"Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar." - Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould
Ah, yet another San Diego ComicCon is in the books. And, as a Sci-Fi geek on the DL, I loved hearing and reading and seeing all that would and could be new with some beloved franchises. But, we also had some "losers" from this year, too. With that in mind, I found myself drawn to the recap from The Hollywood Reporter. So, here is one of their SDCC "Loser" selections (with my thoughts in bold and italics):
Loser: MacGyver - Following a season of reboot swings and misses (Season? This plague has been around longer than that!),the CBS remake hopes to bring original MacGyver Richard Dean Anderson on the series, which producers say will "honor the original show." (Wouldn't a better way to do that was to simply RERUN the original show?!) Only there isn't a show to speak of yet as the drama is undergoing major recasting (Read: the first people were shitty or didn't test well with audiences) and is on its third writer (Read: You can only get so much blood from a dead horse) ahead of a total pilot reshoot with a new director (Read: the latest person to draw the short straw with the Network and got stuck with it). This show is already in need of a MacGyver-level fix. (Read: NO amount of duct tape could fix it -- so why even try?!).
Apparently CBS does NOT read this Blog. Even I'm getting bored of bashing remakes that fail, flop and flounder. WHY does this phenomenon continue to baffle executives in Hollywood? I mean... if we've seen it before we don't really need to see it again. And you can dress it up with snazzy casting and special effects. But you don't change the basic gist of the show or movie. (Ben-Hur and Magnificent Seven, I hope you're paying attention.) In this day and age, you've really gotta sway the techno-savvy away from Pokemon Go and give them something new and different. And, what you're pitching and producing right now is NOT it.
"The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels." - Simone de Beauvoir
I think this is why Comic Book stuff is so big right now. Sure, we have the comics to use for source material. But having that story jump off the page and into three dimensions is the thrill. AND... the stories are increasingly pushing the envelop to bring the fans something new and original. Lemme say that again... NEW and ORIGINAL. Hmmm... and they're making millions and millions. Imagine that? I also theorize that's why "Based on a True Story" continues to do well, too. It gives us more than we've seen even if we know the story or circumstance. I've said it before and I guess I'll have to keep saying it... I've got ideas... new ideas... So all Hollywood needs to do is give me a call... or text.... or email... or fax... or telegram... or ... well, you get the idea. - MO