Recently I saw the headlines that the classic 90’s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel air was in its early stages of launching a reboot. Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, will be launching a new family comedy that puts a new twist on the classic storyline while also maintaining the same general feel of the original TV show. The ’90s Fresh Prince was incredibly popular during it’s time and ran for six seasons before coming to an end in 1996.
The Fresh Prince of Bel air is one of many remakes that have hit the screen in recent years. From “The Grinch” to “Fuller house,” viewers are seeing a growing number of remakes of old favorites.
So what’s driving this love for remakes? Reboots are not a new thing to television, but they currently seem to be a huge trend in the world of film. According to a source from ABC studios, the new development of reboots is a “mix of branding, safety-conscious studios and quality work based on older ideas but with new faces.”
One of the biggest reasons that reboots are trending is the decrease in people actually attending theatres. Reboots have a higher chance of actually being successful in the box office; making a movie that already has a loyal fan base alleviates some of the pressure for filmmakers. An example of a successful reboot would be Baywatch starring Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson. Johnson is currently standing as one of the highest-paid actors and is a huge hit with the younger generation. The movie did very well because the younger audience showed up for the hit celebrity actors while the older generation came to relive their favorite tv show. The producers are essentially trying to maximize their chances at being successful by expanding their reach.
Just because there are more reboots, revivals and remakes doesn’t mean they always work. There have been multiple over the years that have made mistakes in the plot line that have turned viewers off; however, the payoff is worth the risk if it ends up paying off.