If you’re planning on going to the movies in the coming year, I hope you’re a big fan of remakes. The vast majority of the movies Hollywood has produced for the next 12 months are, in a word, unoriginal—but that doesn’t mean they will be bad. 99% of the time, sequels make more money than the original movie. And adaptations are great because there’s a built-in familiarity, and often times an audience that comes along with it. So financially, it makes perfect sense. With that in mind, let’s look at the upcoming categories that are popular for 2013:
Comic Book Movies
The popularity of comic book movies has surged in the last few years, both because of the build in fan base, and the never-ending potential for sequels.
There are multiple billion dollar franchises in the works, from DC’s Justice League, Batman, and Superman films, to Marvel’s (now Disney’s) X-Men, Fantastic Four, and of course, the Avengers.
Obviously, the amount of money made on the Twilight, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games films alone make this possibly the most lucrative category.
Next year we have a few big ones to look forward to: The second installation of The Hobbit, The second Hunger Games film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ender’s Game, and World War Z, to name a few.
This is perhaps the largest category, and certainly the newest hot trend in Hollywood. Take a story that is familiar, and just sort of forget the original existed. Christopher Nolan’s Batman series was a reimagining, or a “reboot,” and look how well it did.
2013 has a bevy of such films, including: Mad Max: Fury Road, Jack Ryan, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Jack the Giant Slayer, OZ: The Great and Powerful, The Lone Ranger, Tomb Raider, and more.
That’s a lot of movies for one year isn’t it? But what about the other ones? Surely this can’t be all of them, right? Correct. There’s always the sequels.
From Star Trek: Into Darkness, to Monsters University, the rest of 2013’s cinematic offerings are all follow-ups to previously successful films. Grown Ups 2, Riddick, Red 2, Fast and the Furious 6, A Good Day To Die Hard, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation—all sequels. In fact, nearly all the comic book films listed above—and a couple book adaptations—are sequels as well.
Don’t mistake this for sour grapes. I’m actually looking forward to several of the films listed above. But it is, if nothing else, an interesting snapshot of our culture, that tells us a few things. Has Hollywood run out of stories? Certainly not. But “Hollywood” ain’t in it to make art. Making movies is business—big business. And if the powers that be aren’t convinced that they have a decent R.O.I, then they won’t gamble millions of dollars making a risky movie.
Author Byline: Brady Kingsly is a copywriter and self-proclaimed film critic for online background check company Instant Checkmate. To find out more about Instant Checkmate, check them out on Crunchbase.