It seems that all we create today is another sequel or another version.
If we don’t start creating more original work, what will the next generation take from us?
You know how we love watching “the classics” and envisioning ourselves as part of that former time period? Well, one day, people will look for and hope to experience classics from OUR time. They may be disappointed when the search engine says “Nothing Found Here.” I’m honestly unsure of how many “classics” will come out of the 2000s. It’s hard to remember a time when the updated Fandango list wasn’t promoting the next “hit” continuations, or the #1 movie in America wasn’t a rip-off of something else.
We should start generating new content. We should start executing new ideas.
Has anyone in Hollywood stopped yet to ask, “Why are we telling the same stories over and over again?” I’ll tell you why. MONEY. The industry sells out. They keep making what they know will keep making money. Except HELLO, just because it brings in revenue doesn’t mean it is actually good work. Earnings don’t always correlate quality. Doesn’t that mean anything at all?
For people like me, a bit arrogant when it comes to film, TV (and all types of entertainment really), it’s rare that a new movie in the theaters or a debut television series actually excites me and stimulates interest. The reason for that is the fact that I’ve probably already seen it in some form or another… the original… and then the two remakes after that. I’m only snobby because I refuse to lower my standards to fit into this creative drought. In regards to the multiple sequel concept, I think it’s fair to say that by the fifth installment everyone is over it, but are trapped by their loyalty to the project. Unless it’s a contractual books-to-the-big-screen deal, don’t ruin a good stand-alone picture by failing to successfully follow it up. The world is bored.
It’s the consumers’ fault. We go back and we give in. We watch because we are familiar. But hey, isn’t it more of an adrenaline rush to not know what’s next? I believe the not knowing is the point. Think of all the new stories we would discover if we would just construct them. It’s time to take risks. Satisfaction will never come from staying in our regular realm. Untold tales are the cause of suppressed passion and wasted talent.
Because I know I’m not the only one frustrated by this pattern of unoriginality, we should vow to change the production system and show Hollywood’s finest that we want something fresh and inventive. The audience controls the auditorium.