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People always do remakes of good movies. Why don't people remake bad movies? In other industries people are successful by making a better version of a competitors bad product. Imagine if we did this with movies?

(This is one of the many points made by this person from Pixar in this excellent talk from Stanford Biz School)

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Case in point: Mars Attacks!

It happens in music all the time. There's a reason everyone associates All Along the Watchtower with Hendrix...

I didn't see the talk, but I'd assume the answer is that most films that are bad are bad because they are poorly written (at least, this is my most common criticism of Hollywood films). If the script is poor, there isn't anything really worthwhile to remake...

Also, by remaking a film widely thought of as good, you get, in effect, a marketing benefit by association, and avoid the cost of overcoming the stigma of a bad film.

In no way does the above explain Windows 7, however.

Edited at 2010-01-03 11:09 pm (UTC)

Usually, people remake movies they liked but wanted to try a different take on, and/or movies that were widely enough liked that a remake would get an automatic marketing & curiosity bump from the association. Neither of those are as likely to motivate people to remake bad movies, and when people do remake formerly bad movies, we mostly aren't as aware of the original so they don't come to mind as remakes.

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