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Remakes and the lack of good ideas on movies

Updated on May 8, 2010

Nowadays is a rarity a good movie with an original screenplay, what's going on with Hollywood's writers?

I just saw that Wes Crave is going to make a sequel to Scream, one of the best suspense/horror movies I remember when I was younger, the first one, the sequels 2 and 3 are good but not like te first, I was wandering, there's another movie that's just a sequel of a success franchise, and seems that today more and more movies aren't more than it, sequels or remakes (the word reboot is also loved by hollywood) or even adaptations from successfull stories from other medias (games, comics...).

You just have to watch around and you will se a lot of them: Nightmare on elm street, Tron, Indiana Jones, Friday the 13th, The pink Panther, Get smart, Halloween, Transformers, all superhero movies just like Spiderman, Iron man, Batman, Kick ass...and there's more coming: a new Predator, a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie,The Smurfs, Karate Kid,  now Scream; and plans for more, recently I heard something a bout a remake of gremlins.

Where are the original ideas? the writers don't create or is the industry that prefers invest just in franchises that already has a loyal public, and it means a sure finnacial return, independent of public likes it or not? Is increasingly rare a movie with a good original story, excluding animations (specially the ones from Pixar and Dreamworks).

 Seems like today even an original screenplay need to have some garantee of success, just like renomed directors, producers and actors. I mean: What studio would make "Avatar" if there's no James Cameron in charge of it?; another example: what an executive would say about the screenplay of "Inglorious Basterds" if there's no the name of Quentin Tarantino on it? 

I'm not against remakes or sequels, I really like the ones well made, but my mind need new ideas that make us think, that stucks you to the story. I know that's a great engine and industry and money makes it work, but please don't forget that isn't about money, this is about entertainment and fun.


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