Hollywood Out of Ideas?
2011 is the year of the sequel!
it has become a rarity to find an original concept in modern, mainstream cinema with every film out these days either a book adaptation, a remake, a sequel, or a remake of a sequel of a book adaptation (im looking at you planet of the apes).
So the question lies, is Hollywood out of ideas?
With the recent releases of films like “the tree of life” and the latest harry potter, there seems to be an obvious hollywood trend of book adaptatins and sequels flooding the cinemas ( no matter how epic they may be).
So, is the glamorous film factory running dry of creativity? or is it just a matter of make whats already liked, make what sells?
Soon Hollywood are planning to release another
remake ”re-imagining” of Pierre Boulle’s famous novel planet of the apes, made with the help of a massive budget and the bait of hollywood heavyweights such as Steven Speilberg and actor James Franco. There are also plans to release adaptations of the immensley popular girl with the dragon tatto series ( already a successful film franchise in sweden) with A listers ala Daniel Craig, said to be one of the most anticipated films of the year, clearly showing that Hollywood are very keen to invest in these projects.
More evidence for the notion that the industry’s run dry, comes in the tiring form of the sequels.
2011 has been set to be the year of the sequels with a record breaking 27 being churned out for cinema goers’ pleasure, with new sequels coming from franchises like pirates of the carribean, transformers, harry potter, alvin and the chipmunks (seriously), mission impossible, Twilight, Final destination, The Hangover, sherlock holmes and even another shrek sequel (Puss in boots, with a puss in boots 2 in production). It seems that any kind of film concept that survived the box office with a profit Must be exhausted for all its worth (and all its not).
Does this mean that Hollywood are incapable of originality, or that they are only open to concepts that they know will churn in the dollars, considering the ever decreasing amount of people willing to pay for a film at the cinemas and the increasing amount of big budget films struggling to break even.