Wednesday, July 04, 2012
I'm not sure how surprised I am to learn that I am not that desperate to see the new Spiderman movie.
I think this stems from the fact that this is a reboot, a remake of an existing film to tell the same story again with different actors and in a slightly different way.
I know this happens and I know it can be necessary. We've all seen films and TV shows where the end product falls slightly short of the mark. I would love to see a remake of Xanadu, for instance, where the plot is as good as the soundtrack.
Battlestar Galactica is an example of where the slightly camp cheesy 1970s original was very successfully re-imagined as a dark, serious and eminently watchable series.
Where Spiderman differs from BSG is that the original was an already successful and relatively recent film franchise. It was popular with both comic and mainstream fans even though the story differed from the original here and there.
To my mind, there was no need to remake it and I feel exploited, in a way, to be offered a new version quite so soon.