Variety is reporting that Charlie’s Angels will hit the big screen again on June 7th, 2019. The film is set to be directed by Elizabeth Banks, famous for her work as Betty Brant in the original Spider-Man and as Miri in Zack and Miri Make A Porno. This would be the second feature that Elizabeth Banks has directed, the first one being Pitch Perfect 2.
The big question I have to ask is why? I haven’t seen a film that Elizabeth Banks has directed so she may be a great director. This version of Charlie’s Angels may be a good film. It certainly couldn’t be any worse than the Drew Barrymore versions in 2000 and 2003. It would certainly be better than the reboot for ABC that occurred in 2011. But why are we looking at our third reboot of this franchise is less than twenty years? Is there really any audience for Charlie’s Angels that’s clamoring for more films?
I’m all for giving remakes. There may be times where a certain filmmaker has love for a certain property and has a new take on the subject. But studios only seem interested in developing properties that already have some name value without taking into consideration what drove people away from that franchise to begin with.
One common complaint among movie fans has to do with the amount of remakes and sequels Hollywood offers but according to The Washington Post, there are some factors at work. Remakes and sequels end up costing less money to make than a major property that has to start from scratch. There is already a built in audience for these properties so advertising dollars can be spent more judiciously. Lastly, foreign markets rule Hollywood in today’s economy. Just because a film may fail in America due to being a retread doesn’t mean others around the world will feel the same. Often, these remakes or sequels will tend to do big business overseas since a lot of foreign markets are probably being exposed to these properties for the first time.
Remakes will not go away. Nor should they. Remakes, sequels, soft reboots, when given to the right team, can produce great results. And sometimes that new take on something old can bring new appreciation for the original property. My hope with Charlie’s Angels is that the film is being made for the right reasons.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see Elizabeth Banks direct the Charlie’s Angels remake? What do you think of remakes in general? Are there too many being made? Sound off in the comments section below.