It truly seems that Hollywood does not want to take anymore risks with the films that it puts out to the movie-going audience. As a result, 90% of the films that come out to the theatres are dull and clones of each other.
A prime example is George Lucas's Star Wars Prequels that automatically drew in a big crowd at the box-office because Lucas already had the following from his previous films. The fans were going to see the films, including the latest revenge of the Sith even though it had as bad a storyline as the previous two. It's a win-win situation.
Comic Books: Judge Dread, Hulk, Spiderman, Ghost Rider, Batman Begins, Superman Returns, X-men, Fantastic Four.
Remakes of popular TV: Dukes of Hazard, Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, Pink Panther.
Books have also been a great source of material for those lazy studios and filmmakers who simply ride on the success of recently published books. After the tremendous success of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, Hollywood jumped at the opportunity to turn it into a movie. Ron Howard is set to direct and Tom Hanks - who seems to get every major role in the last decade - is set to star. The same travesty and easy-cash-in method was used for the Lord of the Rings and the never-ending Harry Potter films. The books are brilliant and surprising every time, but the movies are canned repetitions of one another and audiences still buy into it.
Or how about the remakes of the classics? King Kong who now looks more like Mighty Joe Young. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a Willy Wonka who looks more like Michael Jackson.
Soon, Hollywood will run out of material to remake or adapt and it may have to take the same route as TV and put out reality films. The fan base for it is already growing, shown by the tremendous success of documentaries like Super Size me, or Michael Moore's controversial Farenheit/911.
There are still films out there that do cinema justice like Crash or Machiavelli Hangman, but the rest of them are setting Hollywood up for its demise. It's time to bring back the young filmmakers. It's time to bring back fresh ideas!
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