Hollywood and the Remake: An Obsessive Movie Fans Rant

All it takes is an announcement made on the morning news, and I was wide awake.  No, it wasn’t the fact that the whole country is going to hell…no…I’m too self-involved to worry about that.  It was the news that Dirty Dancing was being remade by Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame.

I believe I might have gone through the 5 stages of grief in quick succession.

Denial: “Nah.  No studio would remake Dirty Dancing!  It is a classic!  The news just got it wrong.”

Anger: “WHY!?! Why must they do this! I must spread my anger to my followers on Twitter and Tumblr.  So much so that I make them unfollow me for a while! WHY?!?”

Bargaining: “How about this…I will put my support behind the 21 Jump Street movie remake if you don’t touch Dirty Dancing.  I will make sure that even Dallas will be a hit if you don’t touch Dirty Dancing! Deal?”

Depression: “I think I’m just going to stay in bed today.  Have a marathon of the real movie and pray to the movie gods that this doesn’t happen.  *tear* I guess they are going to put baby in a corner! *cries and eats ice cream*

Acceptance:  It is going to happen whether I like it or not. What’s on TV tonight? *grabs remote*

What Is Your Point?

All this for a movie made the year I was born.  I wasn’t even aware of the film till my first massive sleepover when I was eleven.  Why would this news affect me so much?

It is the type of movie that stays with you.  It is considered a cult classic that spawned a television show, stage shows, and a national tour.  It also tapped into what the movie watching
public wanted at the time. They wanted something innocent, sweet, sexy and relatable and Dirty Dancing delivered that and more.

To hear about it being remade by someone who is most famous for directing the High School Musical movies upsets me (even if he choreographed the original Dirty Dancing movie).  High School Musical wasn’t necessarily the worst movies in the world, but the films seem like immature Grease knock-offs!  Dirty Dancing has a message; an image that shouldn’t be messed with or remade into something bubbly or dumbed down for a younger generation.  That is what I fear the movie would become if they remade it with Ortega.

I know that this movie isn’t the only one being remade, but the news about Dirty Dancing set me off. Why fix something that isn’t broken?

Fix What Is Broken? Why?

It seems to me that Hollywood had run out of credible ideas.  They are trying to compete with the internet, improving cable and network television shows and the weak economy.  I’m assuming they think taking something that was already popular will guarantee them a high box office.  That must be why they are remaking every movie under the sun and television show.

In theory, it makes sense.  However, in practice, it can only prove to be disastrous. From the fans to the original producers, actors, writers there are too many cooks in the kitchen; especially when some cooks are kept out, and the soup goes wrong.  Case and point…Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  The creator, Josh Whedon, the cast and the fans think a movie isn’t needed.  However, the studio just ignored everyone and is coming out with a movie without the creator’s approval. How well do you think that is going to turn out? (Knowing the Whedonverse fans…not very well).

Sour Grapes Much, Kid?

I’m pretty negative right now.  I know there have been successful remakes. The best example I can think of is Oceans 11.  I believe that has more to do with who was in the movie and director than anything else.  I could tell the cast, director and writer respected what came before them.  This leads me to this…

Respect? Show Me the Goods First

If Ortega can appreciate the original message of the story and capture a new magic for a new generation, I can suck it up and support the remake.  However…if I hear that Zac Efron is playing Johnny Castle….well…that reaction is for another blog entry.

Acknowledgements

Thank you to NBC 4 News for making me aware of what was happening.  Your news reporting inspired this blog entry.  Also, thank you to Justolderjovi on Twitter for making me aware of the television show.  I am still searching for all its campiness as we speak!

Edit: I found the opening if anyone wants to see it in all its glory!

What is your opinion?  Hollywood Remakes…Yay or Nay?

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