Quick! Name five movies that have come out in the past year, or will be coming out in 2018.
Do you have them in your head? Good. Now, chances are that the movies you’re thinking of are sequels, prequels, reboots, interpretations of books or comic books, or based on true stories.
Hollywood is still creating great films that both entertain and educate, but they aren’t taking risks with it anymore.
Disney is one of my favorite companies ever. Recently though, they have definitely been feeding off of their fan base’s nostalgia.
Out of the 10 films that Disney is set to release before the end of 2017, one is a remake, five of them are sequels and three of them are based off of comic book characters.
This trend is not limited to Disney Pictures, though, and it is spilling over into Disney Channel television shows.
The network released a reboot of the popular 1990’s ‘DuckTales’ earlier this month.
It’s also worth noting that the network produced “Girl Meets World” in 2014 after buying the rights to the acclaimed “Boy Meets World,” and Disney Jr. has begun producing spinoff shows based off of “Tangled” and “The Lion King” this year as well.
It seems that every production company is concerned with making their cinematic universe bigger and better than everyone else’s.
Marvel and DC have a natural rivalry, but now Universal’s so-called “Dark Universe” is home to their films’ monsters.
On top of everything else, Warner Bros. is still building its Lego cinematic universe.
It would be nice for some original standalone films to not connect the plots of six other movies.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the classic movies, and, for a 20-year-old man, I’m probably overly excited to see Disney’s new live action “Lion King.”
The remakes and sequels are entertaining, but the original works in the recent years have been successful as well.
One of my favorite examples is “Now You See Me.” The original storyline and talented actors earned the film a sequel.
I would never call for an end to the reimagining and adapting of old films and stories into new films.
Nor would I ask for the end of the complexity of having multiple movies for a cinematic universe, but there is a need for balance and a desire for creativity that also needs to be satisfied.