I'm sick of Hollywood reboots. Spider-man, Robocop, Time Cop, The A-Team, etc. I understand the marketing appeal—these are stories that come with a built-in audience—but, for me, it's beginning to have the opposite effect. These days, I avoid seeing a reboot unless it is exceptional. It's simply been overdone and it achieves nothing.
Hollywood: why not build on the franchises? Why not use the material that is already there?
So what if you have a new actor to play Spider-Man? So what if you want to change a few details—do we really need to have that lame spider-bite story retold all over again for no reason? Every cartoon, comic, movie adaptation—the spider-bite has been told and re-told too many times. It is, simply, boring. At the very least, you could have given us a two-minute recap of the story and then plowed forward into new territory. (And the first of the reboot movies lacked emotional depth, horrible acting, plot holes, questionable special effects ... so I have no plans on seeing this summer's version, no matter what the trailers look like.)
With a few tweaks any of the forthcoming stories could build on the existing tales without the need for extensive recapping or retelling.
But Hollywood is run by businessmen, not creators. Originality and quality are a by-product, not the product.
Writer of speculative fiction. Current work in progress is an untitled dark fantasy novella.