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Are there too many movie remakes and reboots?


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Is it just me or is there no need to remake Point Break, like at all, just like there was no need to remake Red Dawn.

 

Both where awesome, there is just no need.

There was "no need" to remake The Fly, Universal's monster movies or a hundred other remakes that had good-to-great originals, such as Cape Fear, but I'm glad they did.

 

If you don't want to see the remake of Point Break, then don't. The release of the remake won't make the original film any worse a movie, but there is a chance they do something good with the updated setting.

 

I mean, there was no need to remake Man on Fire, Heat, The Thing (debates on whether it's a remake or not aside), Oceans Eleven, 3:10 to Yuma, Dawn of the Dead, Little Shop of Horrors, The Bourne Identity, Brewster's Millions, Scarface, True Grit, The Magnificent Seven, All Quiet on the Western Front or Ben Hur, but each of these remakes were fantastic in their own right.

 

Let it come out and then slate it by all means, but don't dismiss it as wank just because it's a remake.

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The 1989 remake of Night of the Living Dead is one of my very favorite movies of all time. I agree something's may seem like they don't need to be remade but you never know if they're gonna be any good until they come out.

 

I'm okay with remakes. Like DC said, they don't make the originals any less awesome if you prefer them. I love Point Break and I'll see the remake just out of curiosity. I won't pay to see it, but I'll still see it and if it sucks it won't change how I feel about the original at all. Same with all remakes really.

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I think my main frustration with remakes and reboots is the time, effort and money that could be used on original ideas when some of the films are still quite recent and really without flaws.

 

Yeah there are great remakes and sometimes when you have an idea that is promising but underwhelming and a reboot improves it then fine but in times like this, with Point Break, it just smacks of money grubbing and a lack of creative juices.

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i like a good remake to see how they can improve or ruin a good story. its the same for me as reading a book then watching the movie or vice versa. i enjoy comparing the two and deciding for myself what was best. i said about stephen kings IT the other day how differently the tv movie and book are then thought how better the movie would of been if they had of not changed alot. but i can see that they might not of had the best of budget back then.
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I think my main frustration with remakes and reboots is the time, effort and money that could be used on original ideas when some of the films are still quite recent and really without flaws.
Point Break has flaws and it's from 1991, so 24yrs isn't exactly recent.

 

Another thing to consider is that original does not automatically equal great in the same that way that remake / sequel / prequel / reboot does not automatically equal poor.

 

A list of the 10 worst movies ever made will feature more original movies than remakes, etc (subject to taste, obviously), while a list of best movies (again, subject to taste) will feature a number of remakes, etc.

 

Here's an old thread, focusing on why horror remakes are not the spawn of Satan (unless it is actually a remake of Spawn of Satan), which pretty much sums up my reasons for advocating remakes as a good thing.

 

Why the current trend for horror remakes should be encouraged, not shunned...

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  • 2 weeks later...

They've been remaking The Crow for years now (I even started a thread on it in 2009 - although my stance has mellowed since then).

 

As for defending it; the sequels (which I enjoyed, for the record) didn't affect the quality of the original, so the remake will not either.

 

The new film has gone through a few directors and leading men (Bradley Cooper was in the role at one point), but Luke Evans will now be Eric and I think he'll do a damn good job.

 

In addition, it's going to be different from the Brandon Lee / Alex Proyas original as it's going to be a more literal (at least from the story aspect) translation of the comic and James O. Barr is involved in the creative process, so I am looking forward to it.

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OK, in a timely update to the above comment, Luke Evans has officially left the project and no-one has been named as taking over.

 

The production has been troubled from the start and with no start date in place, this looks like it could still be a long way off.

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