Hollywood Update: Originality is Out, Reboots are In

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Hollywood Update: Originality is Out, Reboots are In

"Roseanne" Reboot Coming March 2018

"Roseanne" Reboot Coming March 2018

"Roseanne" Reboot Coming March 2018

Alexander Nadirashvili, Editor

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During the past couple of years, the world has seen an undeniably large amount of movie and television reboots. Such reboots, mostly of classic tales which are near-and-dear to the hearts of viewers, have been met with mixed reviews. While some fans love reboots for the nostalgic feeling they give, others just wish their favorite shows were left to rest.

Despite how you may feel about reboots, it is undeniable that, besides a feeling of dread, there is a glimmer of excitement when you hear about your favorite show or movie getting a reboot, so The Clarion is going to help you out and list some of the reboots we are both excited and nervous for.


Charmed: Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, Charmed enchanted the hearts of teens and adults alike. Originally revolving around three sisters, Prue, Piper, and Phoebe, who were destined to save the world as good witches, Charmed empowered women everywhere while also just being a fun show for everybody.

In 2017, there were talks of a Charmed prequel set in the 1970s. However, in early 2018, CW broke the news that the reboot would be based around a brand new trio of sister witches, Macy, Mel, and Madison, who live in a present-day college town. The show has been described as “a fierce, funny, and feminist reboot,” featuring characters of color and from the LGBT+ community.


Heathers: When Heathers hit theaters on March 31, 1989, it instantly became a cult classic among all movie-lovers. In 2016, the Paramount Network announced its reboot of Heathers, which would follow a modern-day Veronica and her boyfriend JD on their murderous rampage against the popular clique in school, the Heathers.

This reboot is a 10 episode television series released on March 7, 2018. Many fans and critics alike are praising the unique interpretation of the cult classic, which features characters of color, LGBT characters, and more. Perhaps this reboot is one you will not want to miss.


The Office: The Office was a television series beloved by those of all ages, which is obvious in its nine season run. The television show followed the everyday lives of a group of office-workers. With the cast of characters full of unique personalities, and led by Steve Carell for eight seasons, the show was a hit among audiences.

Earlier this year, NBC announced its plans for a reboot during their 2018-19 TV lineup, and while many actors are unsure about their return to the show, the news is enough to excite fans all around. Sadly, it seems as if Steve Carell has no interest of returning to the show, and so The Office reboot might once again have to live without its true leader.


The Chronicles of Narnia: When C.S. Lewis first wrote The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in 1950, he had no idea that series would become a children’s classic read by kids and adults even today. In 2005, the first novel was adapted into a movie, which was wildly successful and eventually received two sequels, Prince Caspian and The Voyage on the Dawn Treader. However, even with the promise of more films, the series discontinued in 2010.

In 2013, it was announced by The C.S. Lewis Company that the series would be revived, in 2014, the main antagonist was named, and in 2017, Joe Johnston was hired as the director. Currently, the script of The Silver Chair is being completely rewritten to accommodate a brand new creative team and cast, as the original four actors will not be returning, and filming is set to being in winter of 2018.


Ocean’s 8: In 2001, Ocean’s Eleven hit theaters as a reboot of a 1960 film of the same name. The film revolved around Danny Ocean, a thief who planned to orchestrate the most elaborate casino heist ever. Its success at the Box Office and among critics earned the film two additional sequels, each named Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, which completed the film trilogy.

In 2015, an all female spinoff began to be developed, based around Danny Ocean’s sister Debbie, who gathers a cast of fellow women to pull off an impossible heist at New York’s Met Gala. The casting was announced slowly through the years, Sandra Bullock eventually coming to land the lead role, and the film is expected to hit theaters on June 8, 2018.


As you can see, there are many reboots planned for the upcoming year, and these five were barely a fraction of what 2018 holds. What reboots are you most excited for, and do you think this trend of revivals is something that should continue?

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