Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Of course remakes are unnecessary, all media is.

I blame comics.

Because when I was young there were always different writers writing the comics I loved. You'd get one writer's take on Batman, and then a few month's later, a different one's. One writer would take Superman in one direction, and the next would try out another one. Every so often they'd reboot things and start over, and in-between there were always Elseworlds telling alternate versions of characters, or Marve's "What-If?" series.

On top of this, of course, there were the movie versions, the cartoons, the TV series. The idea that there was one _true_ version of a story never even occurred to me.

And so I always find it annoying when someone looks at a reboot, reimagining, or other kind of remake, and says "That's unnecessary".

There's two reasons for that.

One is nicely outlined in the subject line: _All_ movies are unnecessary. The world would not have ended if the original, 1960's, Ocean's 11 had never been made. And it was no worse off when the 2001 remake was produced. The word "necessary" in this context seems rather silly to me.

The other is that I _love_ the idea of remakes. The idea that once a movie, comic, book, radio-play, or any other piece of fiction (or, indeed, piece of music) has been written it is not worth taking out, brushing off, and seeing what someone new can do with it, seems terribly bizarre to me.

I rather liked, for instance, the LOTR movies. And yet I hope that, in a decade or two, someone will come along and produce a version that's very different to the Peter Jackson take on it. Sure, it might well be rubbish - that's a chance you take when people produce anything. But I'd rather that people did get a chance to produce new versions of things, and sometimes fail, than to not make them at all. I think the new Robocop remake looks very silly, but then so was the original, and the idea that there's nothing new to be extracted from the ideas of automated law enforcement, corporate police systems, and the clash of our humanity and the rules we make is one that seems even sillier.

(This, of course, leads into the way I feel about copyright - which is that it's faaaar too long, and that we ought to be making everything open to remixing an awful lot sooner. Batman's been around for 74 years - the idea that only one company gets to write stories about him is one I object to.)

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