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  • Probably to see if they can do it better.
  • Ok, for some movies a reason I can think of is that there are so many new effects available that people want to use on their original movies that bring their visions closer to what the artist had originally wanted but in other cases I have no idea.
  • Well, chances are the ooriginal film raked the money in, so these greedy directors think that they can do the same. In many cases, it doesn't work
  • Because Hollywood has realized that some movies are good enough to do well in todays market, as well. Besides, I think it's cool that they are keeping old greats alive for future generations. However, I do have a problem with them changing so much of the original scripts in some cases. If it aint broke, don't fix it.
  • they say that imitation is the highest form of flattery, but I have to wonder if they have just run out of good, original writers! lol
  • sometimes its so they can be made with a bigger budget. sometimes its to bring them to a new generation. and sometimes its so someone else can make money off another person's idea.
  • The generation that is making movies nowadays is the same generation that played with video games when they first came out. They do not have the imagination that they should have because of this. So they remake instead of doing their own.
  • Probably because there is a huge lack of originality in the film industry today. When you can't come up with new things, you recycle old things and paint them new. In some cases, this could be beneficial. As cool as Spiderman was when it first came out in the 60-70's I'm glad they took the time and effort to update it visually. Some movies should be left alone. I surveyed AB as to their favorite and least favorite... didn't get too many responses: http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/151202
  • You have a two-part question; as to "why so many..?" -- because the general movie-goer (A) haven't seen the original so the remake is new to them (and ages 16-28 are most coveted by advertisers and most frequent opening weekend attendees); and (B) audiences often want "something new, but the same, only better" -- familiarity is generally more popular than the unknown, especially when the cost tops $20+ for two -- and studios put millions on the line in a gamble, so if they can hedge their bet by producing an adaptation of a hit book or a remake of a hit TV program or past movie, that's doing what's best for their publicly-held company's shareholders: maximizing their chances at a profit. In answer to your 2nd question: "why can't they leave the originals alone?" -- they do. They haven't touched the original, it's still available it it's first release: on tape, DVD, reruns, classic theaters, on the net, and in your memory. The original is still pristine -- luckily, they don't destroy the print when they make a remake! If you loved the original, don't bother going to see the remake.

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