Producers, stop making remakes please?!
A little over a month ago, I wrote a petition to temporarily suspend the production of film and television remakes. It says…
Your audience who uses Twitter (we, us), for the period beginning 1 January 2012 at 12:00 a.m. (UTC +12) and ending 1 January 2013 at 12:00 a.m. (UTC -12) (the period), request that the motion picture and television industry (you), not approve nor start production on any film, miniseries, or television series (work) which is a remake of a previously produced work. We recognize the terms reboot and reimagining to be alternative vocabulary for remake.
We ask you to not approve nor start production on any sequel, prequel, or sidequel to a previous work which is greater than the second work in a series of works.
We ask for more original works. We ask you to send artists to libraries and book stores to find written materials that have never been adapted into works. We ask that artists produce ideas that we have never before seen. We ask that you communicate within your industry to ensure that two works which are similar are not released within 30 days of each other.
We believe as the fictional Vulcans of Star Trek believe that there is “infinite diversity in infinite combinations”. We ask you to show us more of that infinite diversity. As Frank Herbert wrote in his Dune novels “fear is the mind killer”, so we ask you to not fear the infinite diversity. We are more intelligent, critical, and savvy today than we have ever been before now. We ask you to tell your accountants that when making decisions about what to produce.
While remakes might make you more money from being easy to produce, they are far more forgettable than an original work and are “creatively bankrupt”. Change is as good as rest, so will you please let us rest.
On television, we’ve seen several attempts fail such as The Bionic Woman and V. There is currently a new Hawaii 5-0 with a new Charlie’s Angels and Bewitched coming. Do we really need to see those all over again?
Coming to theaters is a new Footloose. I also have seen a new Dirty Dancing mentioned. Fame has already been remade too. The list of horror remakes is truly horrifying. Do you really want to pay for something that was easy to make because all the original scripts needed were a few tweaks to update them?
You can see the petition here on Twitition. It has less than 50 “signatures” on it. If you read this, have a Twitter account, and agree please sign it. If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still “like” this post. It will take a great outcry to make the production companies to even think about this issue.