“To be fair, economics is to blame for some of the decrease in creativity. A movie studio can make more money with a sequel than a gamble on something creative.” ~Scott Adams, The Heady Thrill of Having Nothing to Do, August 6, 2011
The solution: pick an old topic, freshen it up, and pitch it. Turn a dumb board game into a good movie, and you’ll be able to create a solid work in today’s economy.
21 Jumpstreet is a great example: it’s ostensibly based on an 80s shows, but only shares the very basic premise and a few (hilarious) homages which only serve to make the rest of the original story even more fun.
Hollywood’s already covered remakes, prequels, superheroes, kid’s cartoons, Dr. Seuss books, toys, even board games – the next cash cow, judging from The Great Gatsby and Les Mis, is classical literature. And, as we transition to the inevitable ‘movies based on cereal mascots’ phase of Hollywood’s game plan, the only successes will be those who can embrace reality and craft a stellar story around a terrible terrible concept.