It seems these days, movie studios are less willing to take risks on original creative ideas.
There are times when sequels, reboots, and remakes work well and are received well. But these are not those times, and today we look at lesser films with 25 Reboots, Remakes, and Sequels That Never Should’ve Been Touched.
But things quickly took a turn for the worse when the director of the original Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman, stepped down after the death of Harold Ramis. Things were then made even worse when the movie studio announced that the story of the original films would be ignored, causing a mass backlash from fans of the original.
Upon release, Ghostbusters (2016) was criticized for poor writing, poor direction, and poor acting. The jokes fell flat, the story failed to make sense, and the performances from the entire cast made this movie feel more like a two hour Saturday Night Live sketch.
The Mummy (2017)
Universal found success once by remaking The Mummy with Brendan Fraser, so why not try again? This time around, Universal was rebooting The Mummy to begin their own shared universe dubbed The Dark Universe.
The Mummy (2017) tried so hard to start a shared universe, that it lacked the proper storytelling to even warrant a sequel. Universal was too concerned with future movies they would make, that they forgot to make The Mummy (2017) decent.
Jaws was a defining movie in the thriller genre. It boasts an excellent script, directing, effects, and soundtrack that all came together to create an American classic as well as the “summer blockbuster.”
In a time when sequels were not nearly as common as they are today, it was risky to try to cash in on a popular film’s success. But that didn’t stop them from making Jaws 2.
Over the years, Jaws 2 has received mixed reviews, but when it first opened at the box office critics gave it overwhelmingly negative feedback. It is largely accepted nowadays as a decent sequel, but that ultimately still had no chance of living up to the classic.
Jurassic Park Sequels and Jurassic World
Its visual effects still hold up today, and its masterful use of suspense make it an instant classic. The sequels and subsequent reboot to the Jurassic Park franchise just don’t do justice to that first journey on Isla Nublar.
They lack the suspense and scientific approach to writing that made Jurassic Park so good to begin with. While the sequels are still fun to watch, we feel they diminish the overall quality of that first movie.
Van Sant filmed a shot for shot remake of the original Psycho. The point was missed of remaking a movie to make the exact same one as before. The remake did poorly and Van Sant received heavy criticism for it.