Skip to comments.Sequels, Reboots And Remakes Are Bombing In 2017 — Is 'Franchise Fatigue' A Reality Or A Buzzphrase?
Posted on 07/09/2017 5:37:26 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Each month brings a fresh headline containing Hollywood's favourite new buzzphrase, "franchise fatigue." As big-budget sequels from The Mummy to Transformers: The Last Knight stutter to a halt, the consensus reached by news coverage suggests a collective, audible yawn from audiences, as they grow weary and tired of recycled and repackaged films. But is franchise fatigue really a pressing issue for movie studios to address, or is it nothing more than a buzzphrase, a product of anti-franchise bias?
The full story of #boxoffice trends is complex and impossible to define in two words alone (lucky for you, this article has almost one-hundred times more). There are a whole host of factors in play: domestic performance, international success, profits made in comparison to the film's budget, marketing costs... it's dizzying, isn't it? In an attempt to find answers and quash the vertigo, I spoke to Doug Stone from Box Office Analyst, who has jumped headfirst into the ocean of numbers to make sense of it all.
Before we share Doug's findings, it's worth exploring why the term has surfaced in the first place. A significant majority of the top-grossing movies in recent years were created from the foundation of an already-existing concept or shared universe, and while sequels and reboots have been a part of Hollywood for years, franchises have elbowed their way to the front of the blockbuster queue, and stubbornly dug their heels into the ground. Their consistent rise in popularity has been helped by the boom of comic book adaptations and the super-profit serum of the MCU, which has made Disney almost $12 billion from 15 movies since 2008.
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That movies have to be politically correct these days is part of the problem. Writers are boxed into less innovation and free thinking. Makes movies boring!
There are tons of classics that could be redone.
Gunga Din comes to mind, The Man who would be King..
The stuff they recycle now is twaddle
How about, “they suck”?
There are “remakes/reboots” etc. and then there is the belief that there are only a handful of stories/conflicts/plotlines anyhow. And yet some successful narratives still come from cliches and old genres.
But I don’t culturally understand more Spider-Man reboots. Origin stories are lame. Legally they make sense to prolong studio ownership. Might as well remake Thunderball one more time.
Do we need to know WHY James Bond does it? Do we need to see the origins of each and every villain or partner agent he encounters?
Spider-Man is doing well, and I’d expect the Planet of the Apes film to do well.
Other than that, I’m a little comic book fatigued, but I’ll still see most of them.
“Reboots” in general don’t have to suck, but they just decide to do them without any purpose or reason in mind other than make money, and they think that they can retell the story better than the original. Usually they can’t.
Modern audiences and the Academy have no use for white male heteronormative imperialist tales.
Hollywood does this all the time, crying about how nobody goes to movies anymore for whatever reason. I swear, unless it’s the first matinee or the last showing, the places are packed with penguins.
According to the books, James Bond was a WWII veteran.
Time to retire him & dream up another SIS superstar.
The view from the Hollywood bubble is the thing bombing.
After Sean Connery in the ‘60’s, there hasn’t been a “James Bond”....
Time to reboot the whole James Bond franchise, set the tales 60 years in the past, and base them ON THE BOOKS THIS TIME.
Think of how many movies wouldn’t get made today. Animal House is one that comes to mind.
For me, the cure is more films like The Accoutant.
Decades ago, one of our younger adult children, at the wise age of 21 had a clarity of thought re what came out of Hollywood.
He said there was nothing new. Everything was a rehash and nothing was really new. Since, then the prequels and version 12-30 were it.
He hasn’t seen a movie in a theatre nor rented one since then. Most of his peers agree with him.
They had rather meet at their Cheer’s type pub or restaurant or get together for meals at someone’s home, that were divided up re who brings what aka simple and deluxe pot look!
Hollywood doesn't have to redo anything. The problem is, there is a dearth of both originality and creativity, as well as a disregard for what heartland America wants to see.
I would love to see a George Washington trilogy - each movie based on his early years, during the American Revolution, and his Presidency and last days. But Hollywood doesn't have the guts to do it, because they hate middle America.
Connery has been awesome in every movie he made...
I’m good with that!
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