There has been a recent influx of movies that are being remade, re-imagined and rebooted. It's an easy indication that Hollywood is trying to milk a dead cow for all that it's worth before it is too late. One can say that Hollywood is running out of ideas, I agree with that whole heatedly. As much as I would love to see another Bill and Ted movie, chances are it's going to fail because people are only going to want to see it for the nostalgia.
One of the biggest failures in recent memory is the Ninja Turtles movie. I knew right off that the movie was going to fail as soon as I saw the first preview. There was too many drastic changes to the characters. Having Megan Fox in there didn't help any either, especially after she basically said that all the haters are going to watch it so shut up and pay the money to see it. That statement right there is what final nail in the coffin for me and to this day, I have never seen either of the new movies.
Another failed movie adaptation is Ghostbusters. Yeah, it was a cool idea to continue the series, but once people were told that this is a complete reboot and it has nothing to do with the original, it killed the whole idea for me. After the movie came out, you find out that they referenced the original movies. I remember thinking, if this has nothing to do with the original, why are they still referencing it? To me, I think they realized that if they didn't reference it, fans of the franchise will see it as a sad attempt at an original story line in a franchise that should be left in the past.
When the Power Rangers reboot came out, I knew it would fail before the first trailer came out. I saw the production stills of the Power Rangers suits and I immediately said, "No, this isn't the Power Rangers.". You can't have the Power Rangers look like Iron Man knock offs and get away with it. Once you change the characters this much, there's no going back. Especially since this is still an ongoing franchise and none of the rangers look like that on the show.
Let's not forget the Longest Yard. The original was great for what it was back in the 70's. They used natural talent and acting abilities to get the story across and they did an amazing job. In the 2005 version, they relied on big names in the wrestling, football and comedy worlds to draw the crowd and even had a cameo from Burt Reynolds to help draw the older crowd, another nostalgic attempt to draw a crowd. Don't get me wrong, they did a good job for a remake, but it wasn't near as good as the original.
Honestly, I don't think they'll ever be a movie that outdoes it's predecessor. Original movies will always outshine newer versions because it will always get the attention first. It's nice to see these attempts, but it's just another attempt at Hollywood trying to take your money for the same recycled story.
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