how can i miss you when you won’t go away?

For years, maybe decades, the complaint about Broadway is that most shows are revivals or adaptations.  In Hollywood, it's remakes and sequels.

But apparently this is true in the book world as well, to a greater extent than I had thought: " Star Characters, Spun Anew, May Live Well More Than Twice "

Of course, like the "whitewashing" I talked about last time, this endless rehashing of old characters and stories is a commercial decision, not an artistic one.

I read an interview with Len Wiseman, the director of the Total Recall remake, and he said he had been trying to make an original big-budget science-fiction picture, but he couldn't get the money. Studios weren't willing to pay for that, but they were willing to pay for him to remake Total Recall. So, that's what he did.

Which is why we have a movie series and at least two TV shows about Sherlock Holmes.  And, in addition to hundreds of other TV shows about vampires, there is now a show called "Dracula" (though, based on what I've read, it seems only tenuously connected to the book that Bram Stoker wrote).

And, because the Ironside remake was so successful (sarcasm – it's already canceled), now they're doing a remake of Murder She Wrote.

So, what do you think of all of these remakes and sequels? And, if you don't like them, are there any exceptions? For example, I do intend to see Les Miserables when it comes back to Broadway next year. 🙂

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