Ever since world-class directors Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola dismissed Marvel movies as mere theme park rides with little to no cinematic edge, a debate has been raging over whether or not franchise films are genuine works of art. In the age of reboots, remakes, and seemingly never-ending universes, detractors often assert that Hollywood has run “out of ideas.”
In a recent op-ed for Bustle, Dana Schwartz says that “Hollywood isn’t out of ideas” and argues that franchise movies are now the only avenue for artists to strut their stuff.
“Just because a film is based on a property that already exists doesn’t make the film itself inherently any less creative,” she writes. “Almost all movies are based on something. A book. A short story. A short film from another country. Am I supposed to enjoy You’ve Got Mail less because it’s based on a film that was based on a play? Must every film bro stop talking about The Departed because it’s a remake of a