You’ve gotta love Hollywood. So creative. So inventive. So out of the box. Yeah… Makes you feel good about writing creative, inventive, out of the box spec scripts.

Right?

I mean hey… Just look at what we have to look forward to coming up on the horizon…

These are just what I could find in less than ten minutes searching the web. I’m confident that IF I kept looking, I would find scores of other remakes and reboots sitting in the virtual hopper. In fact, there’s plenty of these that I’ve just heard about through the grapevine and that list is extensive.

As a screenwriter, how does that make you feel?

As an audience member or “potential” audience member, how does that make you feel?

I only ask because I’m very much interested in your TAKE. With one hell of a lot of Indie films i.e., films NOT MADE by Hollywood studios — sitting on shelves because there is still not much out there in the way of real distribution, it’s got to make you wonder what’s happened to this industry that we obviously love so much that we try to break into it with our screenplays.

I’ve had a lot of email over the last six months asking me why I don’t post that much anymore… It’s because Hollywood has made me sad and I don’t really have that much good to say about this industry these days and I really don’t want anyone to interpret what I may post to mean that they should give up their hopes and dreams.

Because that’s not what I’m sayin’…

At all.

It’s just good to know what you’re up against. It’s good to know what the current state of the ART is so to speak. I mean hey… Let’s say you do manage to break in to the business… Do you want to write all this remake and reboot material?

If you do, more power to you. Unfortunately for me, my MIND’s NOT RIGHT for this model and I haven’t even mentioned sequels or prequels.

But I get it.

After being in this business MORE or LESS — for awhile — I get it.

Money. That’s right… MONEY. That’s what it’s ALL about these days. Sure, there are a handful of people still trying to make an original film that speaks to an audience… THANK GOD. But by and large, it’s all about the money.

Rather than take a chance on new material, it’s simply easier to update some old film and guess what? It doesn’t even have to be a classic anymore!

Hollywood has decided to say, “FUCK YOU” to us old timers who used to live at the theater from Friday to Sunday. We’re the same ones who bought hundreds of VHS tapes of our favorite films and then eventually upgraded to DVD. Hell, I even bought a few re-released films on DVD just because of the additional extras the previous DVD didn’t have.

Instead, they embrace the 14 to 27 year olds who apparently make up the majority of movie ticket buyers these days. Are you writing for that demographic?

Just asking.

What I find interesting here is that they don’t even make that much original material for this demographic… Rather, they figure, “Hey, it worked before, it will work again as long as we update it to work for the current audience.”

How true.

How terrible.

No wonder my Dish Network tuner sits on TCM most of the time but hell… Most of those movies weren’t even made for my demographic… In fact, they came way before my time but they still work for me today so I watch them when the opportunity presents itself.

Sure… I’ve done pretty much the same as a lot of people my age have done… Watch what I want to watch at home. But I gotta tell ya… I miss seeing good movies up on the big screen. I really do. There’s just something about seeing certain kinds of scenes played out on forty-five plus feet of movie screen.

But I miss going to the theater.

Just not enough to go back. I don’t miss the cell phones. I don’t miss the scene by scene narration of an audience member to someone on their cell phone. I don’t miss audience members talking all the way through a film. And from what I recall when I was at the movies last… To see INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS — the younger demographic really doesn’t give a shit about those same things that seem to just annoy the shit out of me.

Good for them.

I’ll stay home.

Hollywood can keep making films for THEM. They don’t need me to write them. I’ll keep writing what I like. What makes me still love movies. What makes me still want to go to the theater.

I wonder IF THEY KNOW that there are MILLIONS of US sitting out there that want to go to the movies again?

Sure they do.

They just don’t give a shit.

Unk

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