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    Why is hollywood making so many remakes?

    Hollywood is almost obsessed with remaking films despite previous success. Remakes of film though often flop in cinema’s begging the question; Why does Hollywoods keep making remakes? What’s the point? So many remakes face criticism before being released. Diehard fans make judgements of the film before it is even released, while the film itself has a bar often set so high that ‘failure’ is inevitable.

    Perhaps companies are simply relying on the success of the previous films in a pursuit of profit. From changing casts to all female (Oceans 11, Ghost Busters) to changing the tone of the film (The Mummy), is Hollywood simply trying to find ways to justify remaking a movie that doesn’t need to be remade?

    • Being the art form that it is, film is just as prone to a version better expressed, so to speak. One director (or author) believes his rendition was final and releases it. Another director feels his release was not perfect, and remakes it as a sequel. Others simply cannot move on unless they've added their $0.02 to the squabble. No matter what the reason, 'priming the pump' never ends and must be tolerated. As long as there are disagreements, there will be remakes and sequels. – lofreire 3 years ago
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    • One thing I'd be interested in seeing someone explore is the Disney side of this topic, how they are doing live action remakes of so many of the classics. It is to appeal to the children of the children who first experienced these movies? Simply to make more revenue? Or is it to maintain copyright to prevent it from entering the public domain? This all is true for other franchises as well. – BreannaWaldrop 3 years ago
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    • I'm not sure if it's just because of the age of myself and my friends (mid 20s), but I feel like nostalgia is very much the "flavour of the month". Sequels that were 10+ years in the making, such as Scream 4 and American Pie:the reunion, kicked off an era of sequels and reboots. I don't think Hollywood has run out of ideas like I have heard some people suggest, I just think that there is so much money in remakes. by growing old, Disney is no longer appealing to the audience who helped to make it so successful. Sure they still make films that kids love but by remaking all our old favourites (Jungle Book, Lion King, Beauty and the Beast to name a few) they can also re-appeal to the older generation. – jackson2601 3 years ago
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    Great article. I think the stigma associated with comic books definitely lessens among younger generations, though there’s definitely still a stigma around adults who still read comics.

    The Social Stigma of Comic Book Reading

    Really great article. I think that ‘superhero’ movies without different sub-genres wouldn’t be as well received as they are today. I think that’s something marvel has really nailed in nearly all of their recent movies (most origin stories are a different story). Its interesting that these days superhero movies aren’t just superhero movies, but rather have undercurrents of different genres which keep people interested in the movies.

    Super Heroes films as Genre Films

    Appreciate the detail you went into regarding the different theories. I personally find the theory about Rey being genetically-modified interesting.
    The idea that Rey was created to specifically control the force opens up a ton of questions, though it probably wouldn’t fit in with the current plot.

    Star Wars: Who is Rey (And Why Do We Care)?