Movie’s 2017: sequels, remakes, reboots and box office
While television maintains its creative rise, many fear that the great cinema, or the Hollywood film industry, prefers box office hits over original proposals that defined the cinema at other times.
It is estimated that by 2017 Hollywood studios will launch on the big screen about 112 productions created from films that have already been produced or based on franchises, books or comics; That is, sequels, remakes, spin-off, reboots, retcons, etc.
The spectrum will cover a long list that ranges from superhero movies like The Batman to animated films like Beauty and the Beast with real actors, remakes and reboots of titles such as The Birds, Creature From The Black Lagoon, Rambo, The Fugitive and video game films like Dungeons & Dragons.
This formula has given the expected results. In 2016 the U.S. box office exceeded U.S. $ 10 billion, a record figure driven largely by sequels, remakes and plot titles or characters already known by the general public.
Of the five highest-grossing films of the year, only The Secret Life of Pets was based on an original screenplay and its sequel was announced; Finding Dory won the biggest box office with $ 412 million, followed by Captain America: Civil War with $ 408 million, The Secret Life of Pets with $ 367 million, The Jungle Book with $ 364 million and Deadpool with $ 363 million. Not to mention Rogue One, the new Star Wars installment that debuted in December 2016. Not to mention Rogue One, the new Star Wars installment that earned $800 million by the end of the year.
It can be said that Hollywood will continue to bet on the formula and model of franchises to minimize the risk, which although it favors the box office, affects the ability of filmmakers to tell stories with new and surprising characters in films that do not derive from a franchise that is already known.