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January 06, 2006

Are film–makers running out of ideas?

It occurrs to me that the numbers of really original films being released at the moment seems to be at a very low ebb. A vast majority of new releases are:

  • Remakes of old films:
    The Thomas Crown Affair, The Italian Job, King Kong, The Producers, Assault on Precinct 13, Amityville Horror, Dawn of the Dead, The Manchurian Candidate, War of the Worlds, Stepford Wives, Taxi
  • Sequels:
    Shrek, Legally Blonde, Spiderman, X-men, Pirates of the Caribbean, Charlie's Angels, Miss Congeniality, Oceans 12
  • Extensions of TV series or comic books:
    Charlie's Angels, Dukes of Hazzard, Starsky and Hutch, The Avengers, Daredevil, X-men, Thunderbirds, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Electra, The Punisher, Hellboy, Batman, Superman
  • Book adaptations:
    Bridget Jones, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Memoirs of a Geisha, Brokeback Mountain, The Jungle Book, Lemony Snicket, Paycheck
  • Adaptations from computer games:
    Resident Evil, Doom, Tomb Raider

And many of these fall into more than one category! Further than this, many others (particularly RomComs) seem to be just a rehashing of the same basic story with slighty different particulars.

I'm not saying that these films are of no merit; far from it. It's just that film-based creativity seems to be decreasing, which is a shame.

Or do we have to look elsewhere? My labmate Vib says that the best film she's seen for a long time was Indian.


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