Yeah I’ve been waiting to hear more about this. Another retread, like films have an expiration date and must be rebooted every 30 years.
I was reading an item about the upcoming Avatar, and one of the things that counts against it in the minds of market prognosticators is that it’s an original screenplay. Let that settle for a minute. That’s right, it’s considered bad box office to make a movie where the ticket buyers aren’t already safely familiar with the story. They want to go in knowing the ending. This boggles me entirely but goes a long way to explain why the Hollywood papmakers keep churning out the same stale tripe year after year.
(To my mind, that was one of the most valuable issues raised by Van Sant’s version of Psycho: it seemed to intentionally question the wisdom of this trend.)