Friday, June 11, 2010

Whatever Happened to Originality?

Today, yet another classic television show from years gone by opens in theaters as the latest summer movie blockbuster.

The A-Team movie opening today is a remake of the 1980’s action television show of the same name. Also this summer, MacGruber, a Saturday Night Live movie spoofing the MacGyver action show from the same decade has already begun.

Remaking classic television shows is nothing new for Hollywood – past summer movie seasons have opened with remakes of Charlie’s Angels, Miami Vice, Starsky & Hutch and The Dukes of Hazard.

But enough already!

Although some of these remakes aren’t bad – the first Charlie’s Angels movie was very well done, and the remake of Starsky & Hutch was so close to the original series, it felt like I was at home watching an old re-run on TV – leave the past in the past.

When I go to the movies, I want to get lost in a completely new world, with characters I’ve never met before, dealing with situations or subject matter which is new and different.

If I wanted to watch a classic television show, I’d just buy the DVD/Blueray – in many cases those even come with NEW material of their own, such as never before released outtakes, cast and crew commentaries, actor and character bios, behind the scenes footage and more.

SO, if the old original television shows can come up with new material, how come Hollywood’s biggest and brightest movie-types can’t?

Whatever happened to originality?

Is it really true that everything that will be thought of, already has been?

Truth is, although watching a remake of an old television show brings back warm and fuzzy memories, something completely different would have caught my eye more.

And this summer, the movies are anything but original.

Aside from remade television shows of the A-Team and MacGyver, this summer’s list of movies are based on plots, storylines and characters we’ve already seen before.

Morning Glory – due out in July – is the story behind the lives of a television cast and crew trying to put together a morning news and entertainment show each day. Sounds a lot like 1987’s Broadcast News, which is still recommended viewing by any broadcast journalist students today.

Killers which opens this month is about an undercover assassin that gets married and soon discover each others hidden lives. Remember Mr. And Mrs. Smith anyone?

And although vampire movies are cult classics, most follow the same storyline, and share the same commonalities of the living undead. So this month’s opening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, has undertones of The Lost Boys, Interview with a Vampire and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Again I ask – whatever happened to originality?

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