Andrew argues that “it is time for adaptation studies to take a sociological turn” (14). Here are some updates to his 1980 point that “well over half of all commercial films have come from literary originals” (10).
“Has Hollywood Lost Its Way?” argues that Hollywood is relying more on adaptations and sequels because business is falling off.
“Why Are We Happy to Be Caught in a Web of Movie Remakes?” agrees, and adds the idea of “retromania”:
The bleat can be overdone: it’s not as though everything is second-hand. An analysis of American-made releases in 2010 found that 60% were neither remakes, sequels or prequels, adaptations from other media, English language copies of foreign titles, 3D retrofits or even retellings of ancient myths. All the same, that leaves 40% that were indeed one of the above, and it’s those films that took the lion’s share of both multiplex screens and studio budgets.
“Testing Myths” (the analysis mentioned above) offers a less bleak assessment of films from the year 2010.
From a quick analysis of these 194 films we see:
|60%||Totally New||The Back-up Plan, Black Swan, The Bounty Hunter, Hot Tub Time Machine, Easy A|
|12%||Sequel||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Get Him to the Greek|
|19%||Book||‘127 Hours’, ‘Legend of the Guardians’|
|3%||Comic / Graphic Novel||Kick-Ass, The Losers,Red, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Jonah Hex, Marmaduke|
|2%||TV||The A-Team, The Last Airbender,MacGruber,Yogi Bear|
|2%||Play||For Colored Girls, Jack Goes Boating, Rabbit Hole, The Tempest|
|4%||Non 3-D remake of an English Language Film||Clash of the Titans, The Crazies, Death at a Funeral, The Karate Kid, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wall Street, The Wolfman|
|1%||A 3-D Remake of an English Language Film||Piranha 3-D,Tron Legacy|
|2%||Remake of a Foreign Language Film||Dinner for Schmucks, Hachiko: A Dog’s Story, Let Me In|
|1%||Video Game||Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time|
|1%||Legends & Myths||Robin Hood|