came out to shock the movie faithful. Although it had mixed reviews and was financially successful, it still was a surprise; as it had some asking when the last time a highly successful film was redone in such a short period of time. In my opinion it was obvious creative laziness. This made my blood boil. I mean 10 years to a reboot!!?? I digress.
The Fantastic Four
The story of The Fantastic Four is funny but sad. It follows the same path of Spider Man.
Wildly popular Comic ✔
Stan Lee creation ✔
First adaptation; (Another forgotten flick) ✔
Second-time success (2005 money maker) ✔
That’s where the similarities end. Although The Fantastic Four also decided to redo a successful film within 10 years, (blood boiling), this one was not a success. The rebooted version was a critical and financial bomb. It has become the poster child of bad 00’s reboots. And it is only getting worse. With 2016’s Ghostbusters being a major bust, one would think that the Hollywood bigwigs have learned their lesson. Apparently not to be so.
The Matrix Reboot
Just typing that sentence made me cringe. The Matrix Trilogy, which is still considered by many to be some of the best sci-fi films ever made, has recently been announced as being considered as a candidate for the reboot treatment.
Haven’t we suffered enough?!? I mean it’s one thing to redo a run of the mill comic book flick but to touch a modern masterpiece like the Matrix??? Should be downright illegal to be able to touch a work of art such as this, and why?? To make an easy buck?
In my opinion, reboots should be done to films that maybe didn’t get allot of play or to the oldie but goodie films that could use a modern touch. To redo a film that is still cooling down from its ride is downright wrong. It’s even worse to defile a theatrical masterpiece just to make an easy buck.
It’s wrong to the ones who took the time to come up with the original work and it’s wrong to cheat the young kid who goes to the theater to be inspired. Inspired not by the proven path of the old but the promise of what’s new and possible.