Bring on the Lookalike Movies: Is Hollywood Losing Its Creative Touch? – Part 2

       Last week I wrote about the tendency of Hollywood creators to remake movies, some of them even classics. 

       My wife and I recently watched the movie No Strings Attached, and she remarked that it was just like Friends With Benefits, which had been released only 7 months earlier.  That reminded me of an article I recently saw in New York magazine about that exact subject; the article was titled, “Didn’t I Already See This Movie?”  It listed these pairs of lookalike films that have been released within a year of each other.  I’ve started with those that were released closest to each other, and have also indicated the year and number of days separating each pair; the box-office winner of each pair is listed first: 

  • A Bug’s Life and Antz – 1998, 49 days
  • Armageddon and Deep Impact – 1998, 54 days
  • Dante’s Peak and Volcano – 1997, 77 days
  • The Haunting and House on Haunted Hill – 1999, 98 days
  • Tombstone and Wyatt Earp – 1993-94, 181 days
  • Troy and Alexander – 2004, 194 days
  • Mission to Mars and Red Planet – 2000, 245 days
  • Save the Last Dance and Center Stage – 2000-01, 245 days

       I seriously doubt that creators in different studios coincidentally had the same idea at the same time, so what was it?  Espionage?  Fierce competition in the industry?  Perhaps a little bit of both… 

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