From Tinseltown to Remakecity: Is Hollywood Losing Its Creative Touch?

       I’ve always admired the creative sides of movie people, whether it be acting, original screenplays, music, or special effects.  Even the special effects of classics such as 1933’s King Kong, though considered hammy today, were well ahead of their times, and paved the way for the cutting-edge effects we see today.  

       But now I read that Hollywood is planning a slew of remakes of 1980s movies, including: 

  • Dirty Dancing
  • Footloose
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Fright Night
  • The Thing
  • Total Recall

       What was wrong with the originals?  Are the actors so much better today that it will make a significant difference?  Or is it all about the money – take a proven hit and try to make another proven hit?  I don’t know what the answer is, but if they touch The Goonies or Witness or The Princess Bride, I’m gone… 

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer 

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

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