Over the past few weeks, Hollywood has announced major new project after major new project.
The thing is, they’re all old.
Warner Bros. is said to be close to a deal for a seven-season TV series adaptation of the Harry Potter books … only 11 years after they completed a massively popular eight-film adaptation of those same novels, which loads of people are still watching.
Disney is planning a live-action version of its musical cartoon “Moana,” which hit theaters in 2016 and is best known for its suddenly threatening song title “How Far I’ll Go.” It will star famed Disney princess Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
And — in a galaxy, far, far away that’s become far, far overstretched — Daisy Ridley is returning to play boring Rey in yet another “Star Wars” film, even though we were adamantly told that the Skywalker Saga was over back in 2019.
Hollywood is suffering from a far more insidious disease than a simple bout of sequelitis. And its symptoms are much worse than those of the Nostalgiavirus. Hollywood is bedridden and incapacitated with Nothing-new-monia.
In short, the industry’s totally run out of ideas.
Audiences are stuck watching the same stuff, only worse than before, over and over and over again. Welcome to the Age of Intellectual Property, in which a handful of top entities are greedily recycled, plundered and sapped of heart until we start to resent their very existence.
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