For as long as I can remember, people I know have always said that Hollywood is running out of ideas. This is usually said after seeing a new movie or trailers for what is coming soon. I used to think that maybe there was just a difference between them and popular taste or that they were jealous that they weren’t famous moviemakers. However, now that I think about it, they seem to be right.
Many sequels are in the works. Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After, Harry Potter and the Deathly Harrows, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be released this year. Meanwhile plans are being made for a sequel of sorts to recent box-office champion, Valentine’s Day, with the similarly holiday-themed New Year’s Eve. While Avatar is still playing in theatres, talk has already started that a sequel is in the works.
Thanks in part to Avatar’s success in 3D equipped theatres, some classic movies like Titanic, The Lord of the Rings, and the Star Wars films might be re-released in the format. Yet that’s not the only way that 3D has influenced this trend.
Now in theatres is Disney’s live-action 3D interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. Despite cries that the originals shouldn’t be tampered with, next year will probably see the releases of 3D re-imaginings of Jaws and The Birds.
Finally, studios are looking to capitalize on the previous success of superhero movies. The First Avenger: Captain America, Stretch Armstrong, Green Lantern, and a reboot of Spider-man are also in the works.
Ultimately, a movie can be either good or bad regardless of the fact that it is or isn’t completely original. The recent Batman films, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight took a somewhat tired concept and showed us how great it could truly be. The Departed was based on the Mou Gaan Dou trilogy of films, but it has been described as one of the best motion pictures of its decade. Only time will tell if any of the movies I previously listed will turn out to be easily created garbage or incredible ideas that became amazing.