This past year we’ve seen remakes of four horror/thriller movies:
1. Carrie (a remake of the 1976 movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel),
2. Evil Dead (a reboot of the cult classic first released in 1981),
3. Maniac (a remake of another cult horror movie which came out in 1980), and
4. We Are What We Are (an English-language remake of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name).
Aside from those, the following movies are also remakes that came out last year:
1. Oldboy (an American remake of a Korean film that came out in 2010),
2. The Lone Ranger (a retelling of a classic American story),
3. The Great Gatsby (the sixth film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most popular novel),
4. Delivery Man (a remake of the 2010 Canadian comedy entitled Starbuck), and
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (a remake of the 1947 film adaptation of the short story of the same name by James Thurber).
So why are movies being remade/rebooted in the first place? Oftentimes, filmmakers want to remake certain movies (usually popular or even classic ones) to show a fresh new take on them while still maintaining the story and characters. For old movies, remakes could entail telling the story set in present time. Movies from foreign countries of foreign languages which are popular are also often remade to be in English for a wider audience. Many film buffs, however, tend to boycott remakes because more often than not, they are not as good as the original.
Now I’m not saying that all remakes/reboots are bad, because some actually do a good job of retelling a story I’d previously enjoyed and a whole lot of remakes are about to come out in the following years, but they’re just further proof that our generation lacks originality. I personally don’t want to see the same story told in a different way every time I walk in a cinema; I want to watch something new every time. Don’t you?