Original Idea

Malcolm Hulke, a British TV writer responsible for several Doctor Who stories in the Sixties and Seventies, said: “What you need for science fiction is a good original idea. It doesn’t have to be your original idea.”

No where it that statement more true than Hollywood; where sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots abound. Sometimes even within the same year an idea is reused. In 1998, Armageddon and Deep Impact were released and both had the threat of massive meteor collisions at the centre of their plot. Last year Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman were retellings of the Snow White story.

This year, once again, we have a pair of films due for release that seem to have the same premises (and set on the same premise at that). From the IMDb plot summary of Olympus Has Fallen:

A former Secret Service agent works to save the President after he is captured in a terrorist attack on the White House.

From the IMDb plot summary of White House Down:

A Secret Service agent is tasked with saving the life of the U.S. President after the White House is overtaken by a paramilitary group.

I know, these are obviously completely different films; in the first one it is a former Secret Service agent and the White House was attacked by terrorists and not a paramilitary group. So apologies for suggesting that these movies might be similar at all.

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Published in: on 11 February, 2013 at 6:56  Leave a Comment  

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