In 2015, we will see the return of the Jurassic Park franchise coming to theaters after a long hiatus since 2001 and even Star Wars is returning with an actual sequel to the original trilogy. With the release of Tron Legacy in 2010 we had another film continuing a franchise that had been dormant since 1982, it seems we have reached a new trend in cinema. For quite some time, the reboot was certainly everywhere. It was difficult not seeing any classic or beloved film trying to rejuvenate itself in a new form by either trying something new, like Dredd, or simply by focusing other elements that were within the film, which Robocop tried. Yet while this trend is still around with the upcoming The Fantastic Four reboot and in some way even the interestingly titled Terminator: Genisys, we are seeing many older franchises being reborn in one way or the other.
While this is not going to be a history lesson on reboots and delayed sequels, it is more of an observation of what seems to be Hollywood current new business practice. Certainly not a terrible one as it allows us to return to some things we believed to be forgotten, it would certainly prove that marketers love banking on our feelings of nostalgia to make us enter cinemas once again to return to worlds we visited as children a while back. To be honest, it is smart as both sides in a way win, as with a reboot there are many obstacles to overcome. How do you stay true to a franchise while still making it something entirely new will never truly manage to make fans love it. Robocop being a PG-13 film already rubbed people the wrong way before it was even published, but there are also situations where it works, as Dredd has proven to make itself stand out in comparison to its predecessor.
Jurassic World is an interesting sign that some old franchises still may have some life in them. Naturally, one would point that the Jurassic Park films haven’t truly been “good” since the very first one, but an interesting is certainly there. In a way, this is a film that fullfils one major wish for many viewers of the original, as they finally get to see the park in its full glory. While I would personally wish they would have titled this film Jurassic Land, as World seems to be a better title for a third installment, one cannot deny that there is a certain level of fascination with the possibility of exploring this outlandish theme park once again. It certainly seems as if we will follow a rather fascinating cast featuring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson and many more.
Some “sub-trends” have also sprung out with part reboot and part continuation. How is this possible? Simply insert time travel into your film and allow some small alterations to give you the possibility to alter elements from past installments, while still continuing elements of the original franchise. One very noteworthy film was X-Men: Days of Future Past that even had a film focused on younger versions of the original cast before this one came out. That film featured a few holes in its story telling so that this soft-reboot combined both casts of the original X-Men trilogy and First Class to allow them to continue the franchise how they saw fit. This is something Termintor: Genisys is trying to accomplish as well, as time travel was a consistent part of its own mythology it wouldn’t seem like a fitting choice for them to take this route.
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