Is Hollywood becoming uncreative?

So this is a thing I’ve seen a lot over the past few years and something I keep hearing about. “Hollywood is becoming uncreative, all they release or make are things based on prior IPs”. To me this complaint can be valid, but people need to remember a few things.

Firstly, Hollywood is a business and money is the main reason they make movies. For that very reason it makes sense that Hollywood will focus on making things that could possibly make them as much money as possible. That’s why we see so many adaptations, sequels, remakes, reboots etc, being released. there is existing material which means there is an existing fanbase to market too. Sometimes it works, just look at marvel for that, and some times it doesn’t. This way there is less risk involved in making and releasing a film. It’s why whenever something becomes huge there are eventually a ton of movies released to try to copy that success, which will be touched on later.

The second thing that people need to remember is that this isn’t a new thing. People are acting like this is a new phenomenon sweeping the industry. When in reality this has been going on for almost as long as the industry has been around as an industry. So many of the best remembered movies are remakes, reboots, sequels, or adaptations. This isn’t a new thing, though it is increasing and getting more noticeable as time goes on. Now what I can get behind are how remakes especially are getting lazy, but that is due to Disney releasing live-action remakes that are barely adapting the source material. But again, they make a ton of money. I mean heck, I’m a huge Godzilla fan and those franchises are based entirely on rebooting and remaking things. In the Godzilla franchise alone there are 9 reboots in the franchise spanning over 60 years.

Thirdly, this isn’t just a Hollywood thing. This is an everyone thing. Just look at how many tv shows or streaming shows out there are based on pre-existing works. Heck a lot of them are just reboots of older shows. Heck if people are tired of super hero movies in the theatres, just look at how many super hero shows are on tv and more are continuing to be made as more streaming services are becoming more popular. Everyone wants their Daredevil. Netflix had Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Punisher, Jessica Jones, and the Defenders. Amazon Prime has The Boys. Netflix now has the Umbrella academy. HBO Max is going to have the DC shows, and Disney+ is going to have the marvel shows. And those are just streaming services, not just airing shows. This isn’t just a movie thing, this is an everyone thing

Fourthly, the rise of streaming services has caused Hollywood to get worried and start focusing on things that will bring people back to the theatre. Making movies is a hard thing in itself, making a successful movie is something else entirely. Just look at how many movies have been released this year, and how many of them have actually been successful. I’m guessing not a lot. The industry of today is very different from the industry of even 20 years ago. There is much more competition from all over the world to now streaming services which means that Hollywood is going to be even more picky about the movies they choose to produce. These days there is a lot more money riding on them than there used to be. Movie budgets have grown exponentially over time, especially over the last 20 years. Even though filmmaking has become more easily available out there. Film is a very expensive business, even in just making the movie a lot of money is spent. So they’re going to go with what will give the biggest return on the amount of money spent.

Finally, original stuff is still being made out there. Now maybe it’s not in theatres as much anymore, but there are many ways to be seen out there nowadays. Even when it’s an adaptation or based on prior based material it can still be made original and interesting. You gotta look out there for it. I mean there’s so many movies that have gotten huge based on how good they are. They will usually have a huge name behind them.

In conclusion, just relax and watch what you want. This is a trend that will continue because it makes money. When it stops making money than Hollywood will change. Just look at the expanded universe trend. So many movies were trying to copy Marvel, some were successful such as Legendary Godzilla, some were semi-successful such as DC, and some failed upon arrival such as The Dark Universe, but that happened for a different reason that will be talked about one day. There’s a wealth of content out there, just find something and stick with it.

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