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Remakes on the scene, if you know what I mean

By: Tinsley Tullos

Viewers might wonder the purpose for re-creating movies that most cases are more than decades old. Is it merely because of the fact that the aged viewers have been patiently awaiting the comeback of these classic titles? Are remakes even remotely necessary? In case one might be wondering the answer, these remakes are created for the sole purpose of establishing traditional awareness in today’s youth.

Soon to be released on October 14, 2011 is the remake of the 1980’s hit Footloose. With stars such as Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Kenny Wormald, this film is sure to strike. Photo courtesy of Google images

Soon to be released on October 14, 2011 is the remake of the 1980’s hit Footloose. With stars such as Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid and Kenny Wormald, this film is sure to strike. Footloose, a 1984 Kevin Bacon-starring film and later 1998 musical, is based on a teenage boy new to an area in which dancing and rock ‘n roll are banned. The boy then proceeds to change the community’s mind by that of biblical example. Out of the many failed attempts to reproduce Footloose, Craig Brewer is the first of multiple directors to get this film off the ground. “Studios are fixated on the idea of pre-sold or recognizable brands,” Mike Fleming says, the editor of Deadline, a prominent film business blog. The power lies in the fact that pre-made films are easily recognizable to elders as well as appealing to younger audiences. Studios and film companies find peace in the idea of “already tested” films in comparison to original concepts.

This 1980’s campy melodramatic musical is not the only film to be re-created in today’s time. Director Kenny Ortega’s Dirty Dancing is on the slate for 2013. Currently, more than 30 remakes of 1980’s film are at some point of the reproduction process, as well as numerous action and comic book characters. Point Break, a 90’s film about surfer thieves along with Top Gun, Robocop and Total Recall are to appear shortly in new format. Straw Dogs, a 1971 hit thriller starring Dustin Hoffman and one of the most controversial movies of its time, topped the charts just a few short weekends ago.

“I think a lot of people have great memories of certain films,” Fleming says. “But then if you go back and watch them … they’re old films now, you know? They don’t hold up. So why not bring a film like this back?”  Trust is held in the traditional titles, a restated opinion in which most directors are learning. It is important to maintain this tradition as a way to uniteAmericaonce again by falling in love with these heart-warming titles.

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