Fear Drives Hollywood's Hunger For Remakes And Reboots
It turns out there might be a very basic human emotion behind the kinds of movies Hollywood produced this summer.By Danny Matteson | June 12, 2015
Reboots, remakes and long-awaited sequels — their sheer existence has been chalked up to a lack of new ideas, nostalgia, even laziness. But it turns out there might be a very basic human emotion at play here — fear.
As one film critic told NPR, "Well, it's kind of fear. When you spend $100 million on a movie, you really want to be sure someone is going to show up. And the best way Hollywood has figured out to get people to show up is to say, 'Remember that other film you liked? Here’s another one.'"
That was Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, saying what we’ve all likely thought at one time or another — just being a little more forthright.