Why are well-known movies, which actually shine with male main characters, reissued with female counterparts? How is this received by the audience and why do we encounter this phenomenon more and more often? Behind the scenes, a scam that will attract even more attention.
a cheap copy to copy successes?
Especially with cult figures, the suspicion quickly arises that a spin-off with women only wants to take the success of a film series, but expands the target group. The legendary “Ghostbusters” had the pleasure in 2016 when Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig wore the iconic suits and went ghost hunting. Despite many criticisms in the run-up, the film became a commercial success.
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway were even more successful at the box office with their Heist spin-off “Oceans 8”, the female counterpart to the “Oceans 11-13” trilogy. Here, too, the question arose as to why the material had to be rolled up for the fourth time, when many fans of the main film series had already had enough of it with the finale “Oceans 13”. The cinema audience disagreed and gratefully accepted the reissue.
So can it be assumed that it is not a problem at all? Maybe it’s even a chance to re-cast typical male cult figures? More on that in a moment. In general, Hollywood has been in a crisis for years, in which, among other things, the competition from the major streaming services places more emphasis on security in terms of the potential success of productions. Well-known movie titles, big names, all this is more promising than something new. So it makes a good time to reisse familiar film material. And in keeping with modern times, it is finally, and long overdue, the women’s turn to take on important film roles and not to play second fiddly.
So is it simply justice?
Unfortunately, the fight for equality must still be in full swing, because the reality of equal opportunities, pay and prestige does not correspond to what the laws actually prescribe. There are still injustices that only get into people’s minds over time and can have an effect there. It’s good to create more female role models. They can and must then even penetrate into areas that would otherwise remain male-dominated in order to sharpen the view that girls and women do not have to fit into classic role models, but that they too can save the world and provide tough action.
Of course, women can hunt ghosts just as well as men, or even in burglaries and the ingenious plans, women are in no way inferior to men. It is necessary to show such role models. The success in the recording result gives them an additional boost. This automatically leads to Hollywood recognizing the trend and bringing more spin-offs to theaters where female leads break the clichés.
Spin-offs with women: What’s next?
Because the films are so well received, there will be more. With “23 Jump Street” we have a female counterpart to the Schmidt/Jenko combo in the house. For the action film series “Fast And Furious” it was already announced a few months ago that a new offshoot is being considered, in which not Dom Toretto is in focus, but perhaps finally Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) or Mia (Jordana Brewster) from the crew take the reins. Of course, a spin-off about the evil cipher (Charlize Theron) would also be an option. Vin Diesel did not want to reveal details about the project in his function as a producer.
Also from the “007” universe plans can be heard that after the restand daniel Craig as super agent James Bond could follow a woman. Rumor has it that the name Jane Bond is already circulating through Hollywood. Then we will experience that a female agent also has the espionage work on it and surely she should take over some habits of the template. Fast cars, nice accompaniments and the fable for cool drinks. Or something completely different, why not? Faster were already the makers of the TV series “The Equalizer”, based on the action thrillers of the same name with Denzel Washington. In the series adaptation, Queen Latifah plays the leading role.
The chosen path in the film and series world is therefore a sensible one. New editions or offshoots with women are always more stylish than the umpteenth reboot of a template whose cult status would never be achieved again anyway. Now, however, fresh new identities can be created instead of putting dusty figures in front of the camera again and again. We are in the midst of a development. It may still seem strange to some, but let’s hope that the view of “copying” will soon change to a modern “normality”.