Let’s say you’re a fan of something. Like Star Trek or My Little Pony or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Hawaii 5-0. Or anything, really. You’ve got this thing you love that used to be a TV show or series of movies, and then they stopped.
Then someone picks up the rights and announces a reboot. You get excited because this thing you love is coming back, and this time it’s got a huge budget so everyone is going to get to see it done right. But you have to remember something: you’re not going to like it. The one thing you know about this new version is that it’s a reboot. That means it’s fundamentally changed from the thing you love. The only thing you know it isn’t going to be is the thing you love.
Because whatever the original property is, the people who are making a new version think they can do it better. They can make it more popular by changing it. You’re sitting at home remembering how great Dirk Benedict was, and they go and hire Katee Sackhoff because they have their own vision. And maybe they’re right, but because you love the original, there’s always going to be something missing.
Now, let’s talk about Star Trek. It’s pretty popular right now. There are some jokes about lens flare (because…seriously), but the first JJ Abrams Star Trek did really well. It made 257 million dollars.
That’s slightly less than the next three Star Trek films combined. Here’s the list. And based on these numbers, I can assure you that the producers are going to try their best to make more movies exactly like it. They’re not going to un-reboot it, no matter what happens. And fans of the original Star Trek (or any of the other Star Trek series that came before the reboot) are going to have to lump it, because it turns out that there aren’t as many of them as there are other people.
So my advice to them is this: remember that the property’s been rebooted. That happens because they didn’t like the old version. Let it go.