Has Hollywood run out of ideas? Copycat films have been a part of the film industry dating way back to the time of The Three Stooges VS. The Marx Brothers. Its not uncommon to say that there is at least one pair of copycat films a year, but in recent years it seems that we are seeing more copycat films than ever before.
Who knows why this happens, usually its a direct result of studio rivalry, sometimes its just plain bad luck and in other times its because certain subjects of the era arise at the same time for different people.
Captain Phillips (2013) VS. A Hijacking (2012)- Two films, different worlds .
Like in the case of the recently released Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks. Nobody can blame acclaimed director Paul Greengrass for tackling the same subject of Danish film, A Hijacking, which was released just a few months earlier. At least no one can say its a studio related case.
But when comparing other copycat pairs, some identical themes are clearly not coincidental, and frankly I believe it's the audience that usually suffers, especially when both films are really bad and both come out in the same year...
White House Down (2013) VS. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)- Taking down the government overload...
Channing Tatum VS. Gerard Butler, President Jamie Foxx VS. President Aaron Eckhart
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) VS. Mirror, Mirror (2012)- One would have probably been too many...
Kristen Stewart VS. Lily Collins, Charlize Theron VS. Julia Roberts
No Strings Attached (2011) VS. Friends With Benefits (2011)- Thank god we had two, after Black Swan, the public needed to decide who looks better naked, Mila or Portman?
Natalie Portman VS. Mila Kunis , Ashton Kutcher VS. Justin Timberlake
The Prestige (2006) VS. The Illusionist (2006)- 2006 was the year of the magicians...
Christian Bale VS. Edward Norton, Hugh Jackman VS. Paul Giamatti, Scarlett Johansson VS. Jessica Biel
R.I.P.D (2013) VS. Men in Black films (1997-2012)- Men in Black was there before, but Ghostbusters (1984) was there first!
Ryan Reynolds VS. Will Smith , Jeff Bridges VS. Tommy Lee Jones
Paul Blart: Mall Cop VS. Observe and Report (2009)- The losers-wearing-uniforms-that-mean-nothing mall films.
Kevin James VS. Seth Rogen
Antz (1998) VS. A Bug’s Life (1998) VS. Bee Movie (2007)- Could have been a great bug trilogy!
Woody Allen VS. Jerry Seinfeld
Rob Roy (1995) VS. Braveheart (1995)- The men in kilts, one took home five Oscars, the other got very cold...
Liam Neeson VS. Mel Gibson
There are plenty of horror copycats...
Friday the 13th (1980) VS. Halloween (1978) - The founding fathers of the slasher films
The Grudge (2004) VS.The Ring (2002)- Japanese myths showdown
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) VS. Scream (1996)- Party of Five faceoff
Jason VS. Michael Myers , Scary Girl VS. Scary Girl, Jennifer Love Hewitt VS. Neve Campbell
Which films did I miss that should be on this list?