Are remakes of classic movies, TV shows, and other media a way to introduce a new generation to classics or to gain revenue?

     Remaking classic movies and other media is done to gain revenue. Many classics continue on and are passed down from generation to generation. If it’s really a classic, it will be played year after year.      Remakes change the way we view classics because a lot of the time they change the key ideas and actors of the classic film. After a production remakes a classic, the classic decreases in views, while the views of the remake increase. This shows that remaking films is just a way to gain revenue.

     This was seen in the production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory from 1971. Since they remade the film in 2005 into Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the new generation doesn’t even watch the classic. The remake has new ideas and new characters. Not to mention Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from 2005 made $206 million. Meanwhile, the classic from 1971, that should be passed down from generation to generation, only made $4 million.

     Remaking classic movies is tampering with very precious ideas, and these ideas are not original. Unfortunately, remakes are mainly made to gain revenue, and not to introduce the timeless classics to the new generation.