Reboots and Remakes are Ruining Our Childhoods!

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Enough already with all the freaking reboots!

That’s the first thing that came into my head when I read that the Fresh Prince of Bel Air is being rebooted for TV. Why? Is this really necessary? I’ll be the first to admit that I used to watch and like the show but it wasn’t blockbuster viewing entertainment. It’s just getting ridiculous that TV and Hollywood are shoving all these remakes, reboots, and reimaginings down our throats with no end in sight. Most of them fail miserably or pale in comparison. Can’t they come up with anything new and creative anymore? There has to be so many more inventive ideas out there other than to keep rehashing the series and flicks we loved and which became part of our lives.

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That’s another thing. Leave my 80’s and 90’s classics alone already! The are trying too hard to recapture the magic of the shows and movies we grew up with. Some were lightning in a bottle that can never be remade to an acceptable level. Where shall we start? The Karate Kid was a fail. Conan the Barbarian was lackluster without Arnold. Knight Rider without the Hoff was a dud. Footloose minus Kevin Bacon – meh. Arthur was just horrible. Miami Vice – nope. Nightmare on Elm Street with Robert Englund was just no fun. The Dukes of Hazzard had Jessica Simpson and Johnny Knoxville – really?  The list goes on and on.

Don’t even get me started on that abortion of a reboot of The Fantastic Four out now. We’re also getting another Spiderman reboot (again?) and to me it looks like they bombed with the title character casting right from the get go. Hopefully I am wrong about that one as Marvel has it back in its stable and wants to make Spidey part of their Civil War movie arc. Yet, we all know his history and don’t need another origin story. Oh, I can’t forget to mention the reboot of Ghostbusters with an all female cast. Um, no, just no. Please, just stop it now.

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Now I also hear they want to remake Escape From New York. No effing way! If Kurt Russell is not Snake Plissken it won’t be worth the price of a ticket. Sorry, it sounds like the same forgettable mess that was Total Recall with Colin Farrell. Some studio also thinks it will be wise to also remake Jumanji without the late, great, Robin Williams. Again, why, why, why? Jeez – the man just recently passed. The list goes on and one. There are actually dozens of movies and TV shows from the 80’s-90’s that are on the block to be remade. Problem is they just don’t have the charm and camp of these past shows and films, along with shoddy scripts and uninspired casting. Sure, many of the actors and actresses they cast for these roles are eye candy, younger, and pretty to look at, but the majority are vapid and lack that “certain something” that made the originals so memorable.

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What’s next? A reboot of the Back to the Future trilogy starring Ice Cube as Marty McFly?

A reimagining of Fast Times at Ridgemont High with zombies getting stoned?

The Breakfast Club taking place in a mall food court and starring a bunch of senior citizens being chased around by Paul Blart Mall Cop?

Batman starring Ben Affleck? ( Oops…. that is actually happening. )

A remake of Grease starring Justin Bieber as Danny and Kendall Jenner as Sandy? ( Oh God No!)

Every John Hughes movie ever made re-written with alternate endings, and characters replaced as hipsters and millennials? Just kill me now……

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Hey Hollywood, stop being money hungry whores just going for a cash grab and listen to the public outcry as the masses are getting sick of all these reboots and remakes. Stop tarnishing the images and stories of what made us laugh, cry, tug at our heartstrings, and made us cheer for in our past.

You’re ruining our memories, and childhoods.

32 thoughts on “Reboots and Remakes are Ruining Our Childhoods!”

  1. Yes. Yes. and YES.

    All of this. I can’t stand these stupid, stupid reboots.

    Not going to lie though, I’m probably going to watch the travesty that will be Fuller House…and I’m probably going to love it.

  2. The first is ALWAYS the best – leave well enough alone. Gene Wilder is the best Willy Wonka, hands down. Hollywood and the media are just out of control. Sometimes, it’s just better to read the book, or maybe read it twice. Have a great day and I agree witcha! Wholeheartedly.

    1. Hey Clay!

      Agreed. 99% of the time, in my opinion, that is correct. I like Johnny Depp but he was no Willy Wonka. Gene will forever be the true Willy Wonka.

  3. It’s a lack of creativity Phil. Hollywood can’t come up with new and fresh ideas, so they simply reboot. I believe that’s why so many people subscribe to Netflix and Hulu and watch the old shows like Mash and Star Trek. They are the originals worthy of our viewing time.

    1. Hey Mary!

      Nothing beats the originals. Rarely. I did like the new Star Trek movies though as the casting was good. Most times reboots really suck.

  4. Hi Phil, while I agree first rounds of shows and movies are the best, many folks enjoy re-makes. And the word ‘magic’ does come to mind for some of these shows provide laughter and or resolutions to challenges “feel good” endings. My biggest concern is not remakes, but rather, some of the extremely bizarre and violent programming that cannot be good for society, and could possibly feed fatal ideas to those mentally challenged or with propensities for violence.

    1. Hey Peggy!

      I’m on the fence about that. Problem is most remakes are just not good and lack the creativity. It’s almost like someone stealing a blog post you wrote and changing it a bit and then putting it out there. Just doesn’t sit right with me. Especially when they remake the classics.

  5. I agree with you 100%!! I just heard the movie Man from Uncle. No!! Why is Hollywood being lazy and less creative. DO something new and not already done.

    1. Hey Holli!

      At least I have heard some good things about that movie. Now I heard they are rebooting Uncle Buck! I’m sorry, but John Candy can not be replaced in that role. Nope.

