In 2012, Sony Pictures decided to reboot Spider-Man a mere five years after Sam Raimi wrapped up the original trilogy starring Tobey Maguire. As comic book adaptations go, the resulting movie was perfectly serviceable, yet the hasty turnaround time left a sour taste in many people's mouths. Which leads to today's question: how long should filmmakers wait before they hit the 'reset' button on a movie franchise? How soon it too soon?
Last night, I caught a media screening of the new Robocop film. Like The Amazing Spider-Man, this is a reboot (or "re-imagining") of the original rather than a straight sequel. While the new version is unfortunately a bit rubbish, at least the filmmakers kept a respectful distance — it's been twenty years since the last sequel hit cinema screens and even longer since the original.
Personally, I think there's something slightly cynical and creatively bankrupt about serving up the same story while the original is still fresh in people's minds. Hollywood is particularly guilty of this when it comes to foreign movies such as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. You need to give us a little breathing space in-between reboots!
So how long do you think filmmakers should wait before churning out a reboot? Is five years too soon? How about ten? Or doesn't it matter? Cast your vote in the poll below!
On a related note, do you think there's a statute of limitations after which a movie reboot ceases to be relevant and viable? The 2002 reboot of The Time Machine and Psycho retread from 1998 spring to mind. Both these films were made long after the original adaptations and turned out to be critical and commercial flops. Is it possible to wait too long? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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