Hollywood Continues Its Copycat Tradition

June 13, 2012 By:
Hollywood Continues Its Copycat Tradition

The film industry loves to repeat itself… Just look at all the sequels out there.

In addition to reworking the same concept in a series format, Hollywood movie makers love to rework the same concept even when making it for the first time. Linda Lovelace, Snow White, and Steve Jobs are the latest subjects continuing the time-honored tradition of duplicate movies in theaters relatively close to each other.

Conflicting reports of who was going to play deep-throating icon Linda Lovelace spawns from the fact that there’s actually two films being produced: Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story, and, simply, Lovelace.

The first is an autobiography adaptation of Lovelace based on the book of the same title. Lindsay Lohan was originally on slate to star in this one. Malin Akerman has since replaced her. The second, Lovelace, is an original film that will star Amanda Seyfried.

Both films highlight the porn star’s unfortunate experience with relationships… abuse.

Then, of course, there are the competing Steve Jobs films. Ashton Kutcher will play the tech mogul in one and a second will be written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Issacson’s biography.

And let’s not forget the two vastly different interpretations of Snow White this year with Julia Robert’s Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

No, this isn’t the first time the “phenomena” has occurred…

In fact, you can track the trend of similar topics in back-to-back releases to 1931’s Dracula and 1922’s Nosferatu that couldn’t get the rights to Bram Stoker’s tale. Today is simply following suit…

The Illusionist and The Prestige, A Bug’s Life and Antz, Capote and Infamous, Dante’s Peak and Volcano, The Truman Show and Edtv, The Wild andMadagascar….

No, this isn’t Hollywood being infertile with creativity, as much as many would like to claim. It’s simply business… Different studios are cashing in on the same moneymaker ideas.

And then there’s us… who will pay money to see the same film with different actors as many times as they’ll let us.