TV networks and movie studios love remakes and, in a world of post-irony, reimaginings. Why? Instant name recognition. It’s easier to get a project greenlit if the Execs are familiar with a concept/brand. Audiences equally have a similar reaction when the marketing begins.People love familiarity and nostalgia.
Recently on TV we’ve seen remakes of V, The Prisoner, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, 90210, Melrose Place, The Fugitive, Knight Rider, and the soon to launch Hawaii 5-0. Very rarely are remade shows a success, yet they keep getting greenlit.
Today comes news that Channel 10 are remaking the Australian ladies-in-prison series Prisoner. Ian Bradley who co-produced the original series is working on this remake. Ten Programming Chief David Mott has said: