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  • Yep, boobs, murder, gangsters, drugs, talking animals, and cheesy drama.
  • It's been that way for a long time. I would say the early 80's. That's partly why you see so many movies based off of TV shows, books, video games, and so many sequels.
  • yes yet people still go see them
  • Not at all. Remakes and sequels are made because they are a safer bet than original concepts. Look at it this way: the average budget now for a "Hollywood" feature is roughly $75 million. That's an enormous investment any way you slice it. The studio executive who okay's that investment has a vested interest in keeping his own job because he enjoys having income just as much as the rest of us. So the best way for him to keep his job is to say "yes" to safe bets however they arrive at his desk. So, a remake means that the movie has been done before which means that it was okayed before by someone else. If it did any business at all, then it is likely a safe bet that modern audiences will go see it particularly if it is "updated" with known Actors and better SFX. A sequel means that a similar film has been done before and that too makes it a safe bet. Having at least one A-list movie star in the movie makes a project a safe bet. Financing entities look at the "package" that a studio or Producer brings to the table and runs the numbers based on precedents. There is even a continually updated list of "bankability" for movie stars and Directors. A higher ranking equals a larger budget because with known elements that have proven themselves in the past, the investment is deemed safer than an original project with no known talent. So, it's not that "Hollywood" doesn't have new ideas. They're all over place. The "problem" is that a major motion picture isn't just art, it's a significant investment by someone and they are interested in recouping that initial cost PLUS the interest on the loan PLUS a profit. This is the movie BUSINESS, emphasis on BUSINESS. The executive who is in charge of deciding if the studio should make A) the 8th sequel to SPIDERMAN or B) a great story, but from an unknown with no movie stars in it... is going to choose A. Why? Because if A fails, then he can blame someone else or the audience or whatever it takes to save his job. He's got plausible cause for saying "yes" to Spiderman 8 because the other seven did well. But if he says "yes" to B and it fails, he can't point to any precedents and all eyes will be on him when he has to explain why he said "yes" to a project with no track record attached. At heart, the business runs on FEAR. People like to work. They like their jobs. They like income. Saying "yes" puts that in jeopardy. Saying "no" more often keeps them at that desk longer. Filmmakers don't run this business anymore. Corporations and stock holders do. You want to make movies? Then either you have to bring a bankable project to the table or YOU have to be the bankable entity. Do whatever you can to allay their fears of failure (which would mean they would lose their jobs). Brian Dzyak Cameraman/Author IATSE Local 600, SOC http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com
  • Maybe, but for a long time, Hollywood has been about style and flash rather than content, and people, for the most part, seem content with this. I mean everyone complains about it, yet Hollywood still exists and thrives. :/
  • YES! And I for one am sick of the same old thing, just done in a different way. I say use your IMAGINATION and come up with: Magical wonderous movies, that touch the heart and allow your imagination to go where it's not gone before. TRUTH movies, where not every single woman is thin, beautiful and perfect. Movies that depict human REAL life, REAL people, depression, etc. Allow us to FEEL for once, instead of just watch murder, sex, and comedy.
  • No. I go to the cinema atleast once a month and there is alway something to watch. okay is not all good every month but most months there's something to satisfy most people.
  • ... no ... empty space leaves more room for the imagination ...
  • running out? Ha!!! if you ask me they ran out many years ago when they adopted that Blair witch philosophy to guide them in that so-called film-making Jazz. and that new doctrine in film-making states that you make it as cheaply as possible,for its those big-named grossly overpaid movie star gods that will sell the film to that brain washed movie going public in the end. there are probably tons of good manuscripts out there wasting away in somebody's unorganized file cabinet right now. many would make excellent movie scripts too. however, as i too have also found out using my sci-fi manuscript as an example here ,it's very difficult or next to impossible to reach these big shot Hollywood producers. there's no way to contact them. no special billboard site of which they might periodically browse for movie ideas. yes with Hollywood it's business as usual. and little chance that my own highly advanced Sci-Fi story, one that would literally blow their socks off, will never see the light of day. because authors like us no matter how good our scripts may be, simply don't belong to that tightly knit family of Hollywood parasites.

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