1st Edition

Why We Remake The Politics, Economics and Emotions of Film and TV Remakes

By Lauren Rosewarne Copyright 2020
    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    This examination of film and television remakes focuses explicitly on why – since the dawn of cinema – studios have remade films over and over again. Each chapter provides insight into the business of Hollywood, the motivations of filmmakers and also the pleasures for audiences, and offers a separate explanation for the whys of remaking.

    Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, the author draws from existing literature, close readings of films and a dataset of hundreds of film reviews, to provide a taxonomy and deep-dive into six unique rationales for remaking premade titles:

    • the better remake
    • the economic remake
    • the nostalgic remake
    • the Americanized remake
    • the creative remake
    • the fashionable remake.

    This unique examination of the industrial activity of remaking will be of great interest to academics and students working in the areas of film and adaptation studies, narrative, media discourse, transmedia storytelling, American cinema and cultural studies.


    Chapter 1: The Bigger and Better Remake

    Chapter 2: The Economic Remake

    Chapter 3: The Nostalgic Remake

    Chapter 4: The Americanized Remake

    Chapter 5: The Creative Remake

    Chapter 6: The Fashionable Remake



    Lauren Rosewarne is Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and is an expert in sex, gender, media and popular culture. This is Lauren’s eleventh book. More information can be found at www.laurenrosewarne.com