T2 TRAINSPOTTING, and the Rebootitis Effect


…to largely avoid – through commenting on – the pitfalls of sequelitis by cinematically correlating an addict’s desire to recreate their earliest and thus strongest drug trips with audiences wanting to revisit movie franchises again and again, including this one! The past is as potent of an influential pull as narcotics.

And now, for a story that demonstrates how Hollywood has also contracted rebootitis of late:

A friend works at a movie theater playing T2 Trainspotting. Pre-show, some patrons apparently believe it’s a remake, not a sequel. Assuming Ewan’s the only actor they know, he theoretically could’ve been playing a different role in a reboot.

In any case, the confused expectations are a testament to how remakes have almost become more commonplace than sequels in today’s movie landscape, which is sad since they require even less invention. While sequels alleviate studio writers from needing to thoroughly develop characters from the beginning, reboots offer that luxury AND remove the responsibility of conjuring up new stories.

P.S. Adapting a story from other mediums to the screen requires far more structural work than remaking movies that already provide a cinematic framework for telling the story.

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