Reboot or Remake?

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Barely a few weeks ago, It was announced that Spider-man was once again was being rebooted. Not even a decade before being rebooted again previously.

Reboots are very much the trendy thing to do these days. As are remakes. Problem with remakes, is the aim quite often is to replicate the original success. Which 9/10 times doesn’t work.

In the information age, people can be notified instantly if a film is worth going to. The real question to be asked is why keep trying? the success rates of remakes aren’t pretty.

Surely a possible route to go is remake the failures! Yes on paper it sounds insane. But on further reflection, it could work. Think Waterworld. It was a failure, no debate. But it is an ample opportunity. You can walk in and tear up the original script and no-one is going to protest about it.

Why would they? it gives you the chance to twist the film to your likening. People will naturally say ” Waterworld was terrible.” The simple response is to say,” it can’t get worse” .

Everyone has talked about at length as to why it was bad.You know what to avoid as a result. Consult the original cast and crew. They will surely help you in order to help eradicate the original memories.

The original pushed to the back of the mind as the new one goes on to flourish. Win-win for all.  The original Judge Dredd was terrible with Sly. But the new one with Karl Urban was nothing short of fantastic. Let’s hope it’s start of a trend.

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Good Outcome

Film, Opinion

The Interview wasn’t a great film. It wasn’t a good film. But it was a film that didn’t go unnoticed. For a bizarre moment Sony were threatened by unspecified groups to not release the film or have cinemas blown up. Sony naturally didn’t want to take chances.

After public outcry, Sony came around to the idea of giving a limited release. According to BBC news report on 29th December 2014, the film made back 15 million dollars out of 44 million dollar in the space of four days. Part of the limited release was limited cinema. But another part was releasing it online. It became one of the most downloadable films of all time in such a limited time space. It just begs the question. Is this the way forward?

Studios complain that pirating is wrecking the film industry. But this is unexpected success for Sony shows there is another avenue. People will always flock to the cinemas for the major films. Hunger Games, Avengers, Batman. But for the smaller comedies like The Interview. Studios could release online and if there is a pickup, proceed to a broader release in the cinemas. Instead of a broad release and fighting for leftovers from the blockbusters and Oscar hunters. This avenue could be a dry-run for the smaller films. The interview being a mediocre film probably would have fallen flat on broad release. Instead it has done better, admittedly not a whole lot better.

We should be thankful to the North Koreans for stumbling across this, sorry the “unspecified groups” we should thank for this.