Stop Recycling My Childhood

Alana Branch | Arts & Entertainment Editor

In movie news, Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book was released this past Friday to critical acclaim and dominated the box office with $103.6 million for Walt Disney Studios.

And soon there’s to be another live adaptation of the beloved Rudyard Kipling classic, helmed this time by Andy Serkis.

Recently, several entertainment outlets reported that there could be a remake of a Robin Williams favorite, Jumanji, starring dynamic duo Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) and Kevin Hart, whose film Central Intelligence hits theaters June 17.

After reading this, immediately three words come to mind: WHAT. THE. FUCK.

Added to the long list of questionable trends in Hollywood is live reboots/remakes of some of our favorite childhood movies; movies we grew up watching and continue to watch because why not? Most of them appear on TV.

Do you know how many times I’ve seen Toy Story parts 1, 2 & 3 with commercials around the holiday season?

Just last year, Disney put out the very successful Cinderella, and next spring, Emma Watson, who I’ll honestly always see as Hermione Granger, will portray Belle, seen for the first time on big screen in the live version of Beauty & the Beast.

Is it safe to say that originality is lacking like it always has been in Hollywood? For a normal movie-going person, it may not be as big a deal as it is for someone like me, an aspiring screenwriter who strives to look for something different, even if just a speck in a pool of similar ideas.

If it screams big money, then studios will go for it even if it’s been done several times before.

However, if they touch The Lion King, I’m going nuts.

 

 



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