Re-releases, remakes, and reboots have been a major part of Hollywood in the recent years. Whether it’s an all-time classic or a run-of-the-mill superhero movie, remakes have time and time again shown to be a proven money maker in a multi-billion dollar industry.
With the rise of female protagonists in movies, an all female cast doesn’t seem like too far of a stretch. All-female movies have been hugely successful in the past – ‘Mean Girls‘, ‘Bridesmaids‘, ‘The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants‘, and ‘Thelma and Louise‘, to name just a few.
While the aforementioned movies are largely made by and for women, Hollywood seems to be toying with a new niche category: classic movies with female replacements for their male counterparts.
You might remember the female Ghostbusters remake in 2016. The movie was marketed heavily toward women in the wake of an increasing awareness of female portrayal in film. While its controversial use of an all-female cast in a traditionally male was lauded by critics, activists, and moviegoers alike for several months prior to it’s release, it was a major box office flop. The remake missed it’s original cult following of sci-fi fans and geeks, and instead tried to appeal to a more general female crowd.
A few months back in August 2017, a remake Lord of the Flies starring an all female cast was announced by Warner Bros. As you may or may not know, Lord of the Flies follows a group of boys’ disastrous attempts at self-government after they find themselves stranded on a desert island. The film’s concept has been negatively received, with some stating that an all-female cast goes against the novel’s main themes of masculinity and male power.
The problem with both movies? They both attempt to replace traditionally male character dominated plots with female characters, who are not a genuine character in their own right but merely a cheap imitation of their male counterparts. Had there been a remake of ‘Thelma and Louise’, it would be no doubt be a challenge to translate the same experience and message to a male audience with male characters.
Yet Hollywood is witnessing another all female cast for a spin off saga of Ocean’s 11, titled Ocean’s 8. While Ocean’s 8 and Ghostbusters both feature an all female cast, Ghostbusters was a reboot and a continuation of the series, while Ocean’s 8 will be a spin-off of the original Ocean’s 11 trilogy. Hopefully, the difference will be enough to make room for original and genuine characters. Ocean’s 8 will hit theaters this Friday, June 8th with a cast consisting of a long list of powerhouse actresses. It’s star-laden cast of veterans such as Sandra Bullock (Miss Congeniality, 2000), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, 1999), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, 2012), as well as top entertainers Rihanna, Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), and Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project) also promises a great theatric performance to moviegoers.
If all goes well, the new Ocean’s 8 just may be the one that can set a new tone for upcoming female cast films. Fingers crossed – but the only way to find out is at the theaters this weekend!
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