BySimon Hardy Butler, writer at

One of these days, someone's going to remake the entire Lord of the Rings movie trilogy ... and make it a lot worse.

The fact that Peter Jackson's series is definitive won't matter. In about 100 years or so, we may see another version.

I hope that won't be the case, but I assume it will. After all, we've seen Tim Burton's perfectly good 1989 version of Batman reborn as The Dark Knight and all of its incessant sequels. (Yes, I know that there the superhero appeared in movies previously; I've always considered Burton's iteration the best one, however.) And despite Sam Raimi's quality interpretation of Spider-Man, we saw The Amazing Spider-Man spin its web only a decade later.

Here's my question: Do we really need these remakes at all, and if so, why do they have to come so soon after big-budget pictures on the same subject that were more than decent?

Yes, it's another Spidey filmey. Sigh.
Yes, it's another Spidey filmey. Sigh.

Hollywood, of course, has its reasons. But they're moot to me; too much of a good thing can quickly become redundant, and that's what this spate of superhero reinventions has turned out to be. Not that such an issue has stopped the movie industry in the past, and I know these cinematic makeovers have been happening for time immemorial. It's just ... well, of late they seem to have become more prevalent. And I'd like to see other projects come to the fore before a rehash of older stuff.

There is good news in that regard: Wonder Woman, Black Panther and other productions are in the hopper, and that bodes well for the state of the superhero/superheroine. If they don't succeed, however, will Hollywood come out with remakes a decade later?

I really, really hope not.

There is originality in the industry. Tons of it. It does appear sometimes; Nightcrawler is one example of an offbeat flick that has made a significant impact, both critically and financially. Let's have more of that, OK, Hollywood? Enough with the quick-to-the-draw remakes. And if you do decide to remake films, let's relegate the choices to ones that could've been a lot better ... not ones that are quite good overall. No need to sandpaper the lily. You can make a splash off of different subjects, if they're done well enough. I'd be content with that.

Not that I expect this to happen in my lifetime. But, as Aragorn says in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: "There is always hope."


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