If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Reboots. Love them or hate them, they're here to stay. Will their presence bring peace to people who've longed to see a movie remade or re-imagined, or will the changes anger fans of the original material? Read on as I give my two cents on a few upcoming reboots.
1. The Crow
Firstly, one should be extremely cautious when handling a reboot of this particular movie. It goes without saying that no actor could possibly top the late and great Brandon Lee's performance as the title character. That's not to say no actor couldn't be a believable Crow for the reboot. Personally, I think Adrien Brody could pull it off. He handles every role he plays with such delicacy. Only time will tell, and that time is 2013.
2. Gremlins 3D
I have a hunch this is going to bad. Really bad. Hollywood has already proven that when they take popular properties, especially kid-friendly ones, and turn it into a movie, they screw up big time. (i.e., Smurfs, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Garfield.)
From what I've heard, I don't have much hope for this one. I can dig me some Daredevil, but not when Robert Pattinson may be behind the mask. David Slade is on board to direct, so at least we know the action will be decent. That's still not saying much though. Daredevil's scheduled to release in 2014.
So there you have it. Just three of many, many reboots to come. They could be good, but knowing Hollywood, they'll suck. Sound off in the comments below!
I think it's the opposite: Hollywood is running out of unoriginal ideas, and now they're having to remake movies that shouldn't be remade (Point Break). I'm sure there are a lot of people in Hollywood who do have good, original ideas, but the studios don't want to take any chances on them because they don't think they will draw out an audience. I also partly blame the business model that the film industry runs on. Movies actually require that their audience come out and pay $8 to see a movie that they may or may not enjoy, will be over in a couple of hours, and will have to pay to see again if they so desire. It's not like television, where everything is paid for by advertising or subscription (though that model has its faults, as well).
But I also think that the medium suffers from some inherent faults that stifle creativity in movies. Film is perhaps the most condensed form of storytelling humans have invented. When you have to tell a complete story within a 1.5--3.5 hour timeframe, your story is going to take on a form similar to a thousand other stories that came before it. That's why film genres (superhero films, slasher movies, etc.) tend to follow extremely formulaic plots.
I think some of the most innovative storytelling can be found on TV series (or miniseries) that follow very tight, progressive plot lines, like Game of Thrones. It's a form of storytelling that rivals the novel, in my opinion.