  6. It seems like the fount of original creative ideas has been run dry because they are just recycling the eighties and nineties in every media venue they can. Mathair and I are biased because most of our favorite movies and tv shows are from that era, but we’re praying this fad of reboots and remakes is eventually going to die down. And I won’t even go into all of the comic reboots. I’m a huge comic fan and if I have to see ANOTHER origin story… I’m gonna scream!! Is there a petition we can sign? A group we can join to stop this nonsense?

    1. Hey Inion & Mathair!

      Yup – they are ruining allmy 80’s and 90’s movie and tv show memories. I think Hollywood and the current generation is jealous of our fun past.

      Yup – no more origin stories! Espcially for Spiderman. Enough is enough.

  7. WTF they’re remaking Fresh Prince? The only reason that was such a hit was because his song was MTV #1 (now they don’t even do videos – you suck MTV). I knew every word to parents just don’t understand and LOVED me some Fresh Prince. I heard Vacation sucked too, big shocker.

    1. Hey Alyson!

      Yup, they are rebooting it for some strange reason. Yeah, I knew Vacation would bomb. I can always watch Christmas Vacation though!

      What’s next – they remake/reboot Elf?

  8. Amen to that. What happened to that thing called – writing? Let’s put on those creative thinking caps and produce something fresh, new and original. Some of the re-makes weren’t even that good the first time around, we certainly don’t need to see them again.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  9. A re-make of the Fresh Prince? Nooooo! Even living in Germany, we heard all about it. And living in Germany, we’re still watching the original 1980’s version on national TV. As well as The Hoff LOL!
    I mean, The Hoff “opened” New Year’s Eve at Brandenburg Gate this year. In fact, I was there when a new street was opened in his name. Also this year, and I have a photo to prove it…. I mean, Knightrider & Baywatch is alive around here. So just leave it alone!

    I mean, OK. I understand why the studios need to “update” 1 or 2 programmes in order for the “young ‘uns” to get it, but they’re not stupid you know. My husband started showing our son the black and white – Star Trek: The Original Series – shows when he was 8 years old with all the plastic props clearly sticking out on set, and the “aliens” being nothing more scarier than a guy with a plastic tube on his head..and our son still loved it, but most importantly, “got it.” And just look at the British classic Dr. Who. It started in 1963 and is still going strong with exactly the same concept and idea. So there!

    1. Hey Victoria!

      Isn’t David Hasselhoff your King over there? 🙂

      Let today’s young-uns get their own shows and movies.

      Dr Who is classic. Always will be. Don’t mess with it.

  10. So true! Can’t believe they’re making a new Fresh Prince. I liked the original show, but as you say, it wasn’t really great. It was one of those shows you’ll have running in the background while doing your homework. Oh, those were the days. All those reboots make me feel old:)

    1. Hey Karen!

      Today’s generation is just jealous because ours was better! 😉

      That’s why tv and movies are trying to copy it now. Even some of the styles are coming back. Ripped jeans? Been there, done that already.

    1. Hey Shelley!

      You know, that one I don’t mind as it was a 1960’s tv show that was pretty much forgotten and I have heard good things about this one.

  11. You are absolutely right, for the most part. I must disagree on the Ghostbusters reboot though. I think it’s going to be outstanding. The cast is hilarious. All of those women are amazing performers and great at improv. Even if the script is not, great they’ll improv the heck out of it and make it amazing. Just you wait! 🙂 Plus, the original was 30 years ago so a remake is not so outrageous.

    1. Hey LadyJC!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

      Yes, most of these reboots and remakes have been mediocre at best, and I’m not sure if I am sold on the Ghostbusters remake. Just because these ladies might be good at improv still might not make it all that great. Magic is very hard to duplicate. We’ll see…..

  12. Phil, I know and empathize with your pain on this subject all too well.

    I read somewhere that the 2007 writers’ strike was one of reasons behind the never-ending slew of remakes/rehashes. If only it would end!

    I recently sat through [and endured] the remake of Carrie and, when the end credits rolled, I asked myself the same question I often ask myself: WHY DID THEY BOTHER???!!!

    Marie Antoinette once said: “There is nothing new, except what has been forgotten.”

    But we haven’t forgotten! We remember the magic and quality of the timeless originals. Stories we love, in whatever form: books, plays, music, movies, et al, become part of us. We treasure them.

    Rollerball [1975], based on the excellent short story by William Harrison, is one of my all-time favorites. I have struggled to forgive director John McTiernan for the garbage 2002 remake!

    I loved that Chris Nolan finally gave us Batman fans the movie adaptations we had been always been wishing for with one of the best trilogies ever. I recently saw the trailer for Batman & Superman … and my heart just sank!

    Escape from New York, without Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken … the role he made his own … NO WAY!!!

    I recently found out that the remake of Highlander [1986] is on the way. One of the themes of this story was immortality, but I’m thinking that life may just be too short to bother with the remake.

    1. Hey John!

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

      Oh, that Rollerball 2002 remake was gargabe, as was Carrie remake. Why bother? Batman movies were good, but Ben Affleck as the new Batman? I dunno…

      Highlander remake? Why? It wasn’t all that great to begin with. Can’t Hollywood come up with something new?

  13. Leave my classics alone! Look what the did to The Bad News Bears! Killed it! And they better not mess with Fast Times! That would be incredibly … uh, no thanks! Sometimes they should just let things be … the original is better 98.4 percent of the time!

    1. Hey PJ!

      It’s coming to the point that all movies will be remade and nothing will be original anymore. They’ll start remaking movies a soon as the leave the movie theaters!

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