Greg Cox wrote:
^ That's probably true. But it doesn't mean that the show will be bad. Good art can still be born out of commercial reasons!
Exactly. I don't think anyone in the world would argue that the success of Twilight
didn't make it easier to get Vampire Diaries
green-lighted, but that doesn't mean that VD
is automatically a rip-off and not worth watching.
Heck, let's be honest here. The only reason Star Trek
is still a going concern is because the success of Star Wars
got Star Trek: The Motion Picture
green-lighted at last. If not for Star Wars
, we'd still be watching nothing but reruns of TOS.
Going back further, it's an undeniable fact that the only reason Batman (and every other comic book superhero) exists is because Superman
was selling like hotcakes and publishers demanded more of the same. And the entire Marvel Age of comics was launched because Stan Lee's boss noted that DC's new Justice League
book was selling and told Stan to whip out a superhero team book fast.
Does that mean that the Fantastic Four
is a worthless rip-off of no artistic merit?
That's all true, but has nothing to do with the point of "re-imagining" characters to the point where they're entirely new characters.
I was addressing the "they're just doing this to cash on those other Holmes projects" argument--which doesn't strike me as a good enough reason to dismiss a show or movie sight unseen.
One more example: Just about every beloved sixties spy series, from The Avengers
to The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,
was an attempt to "cash in" on the massive success of the early Bond films. But that doesn't mean that the shows' creators didn't take pride in their work and make shows worth watching.
Is CBS trying to cash in on Sherlock
and the Downey movies. Probably. So what? Has nothing to do with how the show is executed . . . .
How far you can reinterpret classic characters and stories before you lose their essence is a whole other issue. I have a fairly laissez-faire
attitude towards such things, but I understand that others are more protective of the original versions.
(Heck, my first professional sale--to Amazing Stories
decades ago--was a tongue-in-cheek mashup of Peter Pan
and The Tempest
, so I'm a big believer in messing with classic characters!)