Is it just me or does anyone feel like the film industry is running out of ideas? It seems like the majority or films produced this year are either adapted from novels or are seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths, and even sixths, of a series. Don’t get me wrong, if a book that I love is being adapted for a film at first I do a little happy dance and then once the shock wears off I start to think about it. The film industry is capable of doing an awesome job of adapting a novel to the big screen. I could spend all day typing the names of movies that stayed true to the novel and were excellent, but just to name a few off the top of my head: Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Of Mice and Men, The Shawshank Redemption, Harry Potter, The Time Travelers Wife, and The Notebook (I personally believe that the movie was more entertaining then the book)! Then there have been the movies that were adapted from novels which I haven’t been too please with such as: The Hunger Games, The Host, Holes, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I wasn’t even to thrilled about the Twilight movies, etc… I could go on forever, but what worries me every time that I heard that one of my favorite novels are going to the big screen, I cringe. If I go and see these movie and it is bad, it won’t make me love the novel less, but it will make extremely upset. On a note one of my favorite series ever will be hitting the big screen in 13 days and from what clips and trailers they have publicized I’m pretty excited about it, but I felt the same way about The Host and it was a complete flop.
But here is my question: WHY? Why is the film industry grabbing whatever novel series they can and trying to turn it into a movie? It is because they think that they might have the same success and fan base that the Twilight Saga movies did? It’s possible, if they are willing to dish out the big bucks in order to make the movie true to the book. It seems like the film industry is just trying to grab a piece of the hype that comes along with a best selling novel. I mean come on, even Fifty Shades of Grey will be a movie next year, how are they doing to do without calling it porn will be a miracle to me. It seems like the creative machines that are employed by these production companies are not so creative anymore. They are either taking storylines written by other people, or continuing a storyline that they created it and continuing with it until there is nothing left for them to continue. Take The Hangover movies for example. It is basically the same plot to every movie, just about a different character. This year we had Fast and Furious 6 and Scary Movie 5. And next year we will have a Paranormal Activity 5, a Transformers 4, a Fast and Furious 7, a Night at the Museum 3, and a Resident Evil 6. I mean come on, some of those movies should have even had a second. Don’t even get me started on the super hero movies. I think it is absolutely ridiculous that they made a new Spiderman this year, when we had a good Spiderman come out about five years ago. And now there’s the new Superman and Thor and Iron Man. It seems like everything in the film industry is the same and barely anything new is being created.
I get what this is about, most of these films already have a huge fan base and the film industries know that these fans will go see anything that has that name on it. So once again it comes down to the money aspect. That is all that anyone cares about nowadays. To actually go see a movie today is so freaking expensive that it isn’t worth it half of the time. For two people to go see a movie in IMAX costs between $30 and $40 dollars, which is just ridiculous to me. But does anyone truly care about making good movies anymore. It seems like the film industries have become lazy and don’t feel like thinking of something new to create, which sucks because repetition gets really boring after awhile. This whole idea brings me back to the Jack White quote in my video essay where he says that technology is stifling creativity. It seems like this idea doesn’t occur only in the music industry, but it is branching out to all industries. It seems to be a universal notion that technology is making us lazy, and we are letting it.