Is Hollywood Stuck In A Remake Rut?

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Joel Mendoza - Co-Founder Fresh Voices/ CEO Attraction Entertainment

Hollywood SignLooking back on movie releases from the last 20 years, it’s easy to see why one would believe that Hollywood is stuck in remake rut, relying too heavily on sequels, prequels, adaptations, reboots, and remakes. One could even be forgiven for arguing that there are no original scripts coming out of Hollywood anymore.

But don’t be discouraged. Many original screenplays break through the Hollywood gridlock and find huge success at the box office. What’s even more exciting is that many are written by previously unproduced writers.  Below is just a partial list of successful films based on original screenplays written by unproduced screenwriters.  (Box Office numbers as reported by Box Office Mojo.)

YEAR

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

WORLD WIDE 

BOX OFFICE

WRITER(S)

2008

Hancock

$624,000,000

Vincent Ngo

2008

Wall-E

$521,000,000

Jim Reardon

2008

Gran Torino

$270,000,000

Nick Schenk & Dave Johansen

2008

Kung Fu Panda

$632,000,000

Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger

2007

Juno

$231,000,000

Diablo Cody

2007

Ratatouille

$623,000,000

Jim Capobianco

2006

Cars

$462,000,000

Dan Fogelman, Kiel Murray, Phil Lorin

2006

The Break Up

$205,000,000

Jeremy Garelick & Jay Lavender

2006

Little Miss Sunshine

$101,000,000

Michael Arndt

2005

Wedding Crashers

$285,000,000

Steve Faber & Bob Fisher

2005

Madagascar

$533,000,000

Mark Burton

2005

Hitch

$368,000,000

Kevin Bisch

2004

The Day After Tomorrow

$544,000,000

Jeffrey Nachmanoff

2003

Finding Nemo

$868,000,000

Bob Peterson

2003

Bruce Almighty

$485,000,000

Mark O’Keefe

2003

Elf

$220,000,000

David Berenbaum

2002

Ice Age

$383,000,000

Michael J. Wilson

2002

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

$369,000,000

Nia Vardalos

2001

Monsters Inc.

$525,000,000

Ralph Eggleston, Daniel Gerson

2000

What Women Want

$374,000,000

Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa

2000

Scary Movie

$278,000,000

Buddy Johnson

1999

American Beauty

$356,000,000

Alan Ball

1998

There’s Something About Mary

$370,000,000

Decter & Strauss

1997

Good Will Hunting

$226,000,000

Matt Damon & Ben Affleck

1995

Braveheart

$210,000,000

Randall Wallace

1990

Pretty Woman

$463,000,000

J.F. Lawton

Author: Joel Mendoza August 2010