Without Copyright, Hollywood Would Never Be Incented To... Make A Bunch Of Remakes?

from the nothing-new-under-the-sun dept

We keep hearing about how the entertainment industry needs strong copyright in order to create incentives for the creation of new and original content, saying that without such things, there would be no new creative works at all. And, at the same time, we have the very same people mocking any cultural attempts to build new content by remixing and mashing up old works into something new. So I'm curious to see how those same people explain the fact that Hollywood's entire focus these days seems to be on taking old works and redoing them, rather than creating new and "unique" stories:
In fact, over the next 12 months, audiences can expect to see a new episode or version of "Planet of the Apes," “The Avengers,” “Spider-Man,” “Fright Night,” “The Great Gatsby,” “When Worlds Collide,” “RoboCop,” “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” “The Thing,” “Creature from the Black Lagoon,” “The Raven,” “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Red Dawn” and “Footloose.”

Add those to recent updated versions of “Winnie the Pooh,” “Clash of the Titans,” “Karate Kid,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “War of the Worlds,” “Arthur,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “The Tourist” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

And deja vu happens when you turn the television on too.

This fall ABC are bringing back the 1970s series “Charlie’s Angels,” FOX is awakening “The Flintstones,” MTV has its hands on “Teen Wolf,” and we’ve already been slapped with Aaron Spelling’s “90210” and “Melrose Place” on the CW, while NBC re-imagined “The Bionic Woman” and “Knight Rider.”
But Hollywood is producing all these wonderful "new" and creative works, right? And remixing old works isn't creative at all?

Filed Under: hollywood, movies, remakes, tv shows


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  1. identicon
    Rich Kulawiec, 3 Aug 2011 @ 10:10am

    People want drivel...

    ...so Big Content gives them drivel.

    For every one of these intelligence-insulting feature movies, there are 10 low-budget films that blow it away. For every insanely vapid TV show, there's 10 more interesting things online. For every shallow untalented hack of a pop star, there are 10 wonderful musicians playing in your town or posting their work online.

    The trick is to wean yourself from mass-produced "culture" and seek out the individual efforts: the visions and craft and creativity of people who are making things not because they think they'll make $500M, but because they're artists and THAT'S WHAT THEY DO. Thanks to them, there are small bits of genius to be found almost everywhere -- and once in a while, a masterpiece.

    Hollywood is obsolete. The TV networks are obsolete. The record companies are obsolete. We don't need them any more.

    (And of course this is why they're frightened out of their minds: they KNOW this is true.)

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