Why Bother Remaking Missing In Action If It’s Direct-To-Video?

missing-in-actionWhen is a door not a door? When it’s ajar. When is a remake not a remake? When it’s an update.

Missing in Action, basically the same as Rambo: First Blood Part II but released a year earlier, was reasonably popular back in it’s day. Vietnam movies were in vogue and everyone loves the idea of a man risking his life to rescue forgotten MIAs. There’s not a more noble premise for a war movie, is there? It was popular enough that the following year a prequel, filmed consecutively with the original, was released, and a sequel a couple years after that. Since Braddock: Missing in Action III, no one’s really given much thought to resurrecting the franchise. Until now.

It looks like the powers of MGM and the WWE are going to combine to give us an updated version of Missing in Action. It’ll be set during the Iraq war and update the storyline accordingly.

You may say “that’s sweet” or you may say “why did they have to go and fuck with Missing in Action,” but once this movie is released, no one else will really care. You see, it’s going to be released straight to video.

Now my question is: why bother? It’s not like there’s this rabid Missing in Action fan base waiting for a sequel. The only time anyone hears about it any more is if it comes up in the odd Chuck Norris joke. It seems a stretch that someone perusing the new releases at their local video store will stop dead in their tracks when they see Missing in Action on the shelf. I would think there are plenty of stories about the Iraq war that would make great movies without having to shoehorn in a story that was relevant 30 years ago.

What this does is really, officially, truly, unequivocally usher in the Age of the Remake. If someone is going to bother remaking a pretty-much-forgotten and somewhat irrelevant war movie and release it on video, is there anything that can’t be remade? Direct-to-video movies are supposed to be the ideas that no one really gets inspired by but can’t completely be dismissed because it might make a couple dollars. If it’s accepted that remakes fit this mold, shit, that’s all we’ll get.

Why bother thinking up a new idea if you can just recycle one and get a similar result? This is the new landscape of cinema.

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