Because Hollywood has been churning out more remakes than ever in recent years, it seems like the movie industry has officially run out of ideas. How could a business worth hundreds of billions resort to uncreatively rehashing the same stories over and over? Why not try something different?
Here's the problem with this criticism: remakes have been around since 1902. In fact, some of the most celebrated movies including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Maltese Falcon, Some Like It Hot, The Ten Commandments, and The Wizard of Oz were all reboots.
Because recycling stories is often associated with laziness, some filmmakers have hidden the fact that their movies are remakes. You may not realise some of your favourite films are retellings because the original was made decades ago, had a different title, or was made in a different language.
Remakes may have a bad rep but a couple of them turn out well. Some of them aren't great. Some of them are better than the original. But there's one thing you can say about all of them; every entry on this list is not original.
James Egan has written 80 books including
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