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Author: Gavin Singleton | Aug-03-2013 5:14 PM
Lately some people seem to be constantly complaining that every odd film being released is a remake, reboot, sequel or prequel. Prometheus, Total Recall, Jurassic Park 4, Robocop, The Conjuring, The Wolverine, Man of Steel – it really does seem like Hollywood cannot come up with a new idea.
Posted: Aug-03-2013 7:07 PM
This was a very interesting article Gavin.
The main six studios are seemingly running out of ideas. This is because their mondus operadi often (but not always) excludes smarter screenplays that display more profound plotlines in lieu of explosions. But filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, and Guillermo Del Torro show that smart filmmaking can often include explosions and grand visual effects.
I have read numerous books by Hollywood producers that all inform the reader that Hollywood must put out a product that will attract masses of movie goers. This is why usually the more intricate plotted films come from studios such as The Weinstein Company and Miramax. Even the latter mention company is struggling to make new creative content, due to new ownership.
Audiences have the right to demand the best quality product on screen, and this often calls for new creative content. I personally enjoy original ideas over franchises, but who says that franchises can't be smart and thrilling? A serious problem may lie in the studios' want to needlessly convert a previously released title to 3D. Most people find this unnecessary and then it is associated with other upcoming reboots. In regards to reboots, Batman Begins and Casino Royale were definitive reboots, but that concept may have bee exhausted over the past six years.
Although hardly original, perhaps what would now help Hollywood is to find a ways to successfully bring movies based off of video games to the screen, in the same manner that superhero films have been brought to cinematic life.
Posted: Aug-03-2013 8:04 PM
I see Ben Stiller is directing and starring in a remake of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.' Do you need any more proof that Hollyweird is idea-bereft?
Posted: Aug-03-2013 10:26 PM
What I find interesting is the studio's interest to reboot,remake or just add new films to a franchise that they didn't really support very well to begin with. The original Blade Runner, Alien and Star Wars productions were constantly being defended by the film makers to prevent the film productions from being shut down.
Now there coming back to many of those films with a vengeance.
As much as I'm looking forward to some of the sequels and prequels,I have to wonder what new film ideas are being put on the back burner.
The next biggest thing since Star Wars might be collecting dust right now...who knows?
Posted: Aug-04-2013 1:06 PM
When John Barrymore did Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde in 1920, it was the SEVENTH version to hit the silver screen. Then Fredric March did it in 1932, and Spencer Tracy did it in 1941. It's been done over countless times since. Is that what you mean by Hollywood being out of ideas? Was it wrong for James Whale to do a remake of Frankenstein, in 1931, after Tom Edison had already done it, in 1910?
When you say Hollywood has run out of ideas, it's like saying the whole world has run out of ideas, being as Hollywood is not an isolated fish bowl.
Creativity never stops unfolding, like a flower that never stops blooming. Such is creativity.
The problem is getting a "green light", the money, the permission, to actually make a new movies. Creativity , or the lack there of, is not the problem. That is a conclusion jumped to, by people who jump to conclusions.
Hollywood never leads, it only follows. Whom does it follow? It follows the audience, and what they will pay to see.
A large number of people want to see Johnny Depp play Captain Jack Sparrow over and over and over and over and....Then they want "Fast and Furious 17: Out Of Gas!" and "Star Wars 108: Jar Jar's Bloody Revenge!"
I live in Hollywood, have worked a little in film and music. There's plenty of talented writers just waiting for a chance. Again, not out of ideas, just not enough "green lights". Whenever you think Hollywood is out of ideas, just remember: GREEN LIGHT.
Posted: Aug-04-2013 4:10 PM
In summary Hollywood delivers what people ask for, which consequently conclude blockbusters and more money for the filmmakers. That's why I appreciate the work of directors like Neill Blomkamp, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Nolan, Duncan Jones, and Alfonso Cuarón.
Posted: Aug-04-2013 5:52 PM
Yeah it does seem like movie ideas are slim to non and PACIFIC RIM was a breath of fresh air not so mutch because it was original but its a glimmer of hope that maybe hollywood will explore the anime market a little more in the future,though i cant help being one of the many that gets excited when they reboot something i love like GODZILLA and by that i know im buying into the whole "give them what they want to see to make money thing";im realy just holding my breath for the day they announce a big budget live action GUNDAM movie and when that day comes i will die happy.
Posted: Aug-05-2013 1:19 AM
Well said BSS1973, really well said. I think the problem is indeed that Hollywood exec's are not willing to green-light creative projects, in fear that they will not bank enough cash to warrant its investments. I agree that the audience determins what Hollywood produces, but at the same time, their main priority is making money - and unfortunately, the easiest way to make money is to bank on an existing, well-established franchise.
I really hope, that in the highlight of reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels hitting the big screen over the next two years, we will see some truly original, creative talents get that "go ahead" from any of the major 5 studios. As much as I love seeing the movies I grew up with as a kid get sequels, now that I'm an adult, I would like to see something new, to keep the mind and entertainment industry fresh and on its toes.
Posted: Aug-07-2013 2:50 PM
What I don’t think many people are aware of is that there are lots of good film makers out there, but one of the biggest drawbacks comes, when a producer is looking to sort out distribution. I know a film producer who put their film through various independent movie houses and every single audience loved the film, yet getting this low budget movie out there was near impossible. It was if the movie industry had created a closed shop when it came to distribution.
It is the mechanisms behind distribution that I find to be the stumbling point over new ideas and talent being delivered to audiences eager to see something different. Just look at how a lo-tech approach worked for The Blair Witch. While Hollywood is certainly promoting a different style of movie at present, it must be said that you can play many a new tune on an old fiddle.
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