First, for those of you who missed the update yesterday, foot is not broken and pups not sick. In even better news, insurance is going to pay for half of my roof. And now on to my post.
Over the last couple of decades, Hollywood has displayed a really disturbing trend. Despite the myriad of good stories out there, they keep seeming to gravitate toward remaking past stuff. Now I know that there are really no new stories, only new spins on old concepts, but this is ridiculous. Most are done under the auspices of introducing a new generation to the classics in a rebooted version that the young folks are more likely to understand.
Here’s just a smattering of examples:
- Bad News Bears
- Clash of the Titans
- Dawn of the Dead
- Flubber (was a remake of the Absent-Minded Professor)
- Freaky Friday (okay, I admit I actually like this remake)
- King Kong
- The Longest Yard
- Friday the 13th
- Melrose Place
- Bionic Woman
- Knight Rider
- Teen Wolf (originally a comedy movie, now a rebooted TV series more in the vein of Vampire Diaries)
I’m sorry, the originals were classics for a reason. You wanna introduce kids to them, show them the FIRST ONES. Don’t go making new versions that hold none of the appeal of the originals.
But the other night I saw an ad for a reboot that may positively take the cake. TNT is bringing back Dallas. Complete with Bobby and J.R., the same house, same theme music. Just everybody older and apparently with kids who want to drill on Ewing land because they are greedy SOBs (at least that was the gist I got from the preview). Supposed to come back in the summer of 2012.
Seriously? You’ve got a whole generation of people who have never even HEARD of the question Who shot J.R.? let alone give a darn about the answer. Is this supposed to be a means to appeal to the aging baby boomers who were addicted to the show back in the 80s? Or are they trying to usher in a new generation of viewers?
Doesn’t Hollywood read? There are SCADS of fantastic novels that would make AWESOME TV shows and movies. Why are they pouring money into these tired remakes that totally lose the spirit of the original show? Are they deluded enough to think they’re going to get another Battlestar Galactica or Dr. Who? (the only TV remakes I can think of off hand that have been awesome). Why are they so afraid to take RISKS on NEW and WONDERFUL STORIES?
I wanna see Jeri Smith Ready’s Shift made into a TV series. And Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series turned into movies. And Susan Bischoff’s Talent Chronicles done by Joss Whedon in whatever format he’ll do because he’s Joss and he’s awesome–except he is not allowed to deviate from the actual romance in the books because he often breaks that rule and that’s not okay with me (the ending of Dollhouse was entirely unacceptable). Anne Fortier’s Juliet would make a fabulous movie. And who doesn’t want to see a movie or TV version of Raphael from Nalini Singh’s Archangel books? There’s just…sigh, so much AWESOME out there and Hollywood is…lazy. Or something.
What books do YOU want to see turned into movie or TV?