Remakes are very common in popular culture. Witness how many times A Christmas Carol has been re-made (60), King Kong (four), War of the Worlds (five), plus now we have a plethora of TV shows back on the air like 90120, V, The Office, etc, not to mention spin offs like Law and Order, NCIS, etc., with their endless sequels.
Most remakes are never as good as the original. Take Planet of the Apes, for example. The first film is a classic, and stands the test of time. The sequels were of dubious quality at best, and the TV show was best forgotten. The last remake, with Mark Walberg, was a complete disaster, both creatively and financially. Yet Hollywood continues to remake properties over and over again, trying to milk every last dime out of them, as opposed to offering new, original scripts or at least adaptation of books that have never been done (FOUNDATION by Asimov, for example). When new films or TV shows do emerge, those are projects like Paranormal Activity, made for a paltry $11,000.00 that has now grossed $85,000,000.00 to date!
So if money is the prime reason why Hollywood continues to recycle old, stale properties, than they have really missed the point. Even if you factor in the advertising cost for this film, Paranormal Activity has generated at least $83,000,000.00 in gross profits. Do you think V or Apes, or Christmas Carol could do or have done that?
Which bring me to lamps and lighting. Why are many of the manufactures remaking the same, tired, boring designs over and over again? Isn’t this the 21st Century? Granted, there are a few forward thinking manufacturers like Varaluz, ET2, PLC and Hubbardton Forge who have embrace the future, but there are many companies out there that are just remaking the same old boring vanity lights, chandeliers, floor lamps and sconces, all incandescent or halogen, no green technology, and more importantly, no pizzazz.
Shouldn’t every fixture considered for production be green tech? Starting in California next year, this will be mandated by law. Yes, the wholesalers and retailers will be allowed to sell off their inventory (which will mean good short term savings and deals), but after a certain cut off date, that will be that, and no more. This happened 2 years ago with the 300 watt halogen fixtures, which were outlawed by an act of Congress, due to fire hazard, no to mention the high energy costs.
So the incandescent bulb is next to go, and all the fixtures that can only accommodate them. All of those remakes of the same tired, boring lamps are destined for oblivion.
Just like most of those tired old remakes of classic films and TV shows.