Why are remakes and local adaptation rampant these days?

Philippines
September 14, 2009 7:54pm CST
I know you have noticed this too. Besides remakes of old movies, local adaptation is also rampant in Philippine television. Although sometimes they choose the right material, I still want to see and hear original composition and story. I don't agree however that this is what most people want, since it is the producers who decide what to do. I think therefore that they are just trying to save the industry, and not the art. I also think that piracy plays an important role. We all know that song writers and novelists are not really receiving good pay, and they are hardly being recognized. I even assume that only a few people can mention some names of these great composers and local novelists. For original songs, I am quite sure only a few know about Levi Celerio and George Canseco? For novelists, do you know the likes of Nerissa Cabral and Gilda Olvidado? I just hope we can give original concepts a chance. What do you think?
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10 responses
@jlamela (4906)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
Actually I am beginning to lose interest with our local movie industry, all they have to do is remake films or make adaptations or old films adapted into TV series, sound very upsetting because it seems writers in the entertainment industry are not that talented anymore unlike before, they are not that creative anymore, very disappointing. I hate remakes because it has no originality anymore. Even in the music scene, almost all songs now are remakes, gosh!could they think deeper and come up with original one? It is still best if they can offer and write original manuscripts and compose original songs.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
tagalized ? !
@shhheila (1846)
• Philippines
17 Sep 09
remakes from old movies, remakes from korean, taiwan, japan, mexican dramas! can they think of something new... i prefer to read pocketbooks than watching remakes, the same story but the remakes makes it more complicated and more harder to understand!
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
16 Sep 09
Well, this is the real world. IF they think something is not gonna make it, or receive good ratings, they will not go ahead.. After all, it involves large amount of money in the making, and if it fails, they are the ones to absorb the costs.. Original will always be good, but there tend to be some flaws in it, and since there's someone whom can make it better, or maybe perfect it, so why not?? hehe
@rsa101 (22979)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
Yeah the recent episodes of TV shows being shown are mostly remakes or some other stories are an imitation of foreign TV shows. It does have some advantages and disadvantages. I found some stories of remake from the original foreign shows quite innovative but some other shows are not as good as the original. I think it is the Industry's trying to save it and lacking of more creative writers to write original stories. With a very competitive writers there are many foreign writers also coming in the picture there is just not enough good writers to compete with the international writers that is why the tendency is to either copy or imitate their stories to adapt on us.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
15 Sep 09
They do this adaptation thing here in Trinidad too. Like you I think its done too much. There is a need for original work being brought to the forefront of entertainment in a bigger way. How else is anybody going to succeed or the culture of a country make real progress ?
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I hate it when they do a remake of a great movie instead of surviving it thru tech. that we have now. They remakes just loose something that the original actors and actresses put in to it!. Think some writers have writers block whwen it comes to making something new up!
@iceydon (342)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
New original concepts should have chances. Time passes by, though some of the remakes can be fitted with the current situtions it seems to go beyond the perception of the new generation.Proper piece for right time must be the concepts.But economic sitution hinders the desire to produce such concepts that would need more support to be accepted.New things are quite hard to embrace.
@gmatthews (155)
• United States
15 Sep 09
I totally agree. It's like they have run out of original ideas so they are rehashing everything that was popular at one time. Sometimes it works, but sometimes they should just leave well enough alone. I mean how many more Halloween movies do we really need?
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
I also observed there are no originals these days which I had to think our industry are not doing there part how to make it grow. They can still fight for piracy I know there are on going process to caught people who pirate cds and vcds. I know Gilda Olvidado, she is a novelist, I have read some of her stories and some of her stories are made to movies too. I was saddened about Korea series franchise we are doing, although the story is change, it seems we are not doing or applying Korean culture which is not bad, but I for me it is still best to have an original. I think movie industry are just tired to have an original this present year.
@ayenacsi (911)
• Philippines
15 Sep 09
Oh we just gobble up what they serve. Most of the remakes are the very old ones which the young generation have no idea about. I think that for the most part more Filipinos are into the foreign shows/TV series ( I know I am though I can't hardly be called young anymore ) And songs too, first we were into the west and now we're looking at our fellow asian neighbors for their music. It's a sad state that original works don't get the break that they deserve.