Friday, December 28, 2012

Proof hollywood has no original ideas

Proof Hollywood has no new ideas (at least when it comes to action film posters)

By | Movie Talk – 10 hours ago
Movie posters that look similar(Photo from @Rob__McCallum)One man stands upon an apocalyptic scene.
An ever-so-observant Twitter user -- who also appears to be in the biz -- has pointed out laughable similarities among recent film posters -- some for movies that aren't yet in theaters.
@Rob__McCallum tweeted a link to the above poster compilation on Thursday along with the note, "Time for a new movie poster - get that guy on the line- you know- the poster guy" [via SlashFilm]. (The "After Earth" poster is not Sony's final official version, Yahoo! Movies has confirmed. But yeah, the studio did release it.)
The only poster lacking the aforementioned "one man" is the one from "The Dark Knight Rises." But as it appears in McCallum's collection (top, second from left), you can see how its depiction of crumbling high rise buildings falls right into place. Moreover, the Batman symbol cutout puts forth the same idea as the rest of the posters, which is this: Can this one man save a civilization?
Yes everyone, in Hollywood, the fate of our cities, countries, the world and the universe itself rests upon the savvy, the bravery, the cojones of Just. One. Dude. In "Oblivion" it's Tom Cruise. In "Inception" it's Leonardo DiCaprio. And so on.
To the Yahoo! users who often comment that Hollywood lacks original ideas (and you know who you are!) -- this is proof you are right. At least this time.
Incidentally, McCallum's Twitter profile indicates he is a storyboard and concept artist. And judging from his presumed IMDb profile, which includes the impressive titles "Pacific Rim," "RoboCop" (both due out next year), the recent "Total Recall" remake and "Kick Ass," it appears he is who he says he is.
Ironically, McCallum has worked on a few of the remakes, namely "RoboCop" and "Total Recall," that some of our more vocal users like to rail against for lacking originality.
The posters depicted above come from the following studios (clockwise): Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures
Watch 'After Earth' Teaser Trailer:

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