Why Can’t Anyone Come Up with an Original Movie Idea?


The 1987 Mel Brooks classic Star Wars parody “Spaceballs” features this line from the Yoda-spoofed character Yogurt: “God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs 2: The Search For More Money.”

I remember being a young, naive lad and asking my parents if this was indeed true: Was there really going to be a sequel? They chuckled, patted me on my moppy head and told me that it was simply a joke.

Fast forward about 20 years, and that joke may be becoming a reality, as Brooks has indeed hinted there could be a sequel to “Spaceballs.”

Is it just me, or does it seem like everything being released these days is a remake or reboot?

Plot idea: Lone Starr breaks out of retirement home.

Plot idea: Lone Starr breaks out of retirement home.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d welcome another “Spaceballs” movie like Lone Starr and Barf lapping up water after trudging through the desert carrying Princess Vespa’s matched luggage.

But are the remakes getting out of control?

The following are some TV shows and movies soon being remade, rebooted, sequeled, etc.: The X-Files, Full House, Independence Day, Tales From the Crypt, Twin Peaks…I could probably keep going.

Amusingly, just as I began work on this post a few day ago, a report surfaced that HBO’s excellent TV series “Deadwood,” which ended prematurely in 2006, may get a movie to conclude the story.

Remakes/reboots can be hit or miss for me, and mostly I have found them to be disappointing. One such project was “Arrested Development.” As one of my favorite comedy TV shows ever, I was completely stoked that the goofy Bluth family would be returning in a Netflix original series.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t same. In fact, it was pretty bad. I struggled to make it through the episodes without falling asleep (basically this was me).

“With Bob and David,” a recent Netflix reboot of HBO’s bizarre but amazing sketch comedy “Mr. Show” featuring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, had some funny moments. But it definitely didn’t have any classic skits such as The Audition or Pre-Taped Call-In Show (please wait until finishing this post before getting sucked into a “Mr. Show” YouTube hole).


Spinoffs? Totally different story! We LOVE spinoffs!

Remakes can be a good thing, in theory. For TV shows that were canceled before coming to a satisfying conclusion, it’s great for fans to get some answers. I’m pretty giddy about “Twin Peaks” making a return to TV, as it went off the air way back in 1991. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t suck. Ditto for the “Deadwood” movie.

If you have made it this far and are screaming, “Yeah, but what about the new Star Wars movie? That was pretty great.” On that end, I’d agree. “The Force Awakens” was outstanding and is definitely an example of a remake done right.

But if something is seemingly made because, Why not, people will watch it just because it used to be popular years ago, I find it a bit annoying. Sometimes I feel like saying, “Can’t anyone write anything original anymore?”

However, I certainly know all too well: Writing is hard. Really hard. One of my top goals in life is to write a book. I don’t even care about being published. I just want to be able to hold the book in my hand (even if it’s just a pile of pages I print off Microsoft Word and bind together with one of those paper clip/binder things) and say, “I wrote that.”

Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done, and I’ve had trouble gaining any sort of traction with my book.

I guess what I’m trying to say with this Deep Thoughts tangent is that I can’t criticize any absence of original content being produced. And it just makes the current original content being made today, like TV shows “Rectify” and “The Leftovers” that much more special.

So have all of the good stories already been told, simply recycled and changed just enough to seem different? I don’t think so. But sometimes it feels like it.

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