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Reel Thoughts: Stealing from the Past to Make the Future (Good or Bad)

There’s a host of sayings going around that there are no original ideas; everything has been done before, it’s just the spin. Hollywood and the movie industry definitely takes this view- a ton of movies that come through are taken from idea that have already come from either television or older movies that they feel the current target audience (18-35) wouldn’t be familiar with. However, that doesn’t mean that they work with teens. The ones below are covered under Movie Licensing USA and have been taken from sources originated in the 80’s. Do you use them in your programming? Share in the comments!


Was the REAL American hero and KNOWING was half the battle, especially with a PSA after each episode. However, the newer movies have more explosions and rewrote all the love interests…
GI Joe: Rise of Cobra came out in 2009
while GI Joe Retaliation came out in 2013 (DVD due to be released at the end of July)
and my teens seem to love both.

Another huge 80’s cartoon making a comeback has been Transformers…  from epic cartoon battles…

to live action and CGI, it has killed at the box office. I geek over the fact that they’ve gotten a lot of the original voice actors for the Transformers, even if I have real issues with the way women are portrayed in the films. And a fourth one is on the books for June 2014, with Mark Walhberg  as the lead (you go, Marky Mark).

But not all of the 80’s remakes have been cartoons.  Take for example:
RED DAWN. Made in 1984, The Wolverines took on Russia when they invaded and saved the good old USA. (Didn’t remember that Baby and Johnny Castle had a movie BEFORE Dirty Dancing, didja?) Now, in 2012, movie makers traded Russia for China and we got
RED DAWN. With Peeta. And a very shorn Thor. I haven’t seen this one, but my teens are clamoring for it, so I bet it’ll be on our fall rotation.
I am excited to see CARRIE.
 I love the original with Sissy Spacek, and have high hopes for the new one with Chloe Moretz.


These we can just look at the pictures and not talk about.




And there are more remakes coming. According to IMDB.com, there are remakes coming for The Highlander (which may be delayed since Ryan Reynolds just dropped out of the title role), Scarface, Dirty Dancing (not just the bad sequels),Escape from New York, and others. These can be good, bad or inbetween, but sometimes I really just want something that I don’t need to compare it to.

From Page to Screen and Coming to a Theater Near You

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a movie junkie. Even more, I love movies that are based off of books- the best of both worlds, right? Except not when there are huge parts that *I* think may be important parts that are left out for editing reasons (think Harry Potter 7) or a change in the ending (The Firm).  At any rate, as more and more studios use books for their inspirations, I have more chances to enjoy (or rant) about how the conversion went.  Here are some that are coming up for this summer- are you going to see them?
One that I am super excited about (even though I haven’t seen a trailer yet) is Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes.  Set to come out June 7, I am buzzing that one of my favorite books is making it to the big screen!  I can only hope that it makes it to theaters nation-wide- I was so bummed that Fat Kid Rules the World was never playing anywhere near me (and I am in a HUGE metropolitan area).
I also want to see Geography Club. Based off of Bret Hartinger’s book, the trailer looks really good.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQb2-a685sw?rel=0]


Midnight’s Children based from Salman Rushdie’s book….

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6T35sFH_as?rel=0]
Star Trek: Into Darkness, which while not based off of any *current* book that I can find, has TONS of book tie-ins, so I am completely counting it.

The Great Gatsby (directed by those who brought you Moulin Rogue– and I  may have to get the soundtrack if the music in the movie lives up to the trailer)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN183rJltNM?rel=0]

World War Z, which I’ve not read the book yet, and won’t before the movie because I want to be surprised….

 [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EC7P5WdUko?rel=0] 

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, the second in the series….

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KoOtiuSjuI?rel=0]

 Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based of the first in the Mortal Instruments series (which has 5 books so far and the 6th set for publication in 2014)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHlwRsl2uFk?rel=0] 

Carrie, based off of Stephen King’s work, and evoking the memories of the movie with John Travolta…

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkjVoW3WZdI?rel=0]

Which ones are you looking forward to?