OPINION: Disney Should Look Forward, Not Back
There's no question that Disney is leading the game when it comes to films and the box office. Distributing not only their own properties but also films from studios they own such as PIXAR, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. With those studios alone, Disney has managed to hit the 1 billion mark a numerous amount of times and hit the 2 billion mark twice!
However, Disney's not hitting the money on their own. With many sequels and reboots planned to be released, it's hard to recall when was the last time Disney released something original? If we look back, the most original thing that Disney released something was Frozen back in 2013! Since 2015 nothing really creative came from the studio. Now, Disney has a long list of live action adaptations reboots of some of the classic Disney films to release within the next year and on.
Does this seem to hurt the company in any way? Of course not. However, there will come a time when moviegoers won't want the same thing and want something new. The only question is, when will Disney start to look forward instead of looking back?
Live Action Adaptations
Come 2019, Disney will have a lot to give to their fans -- all of them being live action adaptations. You're looking at live-action adaptations of Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King! Since 2010, Disney has been releasing live-action adaptations like nothing. Films such as Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, and most recently Beauty and the Beast. Don't think Disney will be done there, as they also got live-action adaptations of Mulan, Lady and the Tramp, and Lilo & Stitch on the way!
A studio as big as Disney should not be going back for retellings or re-imaginings when there are other stories to tell. Disney should not fall into the Hollywood tropes of everything needing to be redone or anything. They should be smart and start new projects. They can't continue with this or -- what they've faulting to more lately -- sequels.
I'm sure you all remember the hype around the sequel that was Incredibles 2. What happened when it was seen by the public? It was the same story as the first film with the genders reversed. The father this time stays at home with the kids while the mother goes out and fights crime. Here's the thing, director Brad Bird stated he would not do a sequel unless he came up with a good story. Only we got the same story. So what really made him do it, the story or the fact that Disney wanted the sequel done?
Not the first time Disney has spewed out sequels to a film that was already great and didn't need a sequel. That's right, I'm talking about Toy Story 4. The third entry of the franchise ended so blissfully and did not need to be continued. No worries, Disney comes in to get the sequel out so they won't need to release anything original. I'm only touching PIXAR but don't think it happens to other Disney films.
Let's go back to 1964 with Mary Poppins. A satisfying ending to say the least but the newer generation didn't get to experience the magic back then. There was only one thing to do next -- give it a sequel! It's already in their nature to make a follow up for something that didn't need a follow-up. Does this matter to the studio, though? Not really.
Why it's no biggie for Disney
With any other studio, these sequels and reboots would look bad in their parts. Here's why it's not a big problem for Disney. There are many people who grew up or most likely didn't grow up experiencing these stories. These newer stories will also make a lot of people go back to Disney's peak time. Whatever the case may be, Disney is not dumb. They know with each re-imagining, the child in many moviegoers will love to see a classic be told for a new generation.
In the end, Disney will go ahead and make a movie that will do great while in cinemas. Anything with Disney's name at the top is not destined to be a failure -- unless it's A Wrinkle in Time, but that's beside the point. Disney can go ahead with their projects and it will become a success no matter if it's a reboot or long-awaited sequel.