With the economy continuing to slump along at a snails pace, Hollywood studios are still unwilling to take a risk on new ideas. What does that mean for us? Remakes. Lots and lots of remakes. If a story already has a built in audience, then it’s sure to sell. Right?

The problem is, we’ve been in this slump so long that the studios are really scraping the bottom of the barrel. There’s no creativity, nothing new for the audience, no exploring new worlds. It makes me feel like they’ve lost their passion, and that makes me sad.

Here’s what we have to look forward to this next year:

The Lone Ranger

Um… cool hat, Johnny. Yep, that’s Johnny Depp as Tonto. With a dead bird on his head.

Gore Verbinski and Disney have decided to spend $70 million to recreate this classic western. I’ve never been a fan of The Lone Ranger. Westerns aren’t really my thing, but Gore and Johnny have done well in the past. The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a lot of fun. Well…at least the first one was.

Here’s the question though, will this movie show us something new or are they taking something that was once popular and are now trying to bleed a few more pennies out of it?

RoboCop

A remake of RoboCop? Really?

To me, RoboCop was always more of a novelty than any sort of super hero. The picture above is the concept art of what the new RoboCop could look like, and from what I’ve read, it seems we’ve done this all before in a little move called Iron Man. Ever heard of it?

The Director of the film, Jose Padilha, isn’t well-known and the writers Joshua Zetumer and Nick Schenk have few feature-length screen credits between them, so I worry the die-hard fans of RoboCop will be sorely disappointed by this film.

At least Omni-Corp has cranked out a few new products:

Ninja Turtles

Michael Bay’s obsession with taking our childhood memories and blowing them up is going to get him beat up some day. He’s ruining our beloved radioactive turtles by turning them into space aliens. He even has the audacity to drop “Teenage Mutant” from the title.

Like I said, there is some benefit in modernizing something old, but to completely change something so well loved by an entire generation is unacceptable. You don’t mess with the classics!

Taking a Risk

The irony here is that innovation and creativity are what’s needed to break us out of this rut.

It drives me crazy that there are so many new authors out there like Cameo Renae telling new and amazing stories. Filmmakers shy away from them though, because without a built in audience there is a big risk that the adaptation may not be successful. Audiences get frustrated with remakes upon remakes, ticket sales go down, and the Studios get even more desperate. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Show the audience something new. Take us to a world we haven’t seen before. I say it’s worth the risk.

If you’re like me and this is the sort of film experience you are looking for, then support the daredevil independent filmmakers. Otherwise you may have these remakes to look forward to.

How do you feel about all these remakes?

Katie Baker

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Katie was born and raised on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. She thinks all dogs are boys, all cats are girls, and all giraffes are French.

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