I've just spent some time checking out these forums and have noticed a lot of mentions of films that are essentially reboots. The list included (after a quick search) Highlander, Total Recall, and even Batman.
I can think of several reboots that I have really enjoyed (such as A-Team, the Nolan Batman films, and even mostly Abrams' Star Trek, if you can forgive the many technical liberties). I can think of quite a few that I didn't like (many will hate me for this, but I didn't like the new BSG. I grew up on the original, and RDM just took the names and changed everything else. They went from good characters in a bad situation in the original, to bad people in a bad situation. Honestly, I think I was rooting for the Cylons to kill the dirty humans for the first season and a half. I just wanted a character to root for, to really care about, and that was hard for a while.)
Now they're talking Judge Dredd, and the new Spider Man just hit theaters. I have to ask, why redo Spiderman? Other than the fact that I thought Toby MacGuire did a good job, I really dig Sam Raimi. Also, those films are not that old! It seems like a certain amount of time should pass before people can remake a movie! I think we should create some sort of safe list of movies that we don't want people screwing with! How about I nominate Back to the Future and Ghostbusters, otherwise I fear somebody will defile forever the childhood classics I remember (I'm talking you, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull).
In any case, I thought I'd bring up for discussion: what's with all the reboots? Do you think people are eager for a new take on an old classic? Is Hollywood out of good ideas and just trying to recycle something that once made them money? Are people becoming risk-averse and would just rather stick with something familiar? I suppose, with movie budgets what they are, studios would rather go with a proven concept than risking all that money on a new author/director/etc.
In any case, reboots. What do you think?