Take Two: Why Remake or Reboot a Movie?


If the 2017 lineup of movie releases doesn’t give you deja vu, I don’t know what will. Remakes and reboots are making a comeback this year with over 10 being released within the first three months of 2017. These movies bring a sense of nostalgia and an opportunity to present a fresh and updated take on some of our favorite stories.

While many in the industry think the word “remake” itself carries a tainted connotation, several of these adapted films have been some of the highest rated. According to Rotten Tomatoes, movies such as Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006), a remake of Internal Affair (2002) from Hong Kong and David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986), a remake of Kurt Neumann’s 1958 film of the same title, rank amongst the best films in the last 50 years.

“Remakes are important because the beliefs and values of a society change with both location and time,” said CSULB Freshman and computer science major George Flores. “A remake allows for adaptations and changes so that it can better suit an audience.”

While some may be excited to revisit some of their favorite characters through a modern lense, others view remakes and reboots as a cheap ploy for blockbuster movie studios to make a quick buck off of movie fanatics.

“The vast majority of these productions are motivated primarily by money,” said Julian Dell, a CSULB freshman and film major. “A nostalgic brand that people will recognize will probably get more people in the seats”

Just last year, one of the movies that created the most buzz and controversy was the reboot of Ivan Reitman’s fan favorite Ghostbusters (1986). The 2016 film adaptation was directed by Paul Feig and starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Many fans of the original franchise disliked Feig’s take on the story, and the film was not entirely well-received. Fan disapproval of this film brought to question whether remakes and reboots are ever necessary, and if they could ever damage the reputation of the original movie.

“A reboot can never take away from the original version,” said Dell. “The original still exists, and isn't going anywhere.”

“Reboots and remakes can make people aware of the fact that there is an original and inspire them to seek out the original and watch it,” said CSULB sophomore and film student, Carlos Villicana.

Love them or hate them, movie remakes and reboots aren’t going anywhere. So sit back, relax and enjoy a second take at some of your favorite classics, comedies and thrillers.

Here are five movie remakes and reboots coming to theatres this year:

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