Note - This is mainly speculation, so feel free to disagree with anything below. However, please keep any/all comments respectful and rational so that I may see why this may be false.
For the past couple of years, we have seen numerous announcements for reboots, revamps, and sequels for movies and TV shows that we so dearly love. In fact, they have already started, with the release of Jurassic World three months ago. However, is this a good thing? Is it good to reboot all of these movies and TV shows that were meant to end awhile ago?
To help prove my point, let's look at some of the announced reboots and sequels to movies and TV shows that are coming (or have previously came) out at least ten years after their latest installments (ignoring certain exceptions):
- Jurassic World (Jurassic Park 3, 2003)
- Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (Return of the Jedi, 1987)
- The X-Files (The X-Files, 2002)
- Finding Dory (Finding Nemo, 2003)
- The Incredibles 2 (The Incredibles, 2004)
- Independence Day: Resurgence (Independence Day, 1996)
- Dumb and Dumber To (Dumb and Dumber, 1994)
- Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters II, 1989)
- Godzilla (Godzilla, 2000)
Sources: IMDB, Wikipedia, and MovieInsider
There are other reboots that have (or will) occurred, but the list is long, so I'll leave most of them out (unless I briefly mention them). With so many reboots happening, my question earlier (about it being too much) is supported by another question:
Is Hollywood actually creative anymore?
This idea was actually introduced to me by a friend of mine, (who runs a YouTube channel called Rocketship Red,) and the idea makes sense. How many times have we been introduced to numerous movies that could never be turned into franchises? Prince of Persia had potential, yet Disney never continued with it, possibly because of the generally negative reviews it received. (Wikipedia) Also, Green Lantern received mostly negative reviews, so such attempt at a stand-alone franchise can be considered a failure. (Wikipedia) In fact, the only original film franchises that both received a relatively recent start and are successful to this day are superhero based (with Iron Man beginning the MCU in 2008 and Man of Steel starting the DCEU in 2013). Other than that, the franchises that are both successful and are producing more movies have started at least 10 years ago.
With all of this in mind, are we stuck with the same story concepts? Not that I mind Star Wars (In fact, I love it), but are we doomed to never receive anything both new and original that will be continued and remembered for generations to come? So far there is neither the room nor the possibility for other franchises, since our attention is set on the next Star Trek movie in 2017, or the inevitable Indiana Jones reboot; and then there's the fact that whenever a potential franchise is introduced it turns out to be a futile attempt.
However, there is the possibility that I'm wrong. Take The LEGO Movie for example. For those of you who keep up on my articles, you already know that I love The LEGO Movie. But not only is it a widely adored film, but Warner Brothers has already in the development of 3 more movies based off of it: Ninjago, The LEGO Batman Movie, and The LEGO Movie 2 (or The Second LEGO Movie). This is possible evidence that creativity still exists in Hollywood; but is it concrete evidence? Also, there's the Divergent and Hunger Games series; yet there is no possibility of continuing them after they have made movies based on their last books. Plus, there is RED, which not only has a sequel released, but is also having a third installment in development right now. (Wikipedia)
In conclusion, reboots seem like they're a reflection of the creativity in Hollywood. Some reboots are conventional (like superhero reboots), yet most just hint at Hollywood's inability to develop something new. While Hollywood is generally good at developing new stories for existing franchises, they seem to be lacking in their ability to create new franchises altogether, and without more effort, we may be doomed to a fate of living in the same universes for all eternity, as if we could never explore a new one. So perhaps we should stop making so many reboots, and continue the search for a new franchise: something new, original and worthwhile.