I chuckled a bit at the notion of West Side Story being wildly original. It was well done, but it was an adaptation of a stage show that itself was a musical remake of a 400 year old Shakespeare play that had previously been filmed multiple times.
I'm also surprised no one has mentioned yet the news about the latest remake of A Star is Born, this time to star Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. This appears to be the same script that Clint Eastwood was going to film a couple of years ago, with Beyonce in the lead, along with Cooper, but Clint dropped out when Beyonce did, and Cooper is apparently directing now.
And James, I would love to see that info as well. I don't think people realize how many remakes have always been released by Hollywood, as well as multiple films with similar storylines or situations, often in the same weeks or months. The same with trends in regards to literary adaptations. There were years with too many Tennessee Williams films, and too many Love Story style love stories, or too many Grisham-esque legal thrillers, or hard-boiled detectives, etc etc. It's cyclical. It's perhaps more off-putting at the moment, since the trends are superheroes and YA SF & fantasy, but that's the ticket-buying market at the moment, too. It will take one or two big hits in another direction and we'll be on to the next over-exposed trend.
Well said. Yea, I also understand the off-putting effect at the moment with the superheroes etc.. .but as you note that is just a current trend.
Get-TV has been focusing on the crime \ detective type serials of the 40s. I didn't know there were so many of them. They appear to have been a big part of Columbia's output during the decade; e.g. Lone Wolf, Boston B-L-A-C-K-I-E, and The Crime Doctors. There are around 35 films from these 3 serials alone.
Yea, to view the movie release of West Side Story as an original work is kind of out there.
A Star is Born is sound source material. Why not let a new 'team' use this sound source material and make a movie. Where I think people get confused is that many interpret that in a way like 'Lady Gaga is no Judy Garland'. I just don't look at it in this way. Instead I see folks that recognizes a great story and wish to tell that story from their own POV. Gaga has a great version of Check to Check with Tony Bennett. That doesn't mean she is saying she is Ella! Instead she is just honoring a great song and a previous era. To me that is showing respect and not disrespect like so many 'old timers' assume.