Studio execs need to get the (Re)boot
I love to dream about the good ol’ days as much as the next person, but Hollywood is taking it to the extreme. It’s like they’ve crept into my head and most every show I enjoyed back in the 80s, they seem to be making a big screen version of it.
I normally wouldn’t have a problem with this, if it was a rare occurrence, but Hollywood has chucked in the towel and given in. They’ve stopped even trying to come up with something unique and have reserved themselves to mass-producing drivel driven flicks to cater to a non-thinking audience.
Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and let the silvery glow of the big screen overtake you and let your worries fade away. It’s equally nice to enjoy a movie from time to time where thought is not completely required.
My problem lies in the fact that Hollywood brass seems willing to let an innovative idea fall to the wayside in favor of what they are offering us right now. Some remakes and reboots work wonderfully, like Star Trek, but enough is enough.
I recently watch the lackluster Land of the Lost and if the trailer for the new G.I. Joe flick is any indication, it’s going to be a bad end to the summer.
Hollywood has a long history of screwing up a good thing. I’ve never understood taking a classic film and deciding to remake it in an attempt to recapture the magic. I’m just waiting for Gus Van Sant to make a shot-for-shot remake of his shot-for-shot remake of Psycho.
The Taking of Pelham 123, G.I. Joe, Fame and The Wolfman are all remakes or reimaginings hitting the screen this year. It’s also been announced that remakes or reboots of 80s staples such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Red Dawn, Footloose, Bright Lights, Big City, Robocop and The Karate Kid will be dropping into theaters in the next few years.
I challenge just one of those in the upper echelons of power in Tinseltown, to step out of line and become a free thinker. I want some flicks that have a new car scent, not a stale remakes doused with Febreze.