Archive for January 10, 2012

The Hollywood Rut

Posted in Uncategorized on January 10, 2012 by C. J. Edwards

While cruising Facebook instead of getting some words knocked out, I turned up an announcement that Stephen King’s Carrie is about to be remade staring Lindsay Lowhan. This hammered home something that I have been slowly becoming aware of. Yes, I am speaking about the ever lengthening list of movies that are remakes.

I don’t remember how long ago it was that I started to notice that after enjoying a movie I would inevitably discover that it had an original predecessor. Okay so what, you say. It’s a good story, you say. Look at the modern interpretation and special effects, you say. Well that is all well and good once in a while, but there seems to be a growing sickness taking over the movie making industry, a malignant tumor infesting the creative spirit of Hollywood writers and draining away any original ideas that might wish to take up occupancy in their “talented” brains.

Remakes are quickly becoming, some may say have already become, the standard in American movie making. Maybe I am naïve and uninformed. Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention. Maybe this is just the way things are done to make a buck in the entertainment business, grab a good movie and make it again and again and again until you’ve done it to death. Well I think that sucks.

Why do I care? Well until recently I didn’t, but there it was at the edge of every movie trailer I watched, the question. Is this a remake? What would happen if the fiction publishing business did the same thing? What if novelists were writing the same stories again and again just giving their creation a modern flare? What a dull reading existence for all of us that would create.

So where are the risk taking script writers? Do they still exist? I must argue that they do exist and are writing some great stuff. I see great fiction everywhere as I wade through the wonderfully dark world of online noir. Powerful punchy stories inhabit the online hideouts and lairs of compelling characters. The future of fiction to my eye looks bright and healthy. So what is Hollywood’s problem?

It must then lie with the gatekeepers, the Hollywood bigwigs who can make or break a script. I am picturing rotund cigar chewing greasy haired fat cats wearing suits that would cost me a month or two’s salary, sitting at their giant desks with a martini in one hand and their secretary’s ass in the other.

Okay, that might be a little over the top, but it is what I imagine when I see the crap oozing out of Hollywood. So what can we do about it? In all likelihood there isn’t much. We are just the unwashed masses who like sheep march one by one into movie theaters to receive our doses of entertainment. Wouldn’t it be great to have an OCCUPY Hollywood to tell those sleaze ball entertainment moguls that we are fed up with their hopelessly uncreative asses? Oh yeah wait a minute, I have a job. Damn, no living in a tent outside the pearly gates for me.

Well I for one am refusing to go see a remake of Carrie. Occupy that Hollywood!–Lindsay-Lohan-rumoured-play-title-character.html?ito=feeds-newsxml