By our guest blogger, Joe Oliveto
It’s often been said that there are no original ideas in Hollywood these days, and while most fanboy complaints tend to be based on exaggeration and over-simplification, in this instance, those who cry foul tend have a good point. Take a look at what is playing in your local theater, and odds are you’ll see a list of remakes, reboots, sequels, adaptations, and maybe the occasional spinoff. Even Christopher Nolan had to direct the biggest superhero film of all time before he was able to get something unique like “Inception” off the ground.
20th Century Fox, a studio that tends to spend too much time focusing on sub-par action fare, doesn’t seem like the kind of place we should look to for fresh and original ideas, but according to Deadline, that might soon change. The studio plans to establish a workshop where writers can spend time developing original ideas rather than focusing on current properties. Right now they are working with screenwriters in the action and comedy genres, but if this is a success, we could reasonably expect to see it expand to encompass other types of films as well.
At this stage, it is way too early to determine whether or not this will be the change that the film industry needs, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. While Hollywood wasn’t exactly founded on fresh ideas—most of the greatest films of all time, from “The Wizard of Oz” to “The Godfather,” are adaptations—it is tiring to be exposed to the constant barrage of rehashed stories. Audiences are ready for new cinematic experiences, and it’s high time Hollywood delivered.