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Today's Poll: 03/29/2015

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With sequels, prequels, and remakes becoming more prevalent these days, do you think Hollywood is running out of ideas? Submitted By Team Swagbucks, CA
Yes, I am tired of sequels, prequels, and remakes
Yes, but I don't mind
No, there are plenty of fresh ideas
Other/Undecided (explain in comments)
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lk24
on 03/29/15
I think there is creativity and there are new things; Hollywood is simply too afraid to use them. Hollywood, like much of the US is solely profit based now, so funding is based on "did it work before," not on anything new and innovative.
promotions
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 liked this  
I'm tired of sequels, prequels, remakes and comic book movies.
mgtheman
on 03/29/15
Sequels and prequels can be good but often not— and at their worst, they can even ruin the original.

Remakes are almost always lousy and can easily ruin the original.

As for "comic book movies," well...

Comic or movie, anything made by Deevel or MarCee is absolute schlock and anything based on it almost certainly is but there ARE good comic books which could, in theory, be made into good movies.
jsm8900
on 03/29/15
I hate that george lucas sold out to disney. But it will not keep me from seeing episode 7
mgtheman
on 03/29/15
Honestly, there's no way Star Wars can get any WORSE from being Disney-owned.
estine2522
on 03/29/15
it seems that way. and also, how many new movies have there been lately that have been based off books. TONS!!! It really makes you question the creativity in Hollywood. Lately, the most creative movies seem to be kid movies - being that they are somewhat original and not based off something someone else already created.

That being said - I would really like a see a better, more in depth remake of Gone With The Wind. They romanticized that book too much in the movie and took 2 kids away from Scarlett.
JRlilley
on 03/29/15
Brenda14717 liked this  
Some are ok, but I quit watching movies a long time ago since all they seem to make these days remake or not are trashy, full of nudity and terrible language. Which leaves very little unless there is a Bible related movie.
mgtheman
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
Trashy, full of nudity (and sex) and terrible language?

I didn't know they made a Bible movie that was actually true to the book! What's it called?

Honestly, Game of Thrones is probably the closest thing to the Bible you'll find in any visual medium these days.
kimart4974
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
I don't think they are running out of ideas, I think it's just easier to work off of what someone else has already done. People will never run out of ideas for movies.
Thain
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
I think you're close, however I believe it is more to due with financial risk than ease of production.
picklesthe24th
on 03/29/15
Was a lot of trash in the past. When we think of good back then usually thinking about 30 years or so or more but when we think of good now it is a much shorter period of time. 30 years surely will have more good movies than 10 years would. people seem to forget a lot of what they did not like and remember a lot of what they did like so remembering is a big key to this plus the older a person gets usually the less they like. what can be done now that does not resemble something in the past not as easy as you'd think.
cab1087
on 03/29/15
kaseyjoness and 2 others liked this  
The only thing I hate more is reality shows
mgtheman
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
You get: MORE REALITY SHOWS!

Sorry, reality shows are cheap to make. It's the same reason your inbox is inundated with spam.

It's also why Power Rangers managed to be one of the longest-running shows on television— it was extremely cheap to make because it was mostly stock footage cribbed from another show.

And it's why Game of Thrones has constantly flirted with cancellation despite being wildly popular— it's extremely EXPENSIVE to make so it can get very high ratings and still not cover its production costs.
BillynLivsMama
on 03/29/15
At this point, it's virtually impossible to come up with a brand new, "never before seen" idea. However, some are being quite lazy with remakes and tv being lazy with "realty" tv. At least try to write something original or write something at all, please?
mgtheman
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
Oh there's plenty of fresh ideas— it's just that Hollywood refuses to MAKE them.

