Hollywood needs creativity

All of the recent movie remakes that have been plaguing movie theaters leave many questioning if Hollywood has any creativity left.

However, with audiences being easy-to-please, there seems to be no way to stop these endless film resurrections.

From superheroes to cowboys, movies are being remade at astonishing rates.

The popular Spider-Man franchise is one of those films being remade.

Director Sam Raimi and Spider-Man himself, Tobey Maguire, brought three action-packed movies with the first one appearing in 2002 and the final installation in 2007.

Next year will bring the first attempted remake, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.

Batman is the other superhero that Hollywood will not leave alone. “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992) were the first Batman storylines to hit the big screen with director Tim Burton and Michael Keaton in the lead role.

In 1995, “Batman Forever” with Val Kilmer appeared, only to be followed by “Batman and Robin” (1997) with George Clooney as the new man behind the mask.

Director Christopher Nolan later brought his own take on the Batman series in 2005 with Christian Bale as Batman, and in 2008 casting Heath Ledger as the Joker.

Nolan is currently in the process of making the third installment set to release next year.

“True Grit” is another film familiar to audiences with its first release date in 1969.

This old tale is still receiving massive attention with an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, and according to MSN movies has earned $164 million.

“The Karate Kid,” starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita was released in 1984 only to be remade 26 years later.

“Wasting time making comparisons to the Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita classic may blind you to the virtues of this new, audience-pleasing version,” said Kathleen Murphy, a critic from MSN movies.

The epic film “Clash of the Titans” first unleashed a healthy dosage of Greek mythology in 1981.

It was then remade in 2010, giving audiences a firework display of special effects and less than a spark of a storyline.

The future of creative cinema seems to bring no changes, and is confirmed with a report by Rolling Stone Magazine that the popular musical “Annie” is undergoing a remake with Willow Smith playing the character of Annie.

The article goes on to say that Ryan Murphy, creator of “Glee,” is the top pick to direct the musical as well as directing the possible remake of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

As long as the imagination of Hollywood and the standards of audiences remain low, there will be no changes in film.

So will somebody please raise the standards of movie creators?

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