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

ISBN 9780367419134
Published March 5, 2020 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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


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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