Considering that making a movie these days requires hundreds of millions of dollars for CGI and all the trimmings, the bean counters don't want to sign off on anything they think might flop and while commercial success can't be predicted in advance, a sequel/prequel/remake allows them to hedge their bests a little— even if it's a stinker, it'll at least recoup a good part of its production costs from the fans of the franchise and the morons who make decisions based on brand recognition.
mgtheman
on 03/29/15
That's hedge their BETS, no bests. Hooray for proofreading. At least I won 10 SB looking up production costs for Avatar ($237 million, or 23.7 billion swagbucks).
HippyChick41
on 03/29/15
JeremyD and 2 others liked this  
I am just sick of Hollywood in general. The over paid, over inflated egos, mouthing off about politics. I am just tired of it all.
KatiDid335
on 03/29/15
I am way over Hollywood.
rabbott
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
I like some prequels because they explain where the story started & sequels explain what is next.
Some remakes are interesting but others are a total mess
randl4
on 03/29/15
the sequels and remakes are usually not as well done as the originals and the new ideas coming out are full of things that don't interest me in the least.
RedBaron96
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
There are a ton of fresh ideas all the time, but they probably have to pay more to use them, so they reuse stuff that's either in the public domain or things they already own the rights to to do them cheaper.
foodiepatootie
on 03/29/15
As long as they don't stop making superhero movies, I really couldn't care less.
HWanderer
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven and 1 others liked this  
They don't do remakes because they're out of ideas, they're doing remakes and stuff because they're playing it safe. New ideas are being used, but not as prominently because they don't want to risk too much money on them. The videogame industry has similar issues.
25Shadow75
on 03/29/15
How come they don't do remakes of movies that stunk so bad they went straight to video??
jimjulie
on 03/29/15
I haven't really thought about it.
beamofjoy
on 03/29/15
Well there are about 6 versions of Jane Eyre and they haven't gotten it right yet, so they can keep on trying. On the other hand, all further attempts at Pride and Prejudice should cease and desist. They cannot improve on the original. Certainly not in 2 hours.
bobbid
on 03/29/15
I have not been to a movie for years. They are not worth the money or my time. Give me a book anytime. I have never seen a movie that was better than the book.
Picklejuiceineye
on 03/29/15
Most movies lose value with the sequel, very few franchises improved by making more movies(in my opinion).
CaptainBrowncoat
on 03/29/15
onslaught616 and 3 others liked this  
I like a good sequel/prequel. It's the remakes that I don't understand. They do a remake of a movie that was good the first time and didn't need to be remade. They need to do remakes of bad movies that had interesting ideas but didn't reach it's potential. Plus a lot of "original" movies end up being either really bad, boring, or just plain stupid. There are some good movies made but a lot of them I wish I had never watched.
venderis
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven and 1 others liked this  
The purpose of most remakes is to capture a new audience that was not around to see the original. For example: Most of the viewers who when to see Brad Pitt and George Clooney in Oceans 11 where probably to young to have seen Frank Sinatra's Oceans 11. New generation means a whole new audience.
TeaHerbMilkSoaps
on 03/29/15
Lucia31 and 4 others liked this  
You do realize that those movies are still available on DVD for viewers who were not around to see the original movie versions? I hope so, because your reasoning does not justify the waste of remakes, and that's just what they are, a waste.
redwine88
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven and 2 others liked this  
They may still be around on dvd . but if no one promotes them how will people know about them ? If I see a movie and then find out that it was a remake I always look for the original . I always tell my children when something is a remake , the almost always prefer the original .Annie .Willy Wonka ect...
BabyCheyenne2
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 liked this  
Good for you! The old ones are almost always better. I personally have only seen one that I can think of that was better than the original and that is the 1998 version of Dr. Dolittle starring Eddie Murphy.
BabyCheyenne2
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 and 2 others liked this  
There will never be another generation to match Frank, Clark, John or any of the other great actors that today's generation does not have a clue about. Yes there are a few good actors today but nobody that compares to the greats of Hollywood that paved the way for them to be there,
IanNewYasha
on 03/29/15
Something I learned about this sort of thing, and about life in general:

