Coming up with a fresh, original idea can be a challenge, but wouldn’t you expect the creative minds of the entertainment industry not to struggle when creating new ideas? I couldn’t help but notice an interesting trend recently. It seems that Hollywood and Broadway are getting their inspiration from their childhood.
Consider the following example of Spider-Man. What started off as a 1960’s comic book eventually led to the creation of cartoons and toys. I don’t see anything wrong with that or the production of the 2002 blockbuster starring Tobey Maguire. We amazed me was the eventual creation of the musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. I seriously doubt anyone, even Stan Lee, could have predicted that his comic book character would one day be a Broadway box office hit.
Any guy who grew up in the 1980’s probably had a collection of action figures that included the likes of G.I. Joe and Transformers. Here we are over 30 years later and the newest movie blockbusters are G.I. Joe and Transformers. Is the movie industry hoping to create a sense of nostalgia with a bunch of 30 something year old men? Maybe Dolph Lundgren’s Master’s of the Universe was the revolutionary Hollywood movie that brought your action figures to life?
Hollywood was able to do the impossible and come up with a movie inspired by a board game. Battleship, the game of logic somehow became major action movie starring none other than Liam Neeson. I am not exactly sure how or when the light bulb went on when the words “B-7….hit” were said.
But then again, someone was inspired when Professor Plum was accused of murdering someone with a candlestick in the conservatory. Unfortunately, it’s expected to get a lot worse with Adam Sandler expected to star in the upcoming Candy Land.
So if a toy can be turned into a movie, and a movie can be made into a musical, does this mean that in a few years we should expect to see G.I. Joe on Broadway?
The morale of the story here is if you are suffering from writer’s block, just go downstairs in your parent’s basement and rummage through your old toys. Chances are you will find an unoriginal source of creative inspiration.