I always surprises me when I find out that Hollywood has plans to remake what I consider to be classic movies. This week I came across announcements that the new “Ghostbusters” is going to feature an all female cast, “The Fantastic 4” is being given a ‘reboot’ with a twist and that Harrison Ford has been replaced in the renewal of the classic “Indiana Jones”.
I am not sure why the movie studios have this passion for remaking these classics – it would seem to me that they were fine as they were and that they should concentrate on new ideas and new stories but they don’t – it is obvious that they want to stick with a winning story, something tried and tested – they want to recreate something that already has had success – they want people to come to the cinema, pay for their ticket and then buy the Blue Ray but I think that there is more to it as well.
Perhaps it is that people desire familiarity; that new ideas are harder to sell than old trusted ones; perhaps it points to the truth that Solomon pointed out
“That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Big stories always seem to get retold and refreshed for each subsequent generation. We are probably overdue for a new ‘Titanic’ or ‘Conan the Barbarian’, I know for a fact that ‘Batman’ is again in production and probably a lot more that I don’t even know about… it will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the coming years.
I love new stories, new concepts and new ideas but I have learned something – men and women are always striving for something new: new discoveries; new understandings and new philosophies. But no matter how hard they try they cannot ignore the ‘old truths’ and the ‘old stories’. They may need ‘refreshing’ as a new generation looks at them with new eyes but the old truth is still truth…
A lot of people discount the message of Christ because it is old…it has a lot of old tradition attached and occasionally looks like it is out of date – but just like the movies made for a new set of eyes, the story behind the packaging is still valid and worthy of a fresh look.
I don’t know when the last time was that you had a look at the Gospel – the message of Christ – but perhaps it is time for some fresh eyes?