Opinion: Why Hollywood’s Female Remakes Are Actually Bullsh*t

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Opinion: Why Hollywood’s Female Remakes Are Actually Bullsh*t Sony Pictures

One thing the 2010s decade will be remembered for is the countless remakes, reboots, sequels, prequels, adaptations and ‘reimaginings’ spurting out of Hollywood.

From Jumanji and The Mummy to the upcoming Heathers and Charmed series, literally no movie or tv show is safe.

Although these remakes have been met with plenty of backlash, they’ve also been huge successes in the box-office, proving that plenty of fans really are loving the trip down memory lane.

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Now, running off this success, a new trend coming out of Hollywood is all-female remakes or spins on super successful films and tv series. (Article continues below) 

We’ve already seen Ghostbusters, but now Ocean’s 8, Lord of the Flies and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are on the way, with talks of an all-female Expendables and even a Fresh Princess of Bel Air series. 

With the Time’s Up movement, pay gap outrage and ongoing lack of female roles in front of and behind the camera, it’s an exciting time to be a woman in showbiz, finally biting back at all the inequality over the years.

But I’m calling bullsh*t on these all-female remakes.

For years, moviegoers have yearned to see more female-heavy casts, but there is nothing empowering about these films.

All this trend proves is that Hollywood executives actually don’t trust female performers to carry their own films and create their own classics.

Instead, we have to rely on the successes of past movies built by male actors.

Hey Hollywood, if you wanted to make an awesome movie about ladies pulling off a jewellery heist, kicking butt in a fun sci-fi, or attempting to stay sane after getting shipwrecked on an island, why not just make an original story about it?

If anything, this trend actually alienates many fans of the originals from watching the remakes because they don’t want to see their favourite films butchered!

It’s so easy for people to criticise these remakes as they are immediately and justifiably compared to their originals.

Obviously, they believe the only way to get butts on cinema seats is to slap the title of a beloved classic on movie posters and just tell the same story but with the gender of the characters changed. 

There’s a reason people are still quoting and rewatching movies and shows like Bridesmaids, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Mean Girls, Charmed, Death Proof and Kill Bill (just to name a few!).  

These are original stories that aren't dependant on any pre-exsisting successes and this is what we want more of.

The casts involved in some of the films I’ve mentioned above that are set to come out are an absolute dream (I almost had a heart attack when I saw the cast of Ocean’s 8 with Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Sarah Paulson, and Mindy Kaling), but imagine, just imagine, if Hollywood thought these actresses were good enough to star in their own original film. I’ll be first in line to buy a ticket.

What do you think?

Do you find these all-female cast remakes exciting or are actresses getting ripped off?

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