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  • AMG
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    I read an IndieWire article the other day, by Sam Adams, which suggests the extent to which the film industry is lacking true originality. 

     http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/just-how-unoriginal-are-hollywood-movies-and-does-it-matter-20150609

    In this article, it was found that out of the top 100 grossing films in each of the last 10 years, 38.5% of films were classed as truly original (Not adapted/sequel/prequel/spin-off etc). 

    Each year, the number of summer blockbusters based on comic books/YA fiction/previous films seem to grow and grow, while the true original gems seem to get pushed away to the far sidelines.

    Even some of the most original directors working today made their names in non-original films, such as Christopher Nolan.

    But at the same time, the box office is booming thanks to many of these adaptations/remakes/sequels. If they weren’t to exist in the extent to which they do, wouldn’t we be in a worse place for films financially? And if there was less money to be made from films, wouldn’t we all be bored with nothing to talk about on this site, apart from the few months of the year when the awards pushers all get released?

    So, what do people think about this article, and the claim that Hollywood is running out of original ideas. And even if they are, do you think that it matters necessarily? 
     

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    babypook
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    It’s Indiewire. They’re extremely biased.

    And right.

    Does it matter? As long as they keep fluoridating the water, nope.

    Does a bear shit in the woods I wonder?

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    vinny
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    I think the original ideas are still being made but sometimes they dont pay off. For example, in 2015 alone we have had two original ideas that flopped: “Aloha” and “Tommorrowland”. Actually heard something about the latter being a 140 million dollar flop today on the radio……so theres that too. I tend to see a mix of both remakes and originals and will freely admit that some remakes flop hard as well. The question I always ask myself is this: “Is a original flop better than a remake that does well?”. In my opinion, the answer is yes becuase as much as I love my sequels (Star Wars, Transformers, Fast and the Furious, etc), remakes (honeslty LOVED the Poltergeist remake, etc) and the non original ones, I feel like an original script is always going to be my favorite becuase you get to see creativity and more often than not a new spin or approach to a genre that makes you go “Wouldn’t have thought of that”. Probably just me I guess but I tend to watch movies in a weird way like that.

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    Yume166
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    It’s Indiewire. They’re extremely biased.

    And right.

    Does it matter? As long as they keep fluoridating the water, nope.

    Does a bear shit in the woods I wonder?

    Biased to who?

    But I do agree with you, does it matter? I do really think all these franchises and originals need each other. If the quantity is balanced I guess it’s okay, and franchises and adaptations usually already have its own fanbase, great for advertisement, which means more money.

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    babypook
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    [quote=”babypook”]

    It’s Indiewire. They’re extremely biased.

    And right.

    Does it matter? As long as they keep fluoridating the water, nope.

    Does a bear shit in the woods I wonder?

    Biased to who?

    But I do agree with you, does it matter? I do really think all these franchises and originals need each other. If the quantity is balanced I guess it’s okay, and franchises and adaptations usually already have its own fanbase, great for advertisement, which means more money.[/quote]

     

    You’re right!. They dont exactly “hide” the way the monies flow.

    I was thinking about the masses and the kinds of films they flock to…..I just cant bring myself to name some of them.

    On the other hand, there are some films which may or may not be “original” (not usually, but the delivery of them can amaze us) that I’m happy to see do well.

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    KyleBailey
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    This is why I defend Jupiter Ascending. I enjoyed it for the ride and also beacuase it was a breath of fresh air in originality 

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    Cheshire
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    If it’s great or even good, to me it doesn’t matter. My favorite movie of the year so far is Mad Max: Fury Road. In my top 5 favorite movies of all time, only one counts as original (Sunset Boulevard) and the other 4 are adaptation’s.

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    DominicCobb
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    Yeah, sequels are almost a necessary evil to keep the busniness afloat these days, it seems. A little unfortunate because original stuff rarely gets a chance these days when it comes to big budgets (original movies are of course thriving with low budgets). The silver lining is that many of these non-originals are actually quite enjoyable, and, in some cases, the highlights of the summer movie season (as Fury Road currently is, in my opinion).

    Also, I find it hard to complain about sequels this year given that fucking STAR WARS is coming out. If for nothing else, all the unoriginality will be worth it for that.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Seeing how many sequels and remakes are flooding the movie theatres these days, I’m inclined to say… yes.

    However, since every plot development and storyline has been done already, true originality is impossible.

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    Jake
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    To be fair, Hollywood isn’t lacking any true originality. It’s just not always that willing to properly risk. Otherwise Charlie Kaufman would be making one film per 2 years. It’s almost devastating that we have to wait so long for his follow-up to “Synecdoche, New York” as various projects of his were cancelled because of money issues. His body of work is so impressive that he deserves more – ambitious audience needs him like right now. 

    In the end it all comes down to promotion, right? Typical viewer might know the characters from the book and be interested in film version but usually he/she doesn’t know its source material and it doesn’t make that much of a difference. With proper promotion and talent behind the film every single title will find its audience. I for one am very interested in the movie that Coen brothers are filming right now, “Hail, Caesar!” about 1950s Hollywood fixer. Should be fun.

    And I know we are all talking about the money, but judging on the quality of the – let’s say – Oscar writing categories, Adapted doesn’t even stand close to Original at least since mid-1970s – “Chinatown”, “Dog Day Afternoon”, “Network” and “Annie Hall”, what a breathtaking set of consecutive winners. Don’t forget that the only Oscars “Chinatown”, “Citizen Kane”, “Her”, “Pulp Fiction” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” won were for Original Screenplay(s). Since late 1990s field is again especially strong in that category, not to mention how last year 3 overall frontrunners were all original creations and adapted winner was such a boring choice that won probably by default. So quality is there, budgets be damned. 

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