Finding a truly original film to come out of Hollywood these days is as difficult as finding the door to Narnia. Getting really excited about watching a movie you’re willing to spend your money to go to a theater for is few and far between. Comparing the types of movies we have now with what we got back then, it really does make you long for the glory days of the “wow factor” that has gotten lost amidst studio execs wanting the most bang for their buck and being too scared to take any measurable risk if it’ll hurt their bottom line at the end of the day.
I’ve discussed the topic of Hollywood being bloated over with tons of remakes, book adaptations, and sequels in a previous GFN post. Looks like Hollywood isn’t looking to stop that machine anytime soon. It has been recently announced that a Terminator reboot is in the works with Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame confirmed to play the iconic role of Sarah Connor in these planned trilogy of films. Also getting the reboot treatment is the 1980s Naked Gun films. The Hangover and Office star Ed Helms has been announced to take on the role the late Leslie Nielsen made famous.
I haven’t watched any of the Naked Gun films, but have watched the original Terminator and Terminator 2 films. While I do enjoy Clarke’s work as Daenerys Targaryen on Thrones, I’m actually not too thrilled about Hollywood doing a complete reboot of a well-known and established franchise. Linda Hamilton made those two films her own as the badass Sarah Connor, who also happens to be the mother of the future savior of the world John Connor. Seeing anyone but Linda Hamilton in that role will be a little hard to swallow.
The problem with reboots is a lot of the films Hollywood chooses to introduce to a newer generation is barely that old to really need a fresh take––Terminator was released in 1984 and Terminator 2 came out in 1991. I’d maybe understand an urge to reboot the series if several decades have gone by, but it really hasn’t. Hollywood is bored and out of ideas and are looking to the past to see what film franchises made a ton of money in the hopes they can replicate that same success by getting a whole new cast using the same story.
The reboots may look and feel new, but those who have seen the originals know better. Why ruin something that ain’t broke? Isn’t the point of Netflix, Redbox, or any number of movie rental services available to us supposed to give the old and new generation a chance to watch films of today and yesterday with relative ease? Maybe the kids of the 2000s have never heard of Terminator, but just rent the damn movie! We don’t need reboots to make it shinier and appealing to the new generation.
Maybe my movie viewing habits have gotten a little jaded over the years, but in spite of that, I’ll most likely end up catching the reboots out of my own twisted curiosity. Just don’t expect me to waste money on a movie ticket either. At least there’s a comfort in knowing the originals are still out there to remind me of a time when Hollywood wasn’t always the shell it has now become when it comes to thinking of creative story ideas.