Remakes, Reboots, and Sequels are Redundant

Jacob Serrano, Staff Writer

Hollywood is always pumping out new films, but with every year it seems originality becomes rarer than before. Remakes, reboots and sequels seem to be more common than they were meant to be.

Many films like RoboCop, Texas Chainsaw, and Evil Dead, have been remade and are being planned to expand with sequels or even prequels. Universal Studios is even planning to remake all of their famous monsters such as Dracula and Frankenstein, just to have them exist in one universe. The problem isn’t expanding a cinematic universe which was clearly inspired by the success of Marvel Entertainment, the problem is how many times will we see the same plot carried on to the big screen.

Even though reboots try to grab an old franchise and change it up a bit for a modern audience, nothing new really seems to happen. It becomes a cycle with releasing a film with an interesting cast, a dark tone, and pop culture references.

Sequels have become more popular and more unasked for then ever before. How to Train Your Dragon 2Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and 22 Jump Street are all exceptions – they were highly demanded and were swarmed with positive reviews and box office revenue. Other films such as A Good Day to Die Hard, Grown Ups 2, and Scary Movie 5 are examples of films that might have had some pretty great prequels, but along the way, these franchises became a quick money grab from Hollywood with plots that are just unnecessary or badly handled.

“Remakes and sequels sounded like great ideas when they never happened,” said Pablo Gomez, a junior. “But now it just seems repetitive and there’s nothing exciting about those type of movies anymore.”

Even with a tiresome amount of reboots and sequels, Hollywood’s not even planning to slow down, as remakes are planned for films such as Stephen King’s It, the Bill and Ted series, and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. It’s just a matter of time before every beloved classic, or even terrible movie, gets a remake for a modern audience with tons of sequels ahead.