In this day and age it seems like just about anything that has ever been vaguely notable has received a reboot. It started with old 80's movies like 21 Jump Street, Red Dawn, Footloose, the A-Team, Tron, and many more. While not every remake and reboot has been successful (like Red Dawn which only made back about 74% of the production cost), others have done well even just within the examples listed. Tron: Legacy, for example, more than tripled its production value in direct box office gross, costing $170 million to make but raking in a cool $400 million. Now in general, this is not the status quo. Most reboots and remakes fall by the wayside and are generally given the cold shoulder by fans aside from the fans who see it purely because they "have to" based on flat out nostalgia.
I, for one, am sick of it. I personally think I share a common belief where I get very nervous if a movie, game, tv show, board game (which aren't even safe anymore), etc. that I like is announced to be getting a reboot. A good example for anyone who knows me is The Warriors. It's an old cult classic "gang" movie from the late 1970s that follows around a New York gang called "The Warriors" as they are framed for the murder of a rival gang leader and must fight their way 20 miles back home on foot. If we're being honest, this movie sucks. But I can't help but love it. That may be from watching it with my dad when I was a young lad, maybe it's because I know every line and watch it every month or so. Who's to say. Who is NOT to say though is MTV Studios, Netflix, Hulu Plus, it's original publishing house of Paramount Pictures, all of whom have expressed plans at one point or another to reboot/remake the film.
Image from "The Warriors" Photo Credit: Google, labeled for Reuse
As an avid fan of this movie, and it being a cult classic throughout the country, I do not want to see this movie redone. But as we know, studios will do anything for a quick buck. I do have to hand it to Disney Studios though who, in a cutting edge move nobody saw coming, have decided to reboot just about every franchise they can think of. To name a few Mulan, Snow White, Cinderella, Dumbo, The Little Mermaid, Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Alladin, and there are even more. And there will be even more. Because as long as we have 30+ year olds who remember seeing these movies in their youth, we will have 30+ year olds who are willing to spend $12 before popcorn to see live action versions on the big screen.
And that's okay with me. Just don't touch the Warriors.