I’m noticing a trend in movies and TV. Apparently the whole comic-book thing is getting boring (how many times can you re-boot stuff? I’m annoyed with the Spiderman remake, and I’m even more annoyed with the fact that as soon as Nolan is done with “Batman” then it’s going to get a remake too), so now people are going for fairy tales. Granted, there’s nothing wrong with fairy tales, as they’re classics for many people (that is, depending on if you read the PG-13 version or the G version when you were a kid). However, there has to be a limit on the amount of reboots. So far, here’s what I’ve seen about remakes.
- ABC’s “Once upon a Time.” This is a basic compilation of fairy tales and some mythological stories and tying them all together… with all of the characters having counterparts in the real- world due to a curse. It’s an interesting concept, but I think it could be done so much better; it’s sort of reminding me of “Lost”: give a ton of back story with the real plot not moving forward very much. Except “Lost” had deeper, more interesting characters and more real humor.
- “Mirror Mirror.” This movie is a re-telling of the Snow White legend. I watched about fifteen seconds of the trailer before turning it off because it looked so stupid.
- “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Lo and behold, another re-telling of the Snow White Legend… with Kristen Stewart from “Twilight.” Her as Snow White? You have got to be kidding me. The plot looks more interesting than the other one, but I’m still not interested in seeing it.
- In the past two weeks, I’ve read that two separate TV networks are working on separate versions of the “Beauty and the Beast” story. Two versions? Ugh…
- Isn’t Jack the Giant Killer based off of a fairy tale too? I saw the trailer in theaters for “Sherlock Holmes 2,” and it didn’t look very interesting.
- The recent retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood” that looked like a “Twilight” knock-off.
- There was a movie a year or two ago that was a modern re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast.” I don’t remember the name, but I never saw it because it didn’t look interesting at all.
I’m sure more fairy tales will be adapted for movies or for TV soon, given this rising trend.
My conclusion? Hollywood is running out of ideas. They don’t have anything good, so they have to go find source material in fairy tales because comics are getting overused. I grimace at how many of these stories are going to butcher the original story, be unmemorable, or just be sacrilegious in the name of literature.
Now back to working either on vampire bounty hunters or my re-telling of the “Beauty and Beast” legend :P