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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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), 3 Aug 2011 @ 10:18am

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    "a dozen examples in a slate of 1000 or so movies this year"

    OK, name some. I know of no movies that are coming out that aren't just remakes. Hell Avatar and District 9 (the two most unique movies in the past few years) were just taken from indie films several years before.

    Movie ticket sales are down due to the fact that it costs $10 just for one ticket in 2D non-IMAX. And when you get there, the video quality is crappy, the loud noises are too loud, the quiet is too quiet, the floors are sticky, the place stinks. Yeah, I don't go to the theaters any more.

    If Hollywood is failing so hard, maybe they should start looking at themselves first. They don't need to make $200 million to $500 million movies. They don't need to pay one actor $20 million. They don't need 90 writers working on something less complex then a book one person wrote by themselves. Maybe they should start making smart business decisions instead of spending money like the US government.

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