Everyone knows that I have mixed feelings on doing reboots of TV shows that were hits because I think it is very rare that a reboot does justice to the original. And we have a ton of reboots that are possibly in the works for some of our favorite childhood shows. Check out this article I did to learn about a few. Well, now it turns out that we have just as many (if not more) reboots of movies to look forward to in the next few years. And not only do we have reboots coming, but now film companies are pouncing on to the idea of doing prequels…for, like, EVERYTHING!!!
Dirty Dancing, The Mummy, The Hunger Games, Twilight, Saw, and The Expendables are all in the running to get either a remake or a prequel in the near future. C’mon people? Are writers just that out of ideas that we have to milk every single penny out of these movies???
Dirty Dancing is getting a 3 hour remake on ABC with Abigail Breslin taking on the role of Baby. No word on who will step into the role of Johnny Castle made iconic by Patrick Swayze. I know commercials have to be factored in but 3 hours?? Seriously? The original movie was less than 2 hours. Are we really ready to let our memories be tainted by a remake? Nobody puts Baby in a corner…like Donald Sutherland. I’m just not ready.
And what about a remake of The Mummy? Tom Cruise is in talks to star with Sophia Boutella rumored to be stepping into the role of the Mummy. I will admit that I do like the idea of a female Mummy, but I just think it is too soon. The Mummy debuted in 1999 and was a box office success. And there were plenty of sequels to follow up on that success. The last of which premiered in 2008. Not to mention this series was already a remake of films that were made in the first half of the 20th century. Please tell me why we are already in need of another remake!
And let’s not forget all of the prequels that are in beginning stages. Lionsgate is getting quite greedy. They want to max out the monetary value of some of their biggest franchises, including The Hunger Games, Saw, The Expendables, and Twilight. And I fear that the authors like Suzanne Collins and Stephanie Meyer will jump on this bandwagon and possibly agree to write prequels for these series. And there is nothing worse than an author being forced to revisit characters that she was done with. Although, Meyer doesn’t seem to mind. Yes, I am taking a dig at the ‘bonus material’ Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined. But I digress. I just feel that this is such a testament to how money-hungry the industry is. They need to truly max out a franchise until it becomes so unrecognizable from the original that fans can’t bare it anymore…and then they just keep making the movies with D-list actors and sending them straight-to-DVD.
So I am calling for a halt to all of these reboots and prequels. I can’t take watching films that I really enjoy become hot messes. I just can’t.
Do you want more remakes and prequels? Which ones will you watch and which ones can you not stomach?