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It's no secret that Hollywood loves to cash in on established properties these days. Lately its seems like everything's a sequel, a remake, a reboot, or a combination of the three. However, there's no getting around the simple truth: moviegoers still love original films. Tom Hanks seems to have a very specific rationale for that love, and it all has to do with an original story's ability to defy our expectations. He explained:
Leave it to the most well liked man in Hollywood to put it so simply. EW reports that Tom Hanks recently took the stage for a Q&A session at the Telluride Film Festival and gave the above statement. Although he was specifically there to promote his new film, Sully, he couldn't stop himself from singing the praises of a wholly original story, like the upcoming La La Land. Citing its originality as an asset, Hanks explained that original stories have a unique effect on the audience. When we have no pre-set expectations, that's when a film can truly floor us. It's storytelling in its purest form.
Of course, Tom Hanks also points out the dark side of this phenomenon as well. He goes on to highlight the fact that an original movie like La La Land needs to find an audience. If original stories stop gaining traction, and all we are left with are sequels, remakes, and reboots, then -- in his words -- we are all doomed. La La Land has thus far performed incredibly well with critics, so we shouldn't worry just yet; original films still definitely have a place in our world.
He's not alone in his assessment of the current Hollywood landscape. Just last year, director Brad Bird similarly came out and expressed some concerns over the abundance of non-original films coming out, and proposed an "allowance" system restraining the amount of franchise films a given studio could produce. If we want original movies to remain important to audiences, something like this might eventually need to happen. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that it never gets that bad.
Ultimately we feel compelled to agree with Mr. Hanks on this issue. Franchises are great, but they will never match the feeling of being unexpectedly blown away by an original, innovative story. What are your thoughts on this issue? Let us know what you think below to keep the conversation going.
Make sure to catch Tom Hanks' new film, Sully, this weekend when it hits theaters on September 9.