‘Repetition is the key for success’, that’s the mantra studio executives abide by in Hollywood. Consequently as Filmgoers and general audience, we are always anticipating for a modern-day look on our beloved past films and memories. Amid the robust technological reboot, it is now possible to look at Cinema with a fresh perspective.
It’s been a hundred years for Hollywood and thousands of films have been remade. The critical reception for them has always led to a comparison to the original. According to a recent article on Den of Geek, there are currently 93 movie remakes that are in work.
Typically we are not truly aware of every film that is being remade but when it comes to popular films or classics, there are mixed emotions in critics and classic lovers. These emotions also reflect the box office productivity of such films. For example, when ‘Robocop’, (2014) was announced, there were multiple speculations and buzz surrounded in the press. This certainly did not help when the film grossed a mere $58.6 million over a budget of $100 million. But there are emphatically some films that make the most of their existing stories. ‘The Karate Kid’,(2010) leads from a beloved movie and still manages to hold on its flavor both critically and commercially ($176 million in the USA and $359 million worldwide).
Therefore, remakes can never be extinct in Hollywood. The formula for this big industry relies on the fact “it worked once, and we thought it would work again”. Nonetheless, the formula shall fall flat if the connection they advertently cash on is squandered by unnecessary plot lines (Poltergeist, Total Recall, Footloose, and Carrie). However we never know what works in this tinsel town but based on the evidence, bringing in an idea for a remake may open doors in front of the executives.
Blog by Amara Singamsetty