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America will never have another "Star Wars", instead, we will only get more Star Wars films. It sounds redundant, but what I mean to say is -- I miss the days when Hollywood gave original ideas a shot. We got our first Ghostbusters film from the wacky mind of Dan Aykroyd, 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial helped make Steven Spielberg a household name, and as crazy as it sounds, there was once a time when viewers saw a trailer for Terminator or Star Wars and went in with zero expectation because they never read a book, seen a television show, read a comic, or previous installment to base their hopes off of.

Make no mistake, the world needs sequels, and as much as I hate to admit it, we need reboots as well. History shows us too much of anything is never a good thing (unless you're watching a Harry Potter marathon). The problem with Hollywood today aren't the reboots, remakes, prequels, sequels, and adaptions shoved down the average moviegoer throat, but it's the small amount of time we get to recover between the chews.

I was digging through some IMDB pages for 2016 film releases and while circling my most anticipated movies for 2016, I noticed out of the 52 weeks in a year -- only 15 weeks feature an original film release that isn't based on an established intellectual property.

I love what Hollywood is doing in some cases -- I grew up on Marvel comics and cards and to see my favorite characters leap off the pages, it brings a Denzel Washington tear to my eye every summer season. However, my top two favorite films are regarded as fan favorite blockbusters today because a Hollywood executive gave the projects a green light back in the 80s even though no one had read a book or comic about the properties. Today, they wouldn't stand a chance. Films like those still get made, but they aren't given a fighting chance since the summer season is flooded with comic book movie, after reboot, after sequel, after live adaption.

In 1977, Star Wars set the blueprint. Exploit our imagination with a great story and establish characters we love at first sight and Boom!, you have your blockbuster. At the time, no one had ever heard of a Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader and the closest property that resembled the epic saga was the comical adventures of Flash Gordon serials. Since 1977, studios have tried to capture the magic that happened the weekend Star Wars Episode 4 hit theaters -- many have come close, but many more have failed at trying to make a new "Star Wars". The record numbers following the December release of Star Wars The Force Awakens proves the world needs more Star Wars films, but let's keep our fingers crossed and hope Hollywood doesn't forget that the world also needs another Star Wars -- if you catch my drift.

If it's not broke, don't fix it. Would you like to see more original content? If not, what are some of the movies below you are highly anticipating?

List of 2016 Films Based on Established Intellectual Properties

  • Jan 1: Chimes at Midnight
  • Jan 5: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
  • Jan 8: The Revenant
  • Jan 15: Ride Along 2
  • Jan 22: The 5th Wave
  • Jan 22: Ip Man 3
  • Jan 29: Fifty Shades of Black
  • Jan 29: Kung Fu Panda
  • February 5: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • February 12: Deadpool
  • February 12: Zoolander 2
  • February 12: Cabin Fever
  • Feb 26: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
  • March 4: London Has Fallen
  • March 4: Me Before You
  • March 11: The Young Messiah
  • March 11: Barney Thomson
  • March 18: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • March 25: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • March 25: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • April 15: The Jungle Book
  • April 15: Amityville: The Awakening
  • April 15: Barbershop: The Next Cut
  • April 22: Sunset Song
  • May 6: Captain America: Civil War
  • May 6: Going in Style
  • May 20: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
  • May 20: Angry Birds
  • May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse
  • June 3: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • June 10: Now You See Me 2
  • June 10: WarCraft
  • June 10: The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Experiement
  • June 17: Finding Dory
  • June 24: Independence Day Resurgence
  • July 1: The Legend of Tarzan
  • July 1: The Purge 3
  • July 15: Ghostbusters
  • July 22: Star Trek Beyond
  • July 22: Ice Age: Collision Course
  • July 29: Bourne 5
  • August 5: Suicide Squad
  • August 12: Pete’s Dragon
  • August 12: The Shack
  • August 26: Max Steel
  • September 23: The Magnificent Seven
  • October 7: Gambit
  • October 14: Underworld 5
  • October 21: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  • October 21: Ouija 2
  • October 21: Inferno
  • November 4: Doctor Strange
  • November 11: Sleepless Night
  • November 11: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
  • November 18: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • November 23: Bad Santa 2
  • December 16: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • December 16: Chicken Soup For The Soul
  • December 21: Assassin’s Creed
  • December 25: Jumanji

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