Inception May Be Oscar's Last Chance To Award Originality

I cover nearly 200 movie news stories a month here on Cinema Blend. In addition to giving me an excuse to thinking about movies from the time I wake up till the time I go to bed, it also gives me a pretty good sense of what’s going on in the film industry and what kind of projects are moving into development. You want to know the biggest thing I’ve learned after writing more than 1,700 articles for this site? For every original project there are three remakes, prequels, sequels, reboots, or adaptations.

In the industry’s defense, from a business standpoint this makes all the sense in the world. When making a remake, prequel, sequel, reboot, or adaptation, you’re developing something that you already know people will pay money to see. Sure, Ghost Rider was hated by critics and is judged by fans as being one of the worst modern comic book adaptations, but guess what? Ghost Rider made $228 million internationally, more than doubling its budget. So what happens? A sequel gets greenlit and the second adventure of the flame-skulled motorcycle enthusiast will arrive in theaters on February 17, 2012.

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JL2078d ago

Nice read. I would absolutely love Inception to gets its well-deserved due at the Oscars (not likely, and not possible for Nolan as director). It was a great movie and one of the most creative I've seen in a while. It is sad, on some level, that creativity like this is largely gone unrewarded.

MrMyers2078d ago

Inception was awesome!!! It was the best movie of all of last year!

Sunny_D2078d ago

I think it was a bit overarted. Didn't think it was as amazing as everyone thought. But, it was original.

Quagmire2077d ago

What DID you reckon was the best movie of last year?

Sunny_D2076d ago

I didn't say it was not as good as another movie, now did I? All I said that the plot itself was not the greatest thing people would have you believe. I guess I fell for the hype and expected more.

filmmattic2078d ago

Great read and so very true! If Inception reaps big awards from the Academy, all will be right in the filmmaking world. But of course, this scenario is wholly tenuous. Hollywood will forever be biten by the remake/reboot/sequel/prequel bug. It's money that drives the dissemination of movies; not creativity.

Soldierone2078d ago

There is always a film that "deserves" the reward and everyone wants to win. Remember when Rocky lost? Its all about the Acadamy wanting something else, but today it seems more about marketing and what not. If Inception loses, more people will talk about the Oscars and since the other movies are good too then you can't really be mad.