UNCOVER THE TRUTH: 100 Years Of Movie Remakes: Are Moviemakers Becoming Lazier? Is Hollywood Out Of Ideas? Find Out with MusicMagpie
It seems as though every day there’s a new remake being announced in Hollywood, which has led some people to claim that moviemakers are becoming lazier, looking for easy fixes, rather than coming up with original stories. But is this really the case?
To find out, we analysed over 100 years of movie remakes. Looking at a whopping 1,438 films, stretching all the way back to 1902, we set out to uncover the truth behind Hollywood’s long-standing relationship with remakes.
Some of the key things we’ve looked are:
Which movie has been remade the most?
What other movies have been remade multiple times
How long we are waiting before remaking movies
According to our analysis, the average time between an original film and its first remake is 23 years, with this gap becoming shorter with each subsequent remake.
The movie with the longest time between remakes was The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with the original coming out in 1920 and the remake coming out in 2005, 85 years later. Following closely behind is Dumbo, with 78 years between the 1941 original and 2019 remake due out later this year.
So are remakes better than the originals? Explore the full list of movies and see if your favourite is an original or a remake.