Reboots, remakes and returns to old franchises

July 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

There are a lot of great films in theaters right now, from The Dark Knight Rises to Magic Mike. The box office is booming. In the middle of it all, though, are some movies that seem rather familiar.

The Amazing Spider-Man opened on July 3, a mere five years after the third installment of director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise. The new film, starring Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, was directed by the appropriately-named Marc Webb.

Fans and critics alike are fairly evenly divided when it comes to the new film. Many find its darker tone refreshing. Others frown at how angst-driven it is. The main factor for many viewers, though, is whether or not they can get past how prematurely the franchise was rebooted and watch The Amazing Spider-Man as a new film in its own right.

Meanwhile, this Friday marks the upcoming release of the remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Total Recall. Colin Farrell takes up the main role in the film, playing it in a slightly less-muscular fashion than Schwarzenegger. Fans of the original are excited, and anxious, to see what else will be different in the new movie.

And on August 10, just one week after Total Recall opens, The Bourne Legacy will open in theaters nationwide. Viewers of the Bourne franchise thought that the story ended with Matt Damon’s cunning evasion of the CIA. Now, however, Jeremy Renner will star as everyone’s favorite genetically-altered secret agent. And fans seem pretty excited.

Is Hollywood running out of ideas? With wonderfully original films like Savages and Moonrise Kingdom also currently in theaters, it’s hard to give a straight answer to that question.

Regardless of how new or original today’s films are, however, they’re definitely bringing in viewers. Some want to see how the new holds up against the original. Others have never seen the original, so the new is truly new.

In either case, The Amazing Spider-ManTotal Recall, and The Bourne Legacy are three of the films that everyone is talking about right now. Whether or not they will ignite a discussion akin to the Star Wars originals vs. prequels argument, though, is yet to be seen.

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