“They’re ruining the classics!”, “Hollywood has no original ideas anymore!”, “This is disgraceful and not needed.”
These are just a couple of the sentiments of disgruntled and annoyed movie fans, sick of their favorite movie franchises being redone, added to, or spun-off. We can’t say that we disagree, as there are certainly some things that should just be left alone. From Aladdin and The Lion King, to Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and even Clueless, it seems like sooner or later Hollywood is going to remake every single classic movie for our viewing….displeasure?. With all of the gripes surrounding the remake trend, some were curious to know what films would consumers actually be ok with seeing more sequels or revamped versions of.
“Back to the Future” we go!
The Hollywood Reporter did the honors, conducting a 3-day poll with over 2,200 adults. Of those surveyed, a whopping 71 percent said they wanted to see Doc Brown and Marty head back to the future, “Great Scott!” Toy Story, Jurassic Park, and Indiana Jones also scored high in the upper 60th percentiles. Also high on the list were the Hunger Games, Matrix, and Avatar franchises where a little over half of those polled would be interested in seeing more from.
The cast on a “Back to the Future 4″
Bummer! “There will never, ever be, in the most absolutely way, a Back to the Future 4 – there will be no more “Back to the Future” says trilogy director Robert Zemeckis. And that’s that on that! However, as far as consumers are concerned, it turns out that despite those who have negative reactions towards them, “There’s a strong consumer demand for movie reboots and sequels, which spells good news for movie studios looking to capitalize on that nostalgic feeling,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Our polling finds half of Americans say they are much more likely to watch throwbacks and revivals.”
Fond of the familiar
And familiarity matters it seems. 71% of those polled said they’d be more likely to support a new installment if it included members of the original cast, or if they’d simply liked the series’ predecessors. “There are so many media creations out there, and viewers feel more comfortable spending money on something they’re already familiar with rather than something completely unknown to them,” suggested Jill Pantozzi, deputy editor of genre culture blog io9. “Many of the reboots, remakes, and revivals don’t seem to catch the magic of the original but can also have the effect of garnering a whole new audience who weren’t fans of the original.”