Apparently, it’s finally happened. Hollywood is out of fresh ideas.
From the Attack of the 50-foot Woman to Honey I Shrunk the Kids, those in power in Hollywood have lost it.
Evidence is easy to find.
New TV shows include Training Day and Taken — shows based off of movies — which are not original.
Spinoffs come easy. Remember CSI, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami and CSI: Boise. OK, the last one wasn’t part of it.
NCIS has been the top dog at CBS for a few years. Of course, we also have NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. I’ll admit, I watch all of them and enjoy all of them, but I’m holding my breath to get NCIS: Jacksonville.
After all, Jacksonville is one of the US Navy’s largest ports. It needs it own NCIS show, right?
The Big Bang Theory is getting its own spinoff — Young Sheldon.
I’ll pass. There’s no way I’m watching Doogie Howser, Non-MD. Boy genius has been done in TV already. Plus, eventually something on the new show will contradict the old show and, well, two shows ruined by Hollywood’s greed and non-imagination.
Movies aren’t any better. This month the latest King Kong movie comes out. What’s the plot again? Lost island houses ancient creatures bigger than normal, right? Similar, but not as strong as rich guy finds dinosaur DNA to recreate dinosaurs on an island. What, didn’t realize Jurassic World, a reboot of Jurassic Park, was influenced by King Kong?
Godzilla has been rebooted several times. I like it best when it’s a versus movie. I’m looking forward to Godzilla versus the Power Rangers.
Reboot is the buzz word in Hollywood. Matrix being considered for a reboot. The Fly being rebooted. Ghostbusters was rebooted with an all-female cast. Total Recall was rebooted. So was The Karate Kid and the Bad News Bears.
The Spiderman movies are about to hit reboot No. 2. The first trilogy was OK, the next two with Andrew Garfield were worse and now, we’re on to Spiderman No. 3, a younger version which can play in the Marvel movie universe for years, if they don’t reboot again.
And what’s with Hollywood trying to turn a popular TV show into a movie?
Car 54 Where are You? was horrible. Dukes of Hazard was a hazard to watch. Bewitched? Uh, no.
Throw in Hollywood’s obsession with comic book movies.
The reason these work is simple. There are lots and lots of comic book heroes and a multitude of plot lines already tested in the comic books themselves. For Hollywood types, it’s easy. Read a few, develop storyline, make movie.
What they didn’t count on is the longtime comic book fans reacting the way they have. Green Lantern bombed, neither version of the Fantastic Four was very good. Daredevil was terrible. Things are getting better, but it has a ways to go.
Deadpool was awesome, because we were in on things with the character. But I digress.
For every new idea a Hollywood person has, there are 4 million reboots, remakes, sequels or romantic comedies made.
Thank goodness Star Wars has returned, with plausible plots, storylines and good movie makers. It’s not original, but at least it’s new ideas.
As for me, well, it’s not like I’m any different. I’ve used this topic for a column before. I just rebooted it with more recent failures. I’m sure I’ll break it out in another couple of years after Hollywood tests my patience again and I, obviously, have no idea what to write about.
That’s how reboots happen.
Roger Bluhm is the managing editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe. Follow him on Twitter @roger_dcglobe or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.