Movie Re-makes

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Movie Re-makes By Kendall Stow Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of years chances are you have watched countless movies be re-made, digitally re-mastered, re-put into 3D, and re-given far too many sequels. It’s not hard to imagine that it’s more profitable for Hollywood to breathe new life into “classic” movies, add another installment onto an already popular movie franchise, or what is becoming even more prevalent, remake a movie in eye-popping realistic 3D, than it is to come up with original ideas. There is no better guarantee of instant success than a sequel. There is a famous saying, “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Why waste an already popular name, I mean surely there must be new ways for us to expand the plot and go even deeper into the main character’s forgotten or dramatic past. This year, like years prior, will also have more than its fair share of sequels including Men in Black 3, American Pie 4, Ghost Rider 2, Wrath of the Titans 2, Madagascar 3, and the Amazing Spider-man only to list a couple. On top of Hollywood producing countless sequels every year they are also re-making many popular movies in 3D. One company stands out from the rest, Disney. Late last year Disney re-released in theaters Lion King in 3D. Lion King grossed $79.8 million dollars in its first 18 days in theaters according to Disney.com. After Lion King ’s great commercial success Disney plans to re-release four more Disney classics in the next two years including 3D versions of The Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., and we will even see The Little Mermaid swim into 3D. Will this trend of Hollywood re-making movies and prolonging movie franchises continue? Chances are yes, as long as movie goers are willing to pay the same price to see a movie that was released over a decade ago, Hollywood will keep trying to find ways to revive long forgotten movies.

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