Everything old is new again. At least in Hollywood (Betty White anyone? Gotta love her!). But some announcements over the past week had one person on twitter asking: Is there any original thought in Hollywood? This week’s top offenders of unoriginality are……
With all the different vampire or paranormal themed shows out there (‘True Blood’, ‘Vampire Diaries’, and ‘Supernatural’), MTV apparently feels a little left out. Not to be out done, they are planning a television remake – or rather a re-imagining — of the movie “Teen Wolf”. MTV made waves when a trailer for the show, set to air in the spring, leaked onto the web.
Really, think of the overall darker feel of ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’. This is more of a different take on those two franchises than a cookie-cutter remake of the movie. Like the original, Scott, (played by Tyler Posey) becomes a star player on his sports team and first transforms into the beast at a party. But the similarity pretty much ends there. He was bitten instead of inheriting his ability and he plays lacrosse in lieu of basketball.
I am giving them ‘A’ for effort. After all, they did attempt to make a story about a teenage werewolf and put their own spin on it. But it is dishonest for them to try to capitalize off the movie and say it’s a re-make. Clearly, the two are not the same. And hopefully, that’s a good thing.
The unanswered question is this: Will people bite this appearing on a network that made Snookie a household name?
Back to Buffy
Sometimes things come full circle. Don’t thank the ‘Twilight’ series for the vampire craze. That praise belongs to the original Buffy movie directed by producers Fran and Kaz Kuzui, which ultimately led to director Joss Whedon’s cult television series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Hmm, where would we be today if not for the movie?
Yes, Whedon made Buffy a cult classic, but the movie inspired it all. I’m staying hopeful about the whole thing but comments left by Buffy fans on E!Online show they are not thrilled at all. Especially since Whedon is not involved.
You see, the problem studio that Warner Bros will face is that for millions of fan, Buffy and Whedon are synonymous with one another. Will Hollywood ever discover the proper way to do a re-make without alienating the target audience?
Oh well, at least the original ‘Buffy’, actress Kristy Swanson, is supportive of the remake, even if Whedon isn’t sinking his teeth into it.
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