An ‘F’ for Originality

Last week’s Newsweek magazine carried the annual summer movie preview. For those of us who take movie-going more or less seriously, there is cause for alarm in this year’s crop of new releases. Of eighteen films described or depicted in the article, a depressingly-high nine (50%) are either sequels, remakes, or based on television shows.


  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
  • War of the Worlds
  • The Longest Yard
  • Bad News Bears
  • House of Wax

Sequels (and prequels):

  • Star Wars, Episode 3
  • Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • Batman Begins

Based on television:

  • Bewitched

Original (?) material:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Smith (I’m giving this one the benefit of the doubt, although it looks suspiciously like Prizzi’s Honor)
  • Kicking and Screaming
  • Madagascar
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Dark Water
  • Wedding Crashers
  • Hustle & Flow
  • Lords of Dogtown
  • Fantastic Four (derived from the comic book, but I’ll excuse that)

But wait! There’s more! Newsweek didn’t even mention the late-summer releases of The Pink Panther, The Dukes of Hazzard, and yet another Deuce Bigalow.

Whatever happened to creative writing? It’s too bad that Hollywood is so afraid of fresh ideas, and of writers who can think for themselves.

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  1. Lords of Dogtown is a derivative work, a fictionalized re-telling of "Dogtown and Z-Boys" (2001, documentary).<BR/><BR/>Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a cheesy re-telling of "The Killer" where one you ‘love’ is really your enemy. <BR/><BR/>Kicking and Screaming is the "Bad News Bears".<BR/><BR/>Dark Waters is based on a novel made by the creators of the Ring. <BR/><BR/>etc etc etc – -<BR/><BR/>Looking to

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