There are those who believe ideas are sacred — that once they are manifested as products and entered into The Marketing Mythology Archives, they become canon.
Some day, a friend will turn to you and say:
“They remade Lord of the Rings?! Why? Why would they ruin such a good movie?”
In this case, they will mean investors who moved money around and released a copy of a movie that is a copy of a book, hoping to earn a profit. It doesn’t need to be taken seriously as a work of art. If you criticize it, you will have already missed the point.
As if a karaoke version will forever ruin the original.
Distribution does not equal Immortality.
Think of all these bad movie remakes as nothing more than cover songs.
They serve the same purpose: familiar name, simple material, safe investment. Replace the original inspired performance with sterile midi tracks, ignore the artist’s original intent, leave out anything tricky or high-brow, and repeat the chorus 3,000 times until the drunk people fall over.
Take it a step further… give the drunk people microphones, let them sing.
It happened to music, why not movies, too?
To find out where the movie industry is headed, always look to the music industry. All art forms eventually devolve to sell beer.
Even my blog did.
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