This world runs on a continuum. Even if something seems "fresh and original", chances are, it's been done before and we're unaware of it until later. It's been said you can't make up anything anymore. The world itself is a satire. All we're doing is recording it.
RonnyLM
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven and 2 others liked this  
They are lazy and simply looking for the least expensive, quickest way to make money. Most of their efforts are trash.
annjicintajiancl
on 03/29/15
is the best
mrs2fairfax
on 03/29/15
They just make what will get them the most money.
BabyCheyenne2
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 liked this  
There are VERY few movie that I would pay to see. After being dragged to see the new version of Cinderella, I remember why. I did not think I was going to be able to sit through it and I was bored out of my mind. I thought they should have left the original version alone. The animated version is much better for kids. At least I thought so. They left a lot out of this movie. So much for Hollywood remakes!
VickiJo56
on 03/29/15
I don't watch TV but I can't imagine that there are a lot of new ideas.
LaurasLeftHook
on 03/29/15
thebookmaven liked this  
They are just too afraid to take a risk with something new. A sequel/remake has a built in audience to start with.
swaguser20249115
on 03/29/15
Kaaya liked this  
Some sequels are ok but most of them suck
Wes50
on 03/29/15
kaseyjoness and 1 others liked this  
Good movies are pretty much a thing of the past anyhow, just like TV shows. There's a lot of trash out there.
luvocats
on 03/29/15
What happened to Fringe and Revolution???? I loved those shows!
Soluna
on 03/29/15
LaurasLeftHook liked this  
There are plenty of fresh ideas out there, but the movie industry is much more interested in re-hashing tried and true money makers rather than take a risk. It is all about the money.
samf36
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 and 1 others liked this  
remakes are terrible!!
Brenda14717
on 03/29/15
Wes50 liked this  
I said "yes, tired" but in reality I haven't been to a theater in decades and don't rent movies. I've tried to dig out some oldies at the library for my kids/grandkids but they are getting harder to find.
KRAZIKAT
on 03/29/15
redwine88 and 1 others liked this  
Seriously who cares!
melmoj
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 and 5 others liked this  
Im 75 years old and I would still rather watch a Walt Disney movie and I don't watch Oscar night either since the women are forgetting to put their clothes on before arriving
donnaraet
on 03/29/15
Don't know and don't care.
ElliotFan
on 03/29/15
travelingone liked this  
Hollywood makes whatever their research says will earn the most money. It's all about the money.
swaguser19830798
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 and 1 others liked this  
They continue to try to remake the classics its sad
krisshamner
on 03/29/15
sequels and prequels are good for some movies - but I am tired of all the remakes. Seems that they ran out of ideas for new movies but there are still some good new ones out there.
TeaHerbMilkSoaps
on 03/29/15
Jazzi471 and 2 others liked this  
Repeats, 3peats, prequels, sequels. Instead of remaking movies done 10, 20, 30 and more years ago, that were done better the first time, Hollywood movie makers (if you can call them that) should be going to their local book stores for "new" movie ideas. I love to read and the volume of books that would make excellent movies are at the fingertips of Hollywood. It has literally been over 15 years since I've gone to a movie because of the poor selection of movie choices. And the few good movies that are made are just that. Few, very, very, few.
Uucyc4ever
on 03/29/15
Don't watch TV. Don't know what you're talking about.
Mozenrath
on 03/29/15
Remakes have always been a thing, really. That said, they do seem more risk averse than at times in the past and franchises are usually safe options.
nhulsey
on 03/29/15
Baker57 liked this  
between all the legal and illegal ways people have to watch movies, tv taking over where the "middle class of film" used to be, and the absurd number of independent film makersout there, hollywood is having to leverage the only thing that they have that noone else has: massive budgets. they have to have assured hits, or a studio could fold.
moontan
on 03/29/15
jemstone316 liked this  
I've been waiting 27 years for a new POLTERGEIST movie. The remake sequel doesn't look like its going to be as excellent and popular as the first POLTERGEIST (1982) judging by the movie preview and they filmed it in Canada. However, I will go see it this May.
WickedSolace
on 03/29/15
Baker57 and 3 others liked this  
Im a complete nerd when it comes to the comic book movies. So no I dont mind if they keep remaking those ones. They should stop making the old 80's movies though and just move on to new and fresh ideas.
zephyr359
on 03/29/15
RoRo32 liked this  
Avengers Age of Ultron May 2015! :)
CitizenPain7
on 03/29/15
DEADPOOL 2016!! :) I am most curious on how they are going to handle the civil war arc if they can't get Spider-Man licensing...
Velezgi
on 03/29/15
nhulsey liked this  
If only to take a reductionist stand point, everything is a bit derivative.
queenmaureen
on 03/29/15
jemstone316 liked this  
cut the cord to cable years ago .. dont even miss it. still have netflix which is great . havent gone to a theater in years dont miss that either but there is only few remakes that better than the original prequeals and sequeals are ok as long as they are in realm of the original. for instance scary movies sos. but to remake ghost busters, sound of music , cinderella nothing new there. other than lipstick and a paint job.

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