When a previously told story is told again, using the same media format as before, it can be called a “remake”. The term is mostly used within the motion picture, and television industry, but really could apply to any form of media. In the music circles, the remake of a song is known as a “cover”.
The commercial and critical success of the 1968 movie “Planet of the Apes” produced four sequels, two television series, and some comic books. In 2001, the continued success of those original five movies prompted 20th Century Fox to release a new version of “Planet of the Apes” , directed by Tim Burton. Many die-hard fans of the original movie were outraged that anyone would attempt to remake such a cinema classic. Tim Burton insisted that his film was not a “remake”, but rather a “reimagining”. In essence Burton was right, since both the 1968, and 2001 movies were both liberal adaptations of the 1963 French novel.
Many “remakes” could be called “reimaginings”, as they interpret and alter aspects of their predecessors. There have been very few films that are shot-for-shot remakes of an earlier work, such as the 1960, and 1998 “Psycho”. “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” 1934 and 1957, were both directed by Sidney Franklin, and that is one of the truest examples of a remake in cinematic history. Not only was it the same director, but the same shooting script was used for both versions; and besides a different cast, the only real difference between them was that the original was in black and white. In many cases like “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” , it is advances in filming technology that became the catalyst for the remake.
Whatever the reason, and whether you call them “remakes”, or “reimaginings”, Reduxology will explore them.