If you're a fan of original Hollywood properties, this summer was your Waterloo: the top six films at the box office ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,' 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides,' 'Fast Five' and 'Cars 2') were all sequels -- and films seven and eight were 'Thor' and 'Captain America: First Avenger,' Marvel features part of a larger 'Avengers' narrative. In fact, the only original original film in the box-office top-ten was 'Bridesmaids.' (Pause here for debates about that film's originality.) Famed film critic Roger Ebert has a reason for this sequel (and threequel, fourquel and fivequel) overload: you.
"For some [audience members]: They fear the new," Ebert told Flavorwire in a new interview. "They fear taking a chance. They fear informing themselves about new films. They remember a good movie experience and desire to repeat it."
Not surprisingly, that fear drives studios to give audiences what they want. "It will grow harder to make a great original film and impossible to avoid remaking it time and again," Ebert said. "Fantastic!" said no one.
Maybe it's the whole notion of the customer always being right that needs a remake? Shia LaBeouf can star. Or Colin Farrell.
[Photo: Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros.]