OPINION: Sequels and reboots are unnecessary cash grabs

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Enjoying media simply because it is old has become increasingly prominent in recent years. Trends of the past are booming in current generations beyond their initial popularity. The uptick in nostalgia means that movie producers are capitalizing on and revisiting what was once loved. This is good news for some, but cinematic sequels always seem to be a gamble for fans.

Beloved movies like “Back to the Future,” “Karate Kid,” “Terminator” and “Jaws” have sequels that are ridiculed by loyal fans. Hollywood is notorious now for remakes, sequels and reboots, even when the original material may not call for it. Fans think they want sequels for their favorite franchise but the situation is sticky when the project is not given to the right director.

“Star Wars” is a major example of this. The galactic reboot is controversial amongst fans. Since its reboot three years ago, the admired franchise and characters have faced four different directors since 2015. “Star Wars” is now a hit or miss, which is expected when there are different directing styles. The Rotten Tomatoes audience approval for “The Last Jedi” is 50 percent compared to the 96 percent of “Star Wars: A New Hope.” The reboots jeopardize decades of lore and canon of classics just for cash.

Pixar almost mastered the skill of sequels with “Toy Story.” The beloved franchise has three films and a fourth set to release in the summer of 2019. The new addition to the trilogy has long-time fans talking. Many original fans of the movie believe that “Toy Story 3” perfectly concludes Buzz and Woody’s adventures.

Pixar, however, has released multiple shorts following the 2010 film to bring in money for the studio. The shorts deter from the main storyline and do not affect the adored ending of “Toy Story 3,” so they can be enjoyed by fans. But adding a fourth movie becomes overkill when fans believe the series had been concluded perfectly.

Regardless of fan approval, sequels bring in money. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was heavily criticized by DC Comics fans, but the superhero flick brought in $873.6 million to Warner Bros. Pictures.

Success of sequels only motivates studios to crank out low-quality films  just for money. Reboots are not necessary, especially with beloved franchises. If the franchise has already made its mark in history and in people’s hearts, there is no reason to reboot or remake classics.

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