The Washington Times - January 2, 2009, 07:48PM

By Scott Klauder

As I look at my DVD collection, I wonder if I need to see a movie like Robocop, They Live, or Conan remade for today’s generation, or even the movie Arthur (Dudley Moore at his best).

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Hollywood seems to be struggling with original ideas. Movies based on books have been happening as long as films have been around. It even seems as though the “Golden Age” of Comic Book related movies is upon us. But to re-make movies that are only 20 years old? It just seems too soon for a movie fan like me.

An interesting phenomena is the “re-booting” of films based on popular characters. Batman, made total sense. Hulk, same thing. I’m even looking forward to the re-boot of The Punisher with Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Journal, and I’m hoping third time will be a charm. But how many times can Hollywood allow it to not be done right the first time?

Another question is, where are the George Lucases and George Romeros of our time? Writers that can embrace a genre and put out quality original films with new and interesting characters that lasts?

I hope that new talent in Hollywood will bring us the next Indiana Jones or Luke Skywalker or even Bub the zombie. But with the percentage of movies being remakes, sequels, or films based on another media (books, comics, video games), I wonder if that will indeed happen.

Let’s hope it happens and happens soon. I don’t know if I could stand to find out 20 years from now that films like Indiana Jones, Shawshank Redemption, and even Gone with the Wind will be remade.

Scott Klauder is the production manager for Sideshow Collectibles.