Hollywood is struggling to come up with new fresh ideas and in order to make money many films are being remade or rebooted. There are still so many stories and potential that is yet to be explored though even films that seem original usually follow a narrative structure and genre which makes the film experience less fresh.
With Reboots this seems to be a new way to make money and is usually used with comic book movies. As you may know when a film series wants to start again they will reboot the series taking it in a different direction. If you look at the Batman series that started in 1989 with Tim Burton’s Batman and finishing with Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin it has a very different tone from the reboot created by Christopher Nolan in 2005 with Batman Begins. Nolan created a series which was far more grounded in reality than its predecessors. Comic book movies are easy to reboot because there are so many published stories from comic books which can take characters in a different direction.
Films however can be remade as well sometimes for good reason. For example a lot of foreign films get remade by Hollywood in order to make the story more appealing to a global audience. For example The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was made in Sweden and received a Hollywood remake in 2011 directed by David Fincher. For filmmakers this seems to be a easy way to make money as a lot of foreign films are difficult to follow and cinema audiences are passive and when at the cinema are not interested in watching a foreign language film.
Many big budget films are remade and rebooted. We have recently seen Superman, Star Trek, Spider-man and Judge Dredd rebooted. And over the next year we will see Reboots of Robocop, Godzilla and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Remaking and rebooting films does however allow dated films to be shown to a brand new audience and this creates appeal to new generations. Even films from the 90s that are being remade can be remade today with better special effects and hopefully learn from the mistakes of the original. Remakes and reboots may be considered to be quick and easy money and defile the art but they do hold a purpose in the film industry.