Why does that scare me so?
The short answer would be Enterprise.
Now for the long answer.
In the last few years a lot of stuff has been “reimagined”. A lot of it has been sci-fi and horror, with a few tv shows and classic movies thrown in for flavor. Very little of it has been any good at all. Sure, there are exceptions like Battlestar Galactica, but 90% or so has been horrible.
Why do things need to be reimagined in the first place? Is it to make money? Probably, but wouldn’t it be cheaper to just re-release the older stuff? Maybe spend a little to clean up and “digitaly remaster” the original. After that the cash flow would be mostly profit. You wouldn’t even need to make $70 million on the opening weekend to be a success.
Could it be that the people involved think they can do better? That’s insulting. A lot of the stuff getting this kind of treatment have a lot of fans. Ask a fan of horror movies what the top 10 of all time are. More than likely Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be in there somewhere. Follow that up with “Oh yeah, Jessica Biel was good in that” if you want to get a beating.
In a few years I expect to see a reimagining of Harry Potter. It might go something like this…
Harry is a low level thug in some British street gang. He hates himself for being a criminal, but it’s the only life he knows. When he gets arrested for some petty crime, he gets questioned by some serious government agents. Turns out the abusive alcoholic and the crackhead prostitute who raised him aren’t really his aunt and uncle. He’d been abducted as a child to keep his parents from testifying against the head of the gang at that time. When that didn’t work Voldemort just killed ‘em. Voldemort was injured in the gunfight with the Potters when a stray bullet hit a propane tank. The safe house they were in went up in a ball of flame, killing the Potters and burning Voldemort beyond recognition. The cops assumed he was dead, but now he’s back and he’s looking for revenge. Harry tries to stay alive long enough to kill the man that destroyed his life, while working with those he was raised not to trust, the law. An action packed thriller, filled with murder and betrayal.
Yeah, sounds magical.
Feel free to reimagine this on your blog. A link back would be nice.