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 moneymaker 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 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.
Think back to the all female Ghostbusters remake in 2016. The movie was marketed heavily toward women in the wake of an increasing awareness of female portrayal in film. And, while critics, activists, and moviegoers lauded the all-female cast for several months prior to it’s release, it turned out a less than stellar performance at the box office.
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. Lively discussion ensued on both sides of the gender aisle with some stating that an all-female cast doesn’t ring true with the novel’s main themes of masculinity and male power.
The takeaway? Can you replace traditionally male character dominated plots with female characters and succeed? For instance, would a remake of ‘Thelma and Louise’ with male leads tell the same story?
Ocean’s 8 –a spin-off of the original Ocean’s 11 trilogy– hit theaters Friday, June 8th with 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 theater!
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