A lot of people over the age of, I don't know, 12, gripe about the lack of original stories coming from Hollywood. The last time I checked, over 90 percent of the movies produced and distributed by American filmmakers were either remakes, 'reboots,' or movies based on old television shows or video games. It seems obvious why this would bother anyone who still has the audacity to use his or her thinking cap.
I'd like to offer my take on why this trend scares the living shit out of me. You remember those big lizards that used to roam the Earth? We call them dinosaurs. I'm sure if someone had asked them, they would have called themselves something else. Regardless, the dinosaurs spent a great deal of their final days sloshing around in tar pits. I bet the dinosaurs thought they were moving forward any time they moved a foot one way or the other while they were drowning in those tar pits. Now, before the tar pits came along, dinosaurs were a mobile bunch who moved around the land, always moving in a forward direction.
That's what humans who made art used to do. Even in Hollywood, filmmakers used to try to show something new with each film they made. It's called progress. It's called evolution. The moment you circle back and repeat yourself, you have stopped evolving. My theory is this: If you cease to evolve, you begin to die.
So, we come back to this issue of remakes and 'reboots.' Is Hollywood showing us how we're a species sloshing around in a tar pit? Is this really it? Do writers and actors and directors have no new ideas? We didn't last a fraction of the time the dinosaurs did. That makes us cosmic idiots, doesn't it?