It can get a little frustrating when Hollywood keeps remaking films that have already been done, sometimes to death like the various comic book character movies. But then each has a different feel or focus, even a variation on plots and characterization. There is ever changing and improved technology that distinguishes each version.
Countless classics like Jane Austin’s books have multiple film adaptations and novel variations. Some classic or not so classic stories are remade with modernized characters and settings to update them for new audiences. The same is true in literature and genre fiction with specific tropes. We have archetypes and mythologies that transcend time and society, stories that are told and retold for their lasting themes such as ambition, betrayal, coming of age, and especially good versus evil.
For the most part each re-creation is intended to make the original more relevant, more recognizable to a new audience. It sheds outdated elements in an effort to be pertinent and relatable. Many, though not all, remakes have outshone the originals, and it’s good to keep up with trends. But I have to say the coolest remake my daughter introduced me to went the opposite direction—and I mean opposite.
Instead of modernizing for relevance, this author took a contemporary creation and, well, see for yourself:
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher
It is a period of civil war.
The spaceships of the rebels, striking swift
From base unseen, have gain’d a vict’ry o’er
The cruel Galactic Empire, now adrift.
Amidst the battle, rebel spies prevail’d
And stole the plans to a space station vast,
Whose pow’rful beams will later be unveil’d
And crush a planet: ‘tis the DEATH STAR blast.
Pursu’d by agents sinister and cold,
Now Princess Leia to her home doth flee,
Deliv’ring plans and a new hope they hold:
Of bringing freedom to the galaxy.
In time so long ago begins our play,
In star-crossed galaxy far, far away …
Can’t tell you how tickled I am by this remake reversal. For an added treat, listen to the audio, including stage direction, with a star-studded (pun intended) cast. Truly delightful. The sample alone will make you smile.