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Bad sequels and remakes mirrors Hollywood’s unoriginality

Posted in Movie News on November 27, 2009 by Steve Mesa

It is official: Hollywood’s movie industry has moves aside creativity in exchange for unnecessary sequels and cliché remakes.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is considering making a sequel to the uber-successful Paranormal Activity. Phillipe Dauman, CEO of the studio, said “Our team will come up with the right creative and marketing approach”.
4,240 miles away in the Land of the Maple leaf, it was revealed that co-creator of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez, he and co-creator Daniel Myrick are “seriously” thinking about making another sequel. I wonder if that little nugget of information was shared after the reporter asked what he thought about the success of Paranormal Activity. Here is what written in The Toronto Star about the Blair Witch sequel:
They’re now at the point where they’re ready to do a Blair Witch 3, once again sharing writing and directing. They’d pick up from where the original left off, pretending Blair Witch 2 never happened. The duo recently went on a drive through their original Blair Witch haunts, about a half hour from Sánchez’s Maryland home, looking for inspiration. They’ve worked up a treatment for a new story, which would involve original cast members Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams, albeit in smaller roles. “We’re at the step where we’re about to pitch to Lionsgate, which owns the movie rights now. It’s pretty much up to them. They can completely squash it or greenlight it.”
Seriously, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was a complete and utter less trash that starred Jeffery Donovan, who has now made a name for himself as the star of the Miami-based and shot TV series Burn Notice. Note to Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Myrick: the reason that movie that did not really work was that there was no more story to be told after the original film. Just leave it be because there is no more mythology to develop.
This statement is also addressed to Mr. Dauman and the other executives at Paramount. If a sequel to Paranormal Activity is made, it will never live up to the success and expectations of the first film. There is no story left to be told. We do not want to see a continuation of the first film or a different couple being haunted by the same spirit.
Here is two examples of sequels that has been tarnished by the media and audience: Son of the Mask starring Jamie Kennedy and Dumb and Dumberer starring two nobody’s. Both films did not have their lead stars or original directors at the helm, hence instant failure. No matter what happens with the story, the formula for a successful sequel is the return of the original cast or lead star, sometimes the original director and a great story that lives up to the original. None of the movies that I have listed so far has done any of the following.
In the factory known as the movie industry, remakes are always made on the said factories’ conveyor belt of crap for some of these movies to relate to contemporary audiences. There has been a few diamonds in the rough with movies such as The Ring and The Departed. These movies worked only because the original films were made outside of the United States. The American-based films that are remade are bad or mediocre at their best.
There are three examples of the worst remakes ever to be made: Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho, director Jon Moore’s mind-numbing remake to Richard Donners’ 1976 horror film The Omen and the Nicolas Cage movie that is famous for the most over-the-top performance he has ever delivered which was bad and required his character to punch and kick women, aka The Wicker Man.
Those movies added nothing new to the film. It they did was set in contemporary times, used a different cast and recycled dialogue and story. Within the next year, a new wave of craptacular remakes are that are approaching includes Red Dawn starring Chris Hemsworth, Isabel Lucas and Josh Henderson. Who? Hold on to your seats because the next one is dozy as action superstar Jackie Chan, Oscar-nominee Taraji P. Henson and Jaden (son of Will) Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid.
Note to Hollywood: if you want to create any more creative films, I recommend you to class to your local elementary school and visit some kindergarten kids for some tips in creativity.