Thursday, 26 July 2018

The theory behind TV reboots and remakes

We've all seen the promos for reboots and remakes of some of our favourite TV shows and movies:

Charmed
 
Miama Vice

 
Murphy Brown

 
Dynasty
 
The Munsters
Gilmore Girls
Tremors
Heathers
The Jetsons
Sabrina 
 


Just to name a few of the 50+ shows in line for a reboot.

We've also seen the many, many objections to reboots and remakes when there are so many great stories yet to be told. As a writer, I understand this frustration. I spend years writing a series in the hope that an adventurous TV or film producer will like my work and want to share it with TV and movie audiences. Except the production companies are more concerned with rehashing previously successful shows to a new audience.

Or are they really doing us a service we didn't know we needed but maybe we do?



Hear me out on this. In January 2014, I wrote a post about the rise of the superhero in movies. http://dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com/2014/10/superheroes-to-rescue-outsourcing-or.html

I wrote about the increasing number of movies where superheroes saved the world and how Hollywood has always mimicked he cries of civilization.

Here's an extract from original article:

The rise of superhero popularity coincided with World War II. Captain America was created prior to the United States involvement in the war, and the comic books depicted superheroes fighting Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. When the war ended, the superheroes had no villains to fight and their popularity died.

 
Axel Alonso, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, says, “Superheroes remind a child of the moral compass necessary to navigate a universe fraught with thrills and danger.” But most superhero movies are not animated, which suggests adults have always been the studio’s major target audience. If we go back as far as World War I we can find evidence that Americans were not eager to enter the war. This evidence is the propaganda posters the military used to recruit soldiers and encourage civilians to believe war was a good and honourable thing. The Uncle Sam poster is iconic even today and everyone associates it with a military recruitment drive.


Fast forward to 2018 and all we hear about now is how Hollywood is now planning reboots of our favourite shows. Why rehash the old, when we have so much new talent?

And here's my thought on this.
 Superheroes can save us from a supernatural or sinister enemy, but they cannot save us from the turbulence that our current elected leaders have created. They typically work for our leaders so they've become useless to us at the moment.

We're living in toxic times. There's a lot of anger and a lot of blame. We're drowning in waste. Killing the planet. Our children are dying in schools!! Trade wars are starting. Refugees are fleeing by the thousands to new homes.

I know what a lot of people are screaming. Stop the planet I want to get off!!!

That's when Hollywood steps. Call me a conspiracy freak, but do you remember how happy you were to tune into your favourite TV show each week? I do. I'd sit down to watch 3 feisty young women tackle demons and forget about my troubles. I'd tune in to see Don Johnson with his perfect hair and smile. And goodness, what did the gang get up to this week on Murphy Brown?

These shows are from a time when we were not worried about the oceans dying from plastic waste. We had jobs and lived in pretty houses on pretty streets with no idea people in other countries didn't even have running water. The biggest trade war of the 90s was between Coke and Pepsi. Life was good then.

This is my prediction. We'll see reboots and remakes for the next few years, maybe longer, while Hollywood tries to woo us with its nostalgia of a bygone era.


Will this stop me from writing my current series "Earth Quarantined". No. One day Hollywood won't need to remind us of the good times. We'll be living them.

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