Is Hollywood running out of ideas?

Mar 16, 2019

Las Vegas (USA) March 16: That's not to say that franchise films can't be as good as original films, Black Panther for example, gained popularity among both critics and audiences, and received a handful of award nominations. This exhibits how franchises can provide a safe platform for studios to take new leaps and experiment, but unfortunately, they rarely break from they're tried and tested process. With a steady stream of formulaic instalments, we end up with a series of almost identical films allowing audiences again and again to enjoy the same thrills they had the first-time round.
Another trend in the movie business now, is rebooting. It's easy, you just flick through old series, find one that was successful, slap on a slightly different name (i.e. change Park to World) and do the whole thing all over again. Nostalgia is the stock and trade of Hollywood at the moment, and studios bank on the fact that people will pay good money to relive something they adored in their youth. Recent films only just manage to hold themselves up on the crutch of old characters and ideas, generic movies with little genuine quality are churned out, but still, they make money. Studios have deep problems in their attitudes towards storytelling. After all, films are stories, and the constant rebooting of once complete series can ruin amazing films for the sake of money (the Star Wars prequels come to mind).
I like to think the laziness of the movie industry is unsustainable, I hope that audiences will tire of seeing the same movies again and again, and that Hollywood will be forced to allocate more time and energy to everything it creates. But as long as franchises continue to outperform original ideas at the box office, there is no reason for the industry to change. The reluctance to innovate, to push and search for fresh veins of creativity risks leading to stagnation in the film industry. Every successful movie franchise began its life as an original film, and if movies are to continue to impact audiences so heavily, then studios must dig into their courage and imagination.
Source: The Boar

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