New Movies, Please!

Looking over this list of movies to be released in 2010, I counted over 20 remakes or TV adaptations (there may be more).

Remaking (“reimagining”) the films of the past (Halloween, King Kong, The Poseidon Adventure, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc.) has sadly been the staple of Hollywood for many, many years now. Too many. If not classic films, then classic TV shows. If not Hulk, then The Incredible Hulk.  There are less original films each year (making movies like Inglourious Basterds even more appealing). Apparently, the mass public doesn’t care; since many of the remakes and adaptations make astounding profits for the studios. But now, Hollywood has reached a new low. The deep well of classics from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s has apparently run dry. So, where did the studios turn? To the ’90s? Nope. The early ’00s? Not even. Try 2007. You remember 2007, right? Probably. Because it was only three years ago!

That’s right. Later in 2010, Death at a Funeral, starring Chris Rock (Pootie Tang), Tracy Morgan (The Tracy Morgan Show) and Danny Glover (Predator 2), will be released in theaters across the US of A. In case you aren’t familiar, Death at a Funeral was a comedy made in London that debuted in the UK in 2007. It was released later that year in America on a limited basis, and would go on to enjoy measurable success on video and DVD.

Peter Dinklage

Peter Dinklage plays the role of Peter, played by Peter Dinklage in the 2007 version of the film.

I, as well as most people I know, have seen the original. It was funny. Funnier than most comedies, in fact. Funny enough that I remember it pretty well. After seeing the preview for the remake, I can tell you that the plot is identical. To a T. A family attends the funeral of its patriarch, wackiness ensues. Hardy Har, Har! Laughs abound. The jokes are the same. Everything is the same. Everything! Peter Dinklage (Death at a Funeral) even plays the exact same part he played in the original. Talk about easy money. I wouldn’t be surprised if they both used the same key grip.

In fairness, the new cast will likely attract a different demographic, but that doesn’t justify this. This is laughable . There is no way I would pay theater admission to see the exact same movie I saw two years ago when I could just go rent it for $3. No one should. But, sadly, people will.

I can see it now. Studio executives will pitch Avatar to be released again next year, but the Navi will be green instead of blue. Cha-Ching!

When will it end?

Dear Hollywood,

Please start making new movies again. Please!




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5 Responses to “New Movies, Please!”

  1. Jesse Says:

    There is no such thing as an original idea in Hollywood. Or at least that seems to be the general rule…

  2. musingsofatotallyinsaneperson Says:

    you know, you are absolutely right. I had never really looked at it that way…
    I think that remakes of the older horror movies were a welcome adaption (2005 to 2009) and I personally loved the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the Hills have Eyes 2.

  3. Darren Says:

    This has been coming a while though. Just last week, Sony announced they were “rebooting” Spider-Man, a blockbuster series that is less than a decade old.

    In fairness, there will always be trash and there will always be classics. As great a decade as the 1970s were, there were just as many crap films then as there are now. Okay, maybe not quite, but that’s only because there are more films being made these days.

    As you said, it just means solid original films like Inglourious Basterds and (500) Days of Summer seem the better for it.

  4. ptpotts Says:

    I agree. The most frustrating is when they remake horror movies or remake Asian horror films starring Sarah Michelle Geller. The Ring was an good but they ruined the Grudge, Pulse and so many others…WHY? If the original movie wasn’t very good or suffered because of a low budget I can understand a remake (Ocean’s Eleven) but certain films were good at the time because of their social commentary or original idea (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw).

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