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In A World Where Nothing Is New Anymore

“Life is trying things to see if they work.” — Ray Bradbury

You know, I thought about blogging today about Kanye and Trump v. Pope... and then this headline hit me:  "Emily Blunt in Talks to Star in Disney's 'Mary Poppins' Sequel."  That followed this week's announcement of the release date for the sequel to "Blade Runner" with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. (It's January 12, 2018, if you give a shit)  Then I dug a little deeper...  and here is what's on the horizon my friends:  23 Jump Street, Bad Boys 3 AND 4, Bad Santa 2, Barbershop 3, Dodgeball 2...  and then I had a stroke and couldn't make it through the Ds.

"Everything in the film business tends to be cyclic and hopefully this all drains itself out in a couple years and we’ll be back into original stories again." - Peter Jackson

God, I hope so, Mr. Jackson.  In the article where I pulled that quote, Jackson also says of remakes and rehashings - "I think that’s one of the most depressing things about the film industry generally today." AMEN!  Remember Robocop?  Point Break?  Conan?  Fuck, c'mon Hollywood.  I mean, I get it.  There are millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs on the line when it comes to making a film.  No one wants to be remembered as the one who brought the shit salad to the party.  But, as the same time, must screenwriters with new, fresh and unique ideas simply languish in contest hell because no one wants to get near their scripts?  Yeah, that's healthy.  Good luck with that.

"The thing is most people are afraid to step out, to take a chance beyond their established identity."  - Demi Moore.

You gotta love smart, attractive women.  And, in the interest of full disclosure, I've got features I've written that I would love to get in front of someone to read.  So when I say I could write better shit than the studios are puking back up on the big screen, I mean it.  But, allow me to clarify one thing - I am NOT anti-sequel.  Some are brilliant and needed.  Hell, I geeked out on the teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 8!  But... at what point does Fast and Furious become Stuck in the Slow Lane and Bitter?  I love the Rock.  But do we need a San Andreas 2?  Wait... lemme guess... big fuckin' earthquake strikes again?  Yup, fade to black. 

And... judging by some of the box office numbers, I'm not alone is my loathing of this trend of Production regurgitation.  Just don't give me Jupiter Ascending as a new movie offering.  Fuck that.  Give me something I sit there and say, "Damn, that was impressive and fresh."   And if you don't have anything handy, e-mail me.  I've got a few that may do just that.  - MO