Movie Remakes

Longest Yard 

Why is it that Hollywood has no new ideas these days?  Seems like every other movie that comes out it a remake.  Oh sure, they may call it by a different name and maybe some small changes have been made but the bottom line is that it is a REMAKE!!  Here is just a sample of movies in the past 1o years that have been remakes.  Some of these are planned to be released later this year:

Invasion of the body snatchers, Omega Man, The Longest Yard, The Pink Panther, Poseidon, The Shaggy Dog, The Italian Job, The Ladykillers, Texas Chainsaw, The Omen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Hitcher, Psycho, When a Stranger Calls, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ocean’s 11, Planet of the Apes, The Manchurian Candidate, Alfie, Sabrina, Mr. Deeds, Bad News Bears, The Birdcage, Cheaper by the dozen, Guess Who’s coming to dinner, King Kong, Meet Joe Black, Gone in 60 seconds, Fun with Dick and Jane, Flight of the Pheonix, Father of the bride, Heaven can wait, Nutty Professor, Preachers Wife, Revenge of the Nerds, The Dirty Dozen, Shaft, Westworld, Walking Tall.

Remember, that is just the last 10 years.  The list would be twice as long if I included movies from 1986 to 1996.    What’s worse is when the original is so good.  Take “The Longest Yard” for example.  What an awesome movie.  Why in the world did they have to remake that?  I can almost understand them taking some lame movie and updating it and actually making it look better… but even then….how about some originality for once!

How sad.  Walk into any bookstore and you could spend a life time going thru all the DIFFERENT stories.  Why are they not adapting more books into movies?  I’ll tell you why.  LAZY.  Why should I go thru the hassel when I can just take some funny 70’s movie and just throw some big stars in it and be done with it?

Another thing, I am sick and tired of old TV shows being turned into movies.  Hey! Get a clue!  Be original!!! 

Ok, here is what we need.  20 years.  20 years is not that long.  20 year moratorium on any remakes.  From 2008 and on each new movie must be original and NOT a remake. 


8 Responses to “Movie Remakes”

  1. Marty Says:

    Here, here. I assume you’ll cover sequels in a later post 😉

  2. Roland Says:

    Sequels are a bit different. They are within the same species, just not the same animal. I would have to class them as:

    – Continuing the story
    – Another great story with same characters
    – Pure money
    – Just plain stupid

    Take, for example, The Matrix. The first was a stand along movie. Great flick. Loved it. The Bozo Brothers then come along and make two more that get progressivly worse. There was no reason to make more except for pure money sake.

    Another one is Caddy Shack. Why in the world would you try to top that? That was both money and just plain stupid.

    Movies such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings or Back to the Future all have continuing story lines.

    Lethal Weapon: stupid and money.

    The Silence of the Lambs movies: Money

    Clerks 2: Another great, original storyline with same characters. Same thing for the Spider-Man movies.

    Movies such as Ferris Bueller’s and Strange Brew are stand alone movies and have no need for a sequel. That being said however, I almost would add another category. A “It’s been a long time, let’s try it again” category. This sort of movie rides a thin line on the money and stupid thing. When they came out with Terminator 2 almost 10 years after the original, it worked. Aliens worked well too. Blues I would love to see another Ferris movie with him in the work place taking a day off.

  3. magdaleina Says:

    The Longest Yard actually spurs a very strange debate. Technically you’ve got the same thing going on — however, the characters from the original movie are in it — with their original actors, playing themselves and guiding the actions of the new cast. For this reason I tend to wonder why it wasn’t classified as a sequel — possibly because they knew it would sell less if they did.

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  5. Acting Tips Says:

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    Interesting article, Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Josh Brandt Says:

    Has anyone really been far even as decide to go even want to do look more like?

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