June 5

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Movie Remakes

Years ago, movie remakes and re-imaginings were far and few between. The original The Thing and the remake are three decades apart from each other. Same with Halloween.

These days, remakes are becoming more and more frequent.

Especially with superhero movies.

Toby Maguire was our first cinematic Spider-Man. 

Only five years after Spider-Man 3, we had a new Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, in The Amazing Spider-Man movies.

And only one year after the second Amazing Spider-Man, yet another Spider-Man actor, Tom Holland, make his debut in Captain America: Civil War.

Leading to another series of movies with the third Spider-Man actor in less than one decade.

We've seen this with other movies. Superman, Batman, and Jurassic Park, to name a few.

So why are remakes coming faster and faster?

You could argue that it's to make money off the franchise.

But I think it's more interesting to consider this.

Every remake and reimagining has a different take on the characters and the stories. They're not reproductions of the previous films with modern technologies.

Side note: Someone did try to create a scene-by-scene remake of the Korean horror flick "#Alive" with American actors entitled "Alone." It was terrible.

I like to think that new takes on the same characters show that cinema is exploding with creativity and courage. And producers aren't afraid of breaking what was done before and creating it anew with frequency.

Long as each one improves upon the last. Or at least approaches it from a different angle.

So...what can you remake or reimagine this year in your work? I dare you to give it a try.

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