Reboot? Really? …….Bueller?

Okay I have done a post like this before, but nothing says beating a dead horse like this topic itself. This is Cinematic Drought Part 2/reboot/let’s do this again!!

CLICK HERE for the original post.

Okay! This time I’m including REBOOTS because to me that is a BS work around of a remake. “oh we’re just CONTINUING the story we’re not remaking it”……… BULL! Other than that, SAME PERIMETERS AS THE LAST POST!! I take the top 20 grossing films in the US of the year (this one being 2015, so far) and remove the films that (in my opinion) have been deemed originally made.

Here’s the top 20 for 2015 (so far on 9/25/15)

  1. Jurassic World
  2. The Avenger: Age of Ultron
  3. Inside Out
  4. Furious 7
  5. American Sniper
  6. Minions
  7. Cinderella
  8. Mission Impossible – Rouge Nation
  9. Pitch Perfect
  10. Ant-Man
  11. Home
  12. Fifty Shades of Grey
  13. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  14. Straight Outta Compton
  15. San Andreas
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road
  17. The Divergent Series: Insurgent
  18. To the Arctic 3D
  19. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  20. Spy!

So let’s start crossing those suckers off (with the reasons). In the last post I struck out movies that were original. In this post I’m striking out the ones that are not (so there’s no confusion and awesomely read my last post).

  1. Jurassic World – REBOOT!
  2. The Avenger: Age of Ultron  – whether I liked it or not, for consistency I had book/comic-to-film on the no-no list, though the comment left on the last made me re-think it I have to be consistent.
  3. Inside Out
  4. Furious 7 – this stays because it’s not a remake or reboot it’s #7 of  serious
  5. American Sniper – biopic’s are iffy but I’ll let it go
  6. Minions – this is a spin-off I’ll allow it
  7. Cinderella – REMAKE! If these *darker* fairy tale story re-dos us any darker of a filter you won’t be able to see the bullshit as much
  8. Mission Impossible – Rouge Nation – this may be up for debate, some might consider Ghost Protocol to be a reboot, therefore making RN a continuation of a reboot, but I’ll let this slide because between MI:III (2006) and MI:GP (2011) was 5 years, that’s less that the 6 between MI:II(2000) and MI:III (2006). This brings up the questions how long before another movie of the same world is allowed before it gets deemed a reboot (as opposed to a remake which includes character changes and retelling of the same story, i.e. Spiderman, we know the origin story can we move ON!)
  9. Pitch Perfect
  10. Ant-Man – sorry, comic-to-film
  11. Home – this is based off a book. The characters have the same names (except the aliens names, but in the book his name was J.Lo and they have Jennifer Lopez voice the mother, Lucy, so….same thing right?)
  12. Fifty Shades of Grey – despite it being total shit it is a book-to-film
  13. The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water
  14. Straight Outta Compton – despite being awesome it is a remake
  15. San Andreas
  16. Mad Max: Fury Road– to shorten the timeline to the “how long is too long before it’s a reboot question”: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome *#3* (1985) —- Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) 30 YEARS IS TOO DAMN LONG!! This sucker is a REBOOT!! And to make matters worse, they stick this movie in the middle of the timeline between Road Warrior and Thunderdome and #5 is between Fury Road and Thunderdome *anger snort* ! Let’s see how that continuity works out….
  17. The Divergent Series: Insurgent – book-to-film
  18. To the Arctic 3D
  19. Kingsman: The Secret Service – WELL DONE <—-bias cuz dats lyfe bruv (Though considered an adaption of the comic The Secret Service, it is loosely based on it and I feel it is different enough to be originally its own. Disagree? Should it be in the same boat as Marvel adaptations? Voice it in the comments.)
  20. Spy!

SO! Though reboots and remakes are annoying as hell! And the visions of suited men passing a giant stick around taking turns at beating a horse comes to mind, there is a good thing to take of this.

  • In 2004, 30% of them were remakes, re-do, ect. Done by this same method (dividing the number of remakes by the top 20)
  • In 2009, 45%.
  • In 2013, 60%.
  • In 2014, 65%.
  • Now in 2015 (so far), 40% which is huge trending back down to the level of originality we had in films 10 years ago.

So the PLUS side is that in terms of movies that are doing very well (top 20 at least) in the theaters and bringing in large profits are more original than they have been the past few years. A dramatic decrease in reboots and remakes give me some hope for the future of movies, but it also makes me wonder how long this will last? The year is not over just yet!!

Here is my research in chart form!! (Home was originally marked as  original, so the last tick should be a little higher).



*Gross numbers based on information from website

2 Comments so far:

  1. Well sequels are okay I’m talking about dusted off reboots and remakes having a sequel to a movie is just a continuation of something that was already established.

    Now with the mission impossible franchise and SpongeBob, I haven’t given much thought to small screen-to-big screen transistions.

    With age of Ultron the characters are exactly the same as the comic and all apart of the Marvel Universe with the Secret Service the characters are different the storyline is different the character relationships are difference it is pretty much like looking at the Sun and making a film about the moon.

  2. Mission Impossible is based off of a tv show, so all are a Remake, even if original scripts with better fx. Ditto SpongeBob. Pitch Perfect 2015 was a sequel, so strike it, too. Kingsman must go if Age of Ultron must. Furious 7? I haven’t seen, so cannot say, but looks suspicious to be safe.

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