> Are they churning out the same film over and over?

So, I don’t know who else has been feeling it recently, but it seems that there is some overwhelming déjà-vu happening on the silver screen. New and shiny films are being advertised on the television and the sides of buses, only for someone (usually my parents) to tell me that they’ve seen it already.

It turns out that these films are mostly remakes, and that my parents have of course seen them, back in their day. There were so many in 2010; Fame, Clash of the Titans and the A-Team, and there shall be plenty more in 2011, with rumours of Footloose, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Godzilla. Like many, I can’t decide whether these remakes are worth the time and money or not. I remember when 101 Dalmatians was remade from a Disney cartoon; I didn’t even want to see it.

 However, I did give in and go and watch Tron: Legacy. Now, I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite having not seen the original for many years. But then it wasn’t exactly a remake. It was more of a sequel. Nonetheless I found myself interested, and it’s worth a watch in my eyes. Who needs originals with CGI like this?

Is this a sign that “Tinsletown” Hollywood is running out of ideas for new movies? It has been argued that remakes are just a way of making money, as the popularity of the brand from the original will carry over. It’s virtually a movie executive’s dream; all the money, half the effort. Tron was a cult classic, which drew in a large amount of viewers for the new remake, and this pattern will surely continue into the remakes of 2011.

There are however some positive arguments behind these re-vamps of old classic films. Some critics argue that they are not just made for monetary profit, but instead artists are taking advantage of new and improved technologies. This has included the explosion of 3D movies, like ‘box office smash’ Piranha 3D.

However, it is all too easy to compare any remake with its original, with either positive or negative outcomes. A lot of these remakes will be high grossing films, but what about us, the fans? The fans need to approve of these remakes, especially those of classics. Rumours abound that there will be a film remake of the classic Knight Rider. We all know David Hasselhoff has a lot of fans, but do we need to put him back in leather trousers? The suggestion that he could be replaced is laughable. There are clearly some big risks being taken in the remake of films, especially as it is such a tough, competitive and hungry business. Having said this, I can’t help but look at this in a good light. We get to enjoy films that were most likely before our time; revel in the hype of a potentially good film coming out, and most importantly, the cast will probably be hotter. Just don’t Hassle the Hoff.