Love them or loath them, movie reboots are an integral part of modern-day Hollywood. Why come up with something fresh and original when there’s a bucketload of cash to be made from rehashing ideas that have been done before?
That would be the cynical way to look at this filmmaking practise, but in all fairness, the reboot isn’t always such a bad thing. Without it, the world wouldn’t have the recent Planet of the Apes prequel trilogy, Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies or Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond.
When a talented director takes an existing property and reimagines it in a unique way, the results can be just as refreshing as an original project, providing they do justice to the source material and treat it with respect. Too often, though, movie reboots are simply money-grabs that milk the original for all its worth while lazily retreading its story scene for scene with inferior actors in the leading roles.
True to form, the plethora of reboots slated for release in 2018 is a proverbial mixed bag. Some of them could have potential, others are shameless cash-ins, and a handful of them might even surprise you with their very existence.