Why is Hollywood obsessed with reboots and revivals?


Hollywood has become a stagnant puddle of ideas the last 10 years, as evident by them constantly scraping the bottom of the barrel and bringing back beloved cult classic franchises from the archives of the dead. Most if not all of these franchises or one-shot movies were not intended to have multi-million dollar reboots or start a new billion-dollar franchise. And let’s be honest with ourselves here as the movie-going public, has any of the reboots we got from Hollywood in the last 10 years bought anything new or interesting to the table? No. Do these movies have the same heart and creativity that the originals had when they were released? No. Are these reboots intended to be shameless cash grabs on nostalgia and the glory days of Hollywood? Yes.

Do we need these endless reboots and remakes? No. Are these movies going to leave a mark in cinematic history? Definitely not. And whenever I hear another cult classic movie being dug up from its grave, I can help but feel disappointed. And I ask myself why try to re-create the same story, the same memorable sequences when the only thing Hollywood is capable of these days is shiny CGI, headache enduring dubstep score, staring overpaid talentless actors. According to Insider, there are currently 28 reboots and remakes of popular television shows this year alone that are being planned by Hollywood and that is not even counting movies. It has become so bad that once a movie fails, there is almost immediately talks of rebooting it again. 

And this hasn’t become more evident with dismal failures of both the new Ghostbusters reboot that made a 70 million dollar loss at the box office and Ben-Hur having the dubious record of 2016 biggest flop losing over 120 million dollars. Not to mention The Fantastic Four reboot that made a loss of well over 60 million dollars. And Elizabeth Banks’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels which only made $55.8 million worldwide, which only just about covers the cost of its production. One of John McClain’s quotes from Die Hard 2 comes to mind: “How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?” If you cannot figure out the winning formula to make these reboots, then maybe you should not make them at all?

Tl;dr: Literally every single piece of media within the last decade has been a reboot of a pre-existing cult classic TV series or movie and it’s so vapid and soulless, unlike the original media these reboots are based off. And as a movie-goer, I am so tired of the endless cycle. What happened to creative creators with new stories to tell and characters to love?

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2 Responses to Why is Hollywood obsessed with reboots and revivals?

  1. quantumcat76 says:

    That’s because rebooting, remakes, reimaging and sequels have become lucrative. As has been proven in the past.
    They come with a built-in-audience, so the risks of losses are smaller than when it comes to new IP’s,
    However, they have become so lazy in making these derivatives, that the quality has dropped,
    Add to that the “woke infections” of these once great IP’s and the (built-in)audiences have started to turn their backs on the IP, so by now they start haemorrhaging money.
    (If the funding scheme isn’t up front, as with some netflix productions, or e.g. Knives Out)
    I wonder how long hollywood will continue on this foot.

  2. drnc11 says:

    Reblogged this on Crabby Commentary and commented:
    “Literally every single piece of media within the last decade has been a reboot of a pre-existing cult classic TV series or movie and it’s so vapid and soulless, unlike the original media these reboots are based off. And as a movie-goer, I am so tired of the endless cycle. What happened to creative creators with new stories to tell and characters to love (Suitably Bored, 2021)?”

    How did Hollywood become so stale, stagnant, and boring?

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