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Let creatives make new original ideas for movies

Austin J. Yerington, Opinion Columnist

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Do you remember the way it feels when you leave a movie with a great plot that says something you have never heard before? It’s the excitement that comes with seeing new original films. That’s why production studios should focus on new original movies rather than reboots.

Yes, I do enjoy seeing a retelling of an old story with modern updates and production choices that help it feel fresh and new. But when a film doesn’t bring any of that to the table, I am left wondering: Why bother making this film at all?

I know the answer: Money. But when films bring something original to the cinema, it seems to always be enjoyed by many and generates boatloads of profit.

Look to Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out. This is a truly original thriller that audiences loved and it made $255.5 million at the U.S. box office.  Another example is John Krasinski, Scott Beck, and Bryan Woods’ A Quiet Place. This film took the nation by storm with its original and fresh look at a horror/family drama and in turn made $334.5 million at the U.S. box office.

I’m tired of seeing classic cartoons I grew up watching countless times as a child be remade shot for shot, such as The Jungle Book.

Yes, some old films have tons of meat in them that could make a topical conversation, but that’s kind of why those old films exist.

So, when I’m asked the question of whether or not I want live action remakes of my favorite Disney classics, the child in me might answer “yes” quickly, but the older me wants something fresh and innovative from production companies.

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