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.