"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville
The headline from The Hollywood Reporter says it all - 'Ghostbusters' Is the Most Disliked Movie Trailer in YouTube History. *Sigh* When your unnecessary attempt to remake a classic ranks up there with the loathing reserved for the likes of "The Biebs," you know your up shit's creek. But, if you're a regular reader of this blog (and I thank you if you are!) you know... I called THIS! I said this movie would flop -- big time! It Is NOTHING new! And I Love Melissa McCarthy! I think she's great. But.. and let me shout this one more time for those in the cheap seats -- REMAKES DO NOT WORK!
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
Preach on, Henri! Here's something fun you can do. Just do a basic on-line search of Movie Remakes that flopped. Thanks to Google I got this "About 771,000 results in 0.38 seconds." Clash of the Titans, Karate Kid, Arthur, Conan the Barbarian... and the list goes on, and on, and on, and on... And you know what else goes on? Hollywood's endless obsession to keep shoving recycled drivel down our throats. But why? Someone, somewhere in Tinsel Town has convinced everyone else that the approach "Well, it worked before, so it's gotta work now." is actually a viable reason for green lighting reboots. And those that aren't, are pitching sequel after sequel. No one wants to take chances anymore because so much money is on the line. But I say... TAKE CHANCES... BECAUSE so much money is on the line. Do the math -- Remake flop (losses) is less than Original Script (potential modest gains). Something is always better than nothing, right?
"Trying to force creativity is never good." - Sarah McLachlan
She's right... so don't do it! It's like the old childhood statement about a fart - if you've gotta force it, chances are it'll turn into shit. Crass, I grant you, but you get the point. There are SO MANY great, unique, original scripts out there. Hell, I've got several myself. And, no, none of them involve super heroes or comic book icons. So, I guess that means thanks but no thanks, right? Look folks, as I sit here in Central California, I state that I am no expert. But, if I can see this (and I'm not alone) Hollywood must see it, too. So that tells me, despite all the evidence laid out before them, Execs are ignoring it at their financial peril. That also tells me there will be more remake rejects still to come. And THAT means more rants from me. So I got that going for me, which is nice. - MO