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They Come in Pairs

Posted on the 02 December 2011 by Dkentertainment @TheDKE

With the recently released trailers for the two Snow White films coming to theaters next year, one has to question the motives of Hollywood.  The production studio’s say it was just a coincidence that they both made a Snow White film to be released in the same year.  I mean they aren’t even the same story so it must be random, right?

They Come in PairsWhen was the last time we had a Snow White movie that was mainstream?  Think all the way back to seven dwarfs singing high-ho.
There must be one guy going around every other year to different studios pitching similar ideas, or the competing studios are so unoriginal they decide to do similar but different films to try and capitalize on the market.
It doesn’t take much to see other examples of films that haven’t been done before or since, but just conveniently we had multiples in the same year.  Look at some of these “random” coincidences:
  1. Armageddon vs. Deep Impact
  2. Dante’s Peak vs. Volcano
  3. Finding Nemo vs. A Shark Tale
  4. A Bugs Life vs. Antz
  5. The Illusionist vs. The Prestige

This is reflective of the nature of the film industry.  They are taking less and less chances on original film’s, instead opting to look at the bottom line and hoping to capitalize on used ideas.  I talk about this more in “Where did creativity go?”.
It isn’t like there is a shortage of new ideas and fresh scripts being written, because I personally have written some great scripts.  The sad thing is since these new ideas are deemed to risky; we will get more and more of these similar films that only clog up the box office.
This is a big reason besides ticket prices why less people are making the trip out to the movies.  If this strategy was true years ago, as it is today we may be without films like Star Wars, E.T., and The Wizard of Oz.
What do you think?  Are you tired of all these similar movies that come out within months of each other?

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