Wednesday, March 4, 2015


There's a good piece by Jesse Hassenger up at the AV Club that takes a skeptical look at the the news that Neil Blomkamp will be the next director to tackle the Alien franchise. There's all sorts of interesting points made (particularly the idea that internet fandom informs filmmakers what to make) that you can mull over all you want by reading it. What I really wish to get at here though is this: what do these die-hard fans really want? Why are they so disappointed by all these reboots and yet still keep asking for more? What role does nostalgia play into their love for these franchises to begin with? If these reboots/remakes had come out when they were young, would they cherish them as adults? And by the way, not to base this stuff on critical reaction, but Blomkamp's latest, Chappie, is getting meh reviews. Time to panic?

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