Day Fourty-Eight – Reboot Me

17 02 2010

The trend of the Hollywood sequel seems to be mutating. No longer can you expect to see you character continuing a story that had a clear and definite ending, coming up with some half-baked excuse to try it all over again. Sometimes they even manage to round the gang up from the first film, even if they look like completely different people, for better or worse, this time around.

Now, you can expect to see the same story again. Different actors. Different crew. Same story.

While I welcome the Spider-Man reboot, I'm worried it'll open the reboot floodgates.

Welcome to the era of the REBOOT.

Ever since Spider-Man 4 became Spider-Man (2.0), it seems like there has been a new reboot announced every day.

Daredevil is trying again, after a bad movie followed by a worse spin-off.

The Terminator franchise is thinking of starting from the beginning, with new ownership taking over.

Superman brought Christopher Nolan on to “Godfather” a new interpretation of the Man of Steel.

Mortal Kombat is looking to start again, if it can make it through the courtroom in one piece.

I’m sure there are even more to list, but those are the speculative ones. This year alone, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Predators, Red Dawn and The Karate Kid will be re-imagining the beginnings of your favourite stories.

I think this is a little worse than any amount of sequels could bring along.

The benefits of doing a sequel is being able to stay with a character you already know through multiple different situations. It’s one advantage that television has had, and there’s no reason that movies can’t have the same advantage afforded to them. Not to mention, it allows you to have your character become a part of pop culture for many years to come. Would anyone remember James Bond if it ended with Dr. No?

The problem with the reboot is it runs the risk of telling the same story over and over. Though sequels can be guilty of this as well, it’s almost expected with a reboot. How many times can you be told the origin of Superman and still have it remain fresh and interesting?

A sequel assumes that the beginnings have already been established, allowing you to move directly into the fun part. The danger of the reboot is just that, you’re rebooting and will need to start from the very beginning. It lands you in an odd territory where you need to remain faithful to the material while still bringing a new take.

At the end of the day, I’ll take a sequel over a reboot…but would still prefer neither.




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28 02 2010
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