It seems like all the big blockbusters nowadays are either remakes of films that have already been done or adaptations of books. One of the most anticipated movies of 2015 is Mockingjay Part 2, the final installment of The Hunger Games franchise that started in 2012. Before this was The Twilight Saga and Harry Potter which are both based on popular novels. Still to come are the conclusions to Divergent and The Maze Runner series.
But it isn't just young adult novels that are taking all the thunder. What's really hot right now are the Avengers movies and all the super hero films whether it's Marvel or DC. These characters have been around for a long time, originating in comic books so people are already attached. Everyone has their favorite superhero so there is already a line of people waiting in line to buy tickets and watch the films.
In the list of highest opening weekends, out of the top 10, 9 are either based on novels or superhero films. The one other was Jurassic World which was a sequel to Jurassic Park. All of these contain characters and stories that audiences would have known beforehand.
Even the Academy Awards are flooded with adaptations. In 2012 and 2013, 6 out of the 10 nominees for Best Picture were adapted from a novel. In 2014 and 2015, there were 4. In 2013 and 2014, the adapted films Argo and 12 Years a Slave were chosen, respectively, as Best Picture.
Now there is nothing wrong with adapted films. Personally, I seem to actually enjoy them better because of the fact that I do know the story and I'm anxious to see how it will be translated into a movie even though it's usually a disappointment. But aside from the Oscars, how do original films get buzz when all the media is about the new superhero movies or Hunger Games? It basically has to have a big star in it or else it has a pretty good chance of being second to the latest Nicholas Sparks film coming out.