Hollywood never loses…or does it? (May 2015)

Jamal Chatman

13 May 2015

Editorial/Entertainment story


Hollywood never loses…or does it?

The formula for modern Hollywood films include capitalizing on millions to make a film, then hoping it grosses in the million-dollar range. Box office sales, promotional tours, movie merchandise and more contribute to a film’s success. However, there has been a pattern in Hollywood in which producers, directors and film companies remake or reboot movie ideas.

What happens when audiences grow tired of stagnant rehashed plots and refuse to watch these films? Although disregarded by casual moviegoers, movie aficionados recognize originality is no longer a factor in film making. You win some, you lose some.

Remakes and reboots are two separate entities. Chud.com (an acronym for Cinematic Happenings Under Development) explains the difference as follows: “A remake is a straight re-telling of a story for the purpose of updating it for a contemporary audience, or making it accessible to a different culture or region.” Meanwhile, a reboot is a restart of an entire film franchise.

In 2012, Hollywood grossed $10.8 billion among six major film studios. Among these films, the top three grossing were “The Avengers,” “The Hunger Games,” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” which made between $400 and $600 million individually.

An overlooked reason for Hollywood lacking creativity is due to the craft of screenwriting and how it’s viewed. Screenwriters are hired to pen intricate details of a beautiful plot. Additionally, their job is to know what people want to see, hear and experience during the viewing of a film. Most plots still tell stories; however, some are readjusted to remain as high-concept films. High-concept films are films with simple-minded plots containing a lack of character development. In reality, the film producers are responsible for “writing” a film’s foundation through a secure financial backing.

The film industry remains true to entertaining, yet continues to strive for profit as the primary incentive. Self-proclaimed movie critics and enthusiasts depend on intuition to distinguish a good film from a bad one. This group won’t continue to entertain recycled films due to expanding interests in the salvation of movie plots. Meanwhile, causal movie goers tolerate remakes and reboots as these formats bring an aura of familiarity and limited taste in movies.

Original plots or not, Hollywood wins even when it loses.



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