Hollywood is a fickle beast, one day you’re the hottest thing in town and the next you’re circling the bottom of the bargain bin at the local Wal-Mart. No one knows the secret to keeping that ravenous beast happy except box-office receipts. Some of the time that’s a good thing, most of the time its not. And right now if you’re not a comic book hero, a vampire or a remake then you’re much up a creek named sh*t without a paddle.
Screen Rant posted a rather timely article featuring a pretty damn impressive list of confirmed upcoming remakes, including the knock your socks off remake (or reinterpretation depending on whose definition you use) of ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.’ The article even broke down the classifications for the films that have almost become a genre unto themselves:
- Remake – Recreating a previously released film. (Fright Night, The Thing, Arthur or about a million others last year.
- Reboot – Doing a “fresh start” re-launch of a previously established franchise or character. (X-Men: First Class, The Muppets, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
- Reinterpretation – Creating a unique new cinematic vision of literary source material. (Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Three Musketeers)
Just like 3-D, this love ‘em or hate ‘em trend isn’t bound to go anywhere, anytime soon. But as I went scanned through the list some films certainly did get my film geek senses tingling so I’d have to say that I still on the fence with this trend myself.
Now if only someone would try to remake/reboot/reinterpret a movie about a superhero that had vampires in it, I’m sure that would be a hit ,right? No wait…