Movie Magic, or Movie Myth?


Faith Lininger

Photo Illustration by Faith Lininger

Faith Lininger, Staff Writer

From the hit TV Show Charmed to beloved classics like The Lion King, Hollywood has made films to last the ages… Though filmmakers don’t seem to see it that way anymore. Lately, Hollywood has been less ‘Movie Magic’ and more ‘Remake, We Take.’ The more remakes they create, the more money comes rolling in!

And if the reviews are bad? They send in another remake of something totally different to make us forget! The big screen has never been so bland. Many series, like Spider-Man, and Bat Man, have had a lot of redos, but that’s because they are beloved characters who deserved more than they were originally given. Right?

Current Spiderman actor, Tom Holland, when asked what superhero he wanted to be, said, “Maybe Spiderman in 10 years time. The reboot of the reboot if they made one.”

Hurrah, hurrah. Surprise, surprise. The reboot of the reboot of the original Spiderman has come to play, with Tom Holland as Peter Parker. For the actor, it’s a dream come true! For fans, a question arises – Is this the final reboot, or will Hollywood continue to remake the movies and the franchise as a whole?

Many other franchises exist that fans have begged to have redone for years, such as the Percy Jackson movies and the Divergent series. Instead, Hollywood continues to spew out content that is unneeded, unexpected, and, frankly, quite sad.

Actors don’t seem to have a problem with remaking movies and TV Shows when they’re going to be the next idol… Though actors who once were the beloved character aren’t so excited.

In an interview, actress Alyssa Milano (Phoebe Halliwell) from Charmed said, “I’ll tell you everything I know: the last few years, CBS Studios-not the network, the studio-has been trying to reboot Charmed without any of the old cast members. They just want to use the franchise.” The former 3rd sister of the Charmed series also added some information about the other Charmed sisters, played by Holly Marie Combs (Piper Halliwell), Rose McGowan (Paige Matthews), and Shannen Doherty (Prue Halliwell), “The other thing I know is that Shannen, Holly, Rose and I have all said out loud that we are open to some sort of reboot, reunion, or something.”

A review on the new reboot of Hellboy, a film caught between a supernatural world and a human world, critic John Nugent from Empire stated, “Plenty of shock and gore, and David Harbour is more than worthy to wear the horns. But this is a reboot in need of a reboot!” The reboot of the original movie ended its box office run at $75 Million short of the original movie. People apparently weren’t satisfied enough to go back and watch it in theaters a second time.

A few other reboots, such as Fantastic Four, Ghostbusters, Kong: Skull Island, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Man of Steel were quite successful in their runs, and earned millions, and a few reboots, like Total Recall (2012), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), and Tomb Raider (2018) were total, complete flops. One of the least profitable movies of all time is known as Zyzzys Road (2006), making a total of $30 in the box office. If Hollywood had a few more severe flops like that on their reboots, they’d think twice on remaking the original movie magic.