“Mad Max,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “RoboCop,” “21 Jump Street,” “Dark Shadows,” and “Poltergeist.” One thing all these recent films have in common is that they are reboots, or remakes, of their 1970-1980’s originals. It seems like the generation of yesterday is recreating its childhood for the generation of today.



Other classic 1980’s films, such as “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “Stephen King’s It,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” “War Games,” and “Ghostbusters,” are also rumored to be in the line up for a reboot, or are already in production. Is Hollywood trying to do the same trick twice?


Promo image of the actors from the original "Fast and Furious" film

The “Fast and Furious” film franchise already has seven films with the promise of an eighth. (centerblog.net)

It is not just films from the past that are being brought back from the dead. Film franchises like “The Fast & The Furious,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” are cranking out movies nearly every year. The film franchises are starting to resemble a TV movie special that needs 6 to 8 hour long episodes in order to tell the whole story.


This pattern of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs is nothing new for Hollywood. Crime-dramas, like “Dirty Harry” and “Death Wish,” called for more movies after achieving box office success. A pattern emerged in the 1980’s with action movies like “Rambo,” “Rocky,” and “Die Hard.”


Is Hollywood running out of original ideas? The film industry is like any other business; it wants to make the maximum amount of profit possible. Remakes, reboots, and sequels are an easy way to make big box office numbers. When a studio makes a remake or a sequel, they are working with an existing target audience, story idea, and fan base, so they do not have to invest as much money into marketing the film.


If you are tired of seeing the same movie titles being released every year, then the independent film industry is where you want to shift your attention. Indie films are still inspired with creative, original, ideas.


Do you think Hollywood is running out of ideas, or merely trying to milk their cash cows? Tell us what you think, or find me on Twitter @jesusgreaser to chat about it.