Unless you’ve been living in a cave for last decade, you’ve noticed that Hollywood is making a lot of remakes. The most recent remake about to come out in theaters is “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” which is really a remake of “Conquest of The Planet of the Apes” with a different title. The question must be asked, why is Hollywood making so many remakes instead of making original movies? The reason for Hollywood remakes is not that surprising if you think about it. The movie industry has been losing money over the years. As a result of the loss of revenue movie companies are less likely to take any major risks. So, any original scripts are harder to get produced, because there is no guarantee that they will make a profit. On the other hand if a movie in the past had success it will most likely get remade. Movie companies are hoping that fans of original movies will go see the remakes. From a purely marketing stand point remaking a movie is smart. The title of the movie sells itself. If you go to a movie theater and you see “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” you automatically know what the movie is about, and more likely to see it. Let’s look at the movies possibly getting remade in the near future.
Keep in mind that this list does not count sequels. This list only includes remakes or reboots of popular movies. Every single one of these movies had financial success, and still has a fan following. This is also the reason why so many comic book movies are being made. Any movie that will have instant name recognition usually does financially well. Superman, Batman, Spider-man, are all comic book characters that brought large amounts of people to the movie theaters. Basically, anything that has a name that an audience will recognize. So, all your favorite cartoons, TV show, books, movies will most likely get a remake/reboot/sequel/adaptation sometime in future if it already hasn’t.
A good question to ask is how as consumers can we stop movie companies from remaking movies? A simple answer would be for people stop going to see movie remakes, but in reality people will go see them. We love to see our favorite characters with a new perspective. We have a curious cat problem. We want to see these movies, but are never satisfied with the results. Even if we could to people from going to see remakes, the movie industry will just try to make another remake from another successful franchise.
I addressed in the beginning of this post this all started, because the movie industry is losing money. Why is the movie industry losing money? The most obvious reason is pirating of movies. Millions of people watch the movie online, and never pay to see the movie. The movie industry loves to say that this is the only reason they’re losing money, but they’re wrong. Going to movies is probably one of the most expensive things you can do now. The tickets and the food can make going to movies really expensive. Would you watch a movie in the theater or watch it home for free? No question you would watch it for free, unless you really want to watch it in the theater.
The movie industry needs to realize that the movie theatre experience is dying. In my father’s time you could catch a double or triple feature and spend most of the day at the theatre. When was the last time you could or really wanted to spend your whole day in a movie theatre? Now 3-D has become a big deal. I honestly like 3-D in some not all cases. For example Avatar. Although the movie Avatar was not the best I’ve ever seen. The 3-D experience in Avatar was epic, and made movie fun to watch. The movie industry has embraced 3-D since Avatar as an attempt to bring audiences back to the movie theatre. In the most part I applaud the effort, but movie companies are risking to make 3-D a gimmick. Movies like “Clash of The Titans” were made for 3-D, but it wasn’t planned to be a 3-D movie. The result was that “Clash of the Titans” was a mediocre movie with mediocre 3-D. The only good thing that came out of that movie was the phrase “Release the Kraken!”
The movie making business has become simply more about the money than anything else. The industry needs to realize that they’re the problem, and pirated movies are the symptom. Their failure to research what audiences really want to see in theaters is killing the industry.