That isn’t true, there is new stories coming out all the time form various places like JKR and her existing prop from Herry Potter that continues the world, without having to be a remake of Chamber of Secrets… Stephen King is still writing new books. Avatar may have had a common theme with aboriginals and Native Americans, etc; but it was a new story with only that 1 small thing told in a completely new way. So it wasnt Pocahontas, nor did it bill itself as such.
The problem isnt that there isnt new stuff, just Hollywood doesn’t want to test new waters and would prefer to use something they new worked once before and remake it. The entire Disney lineup is remakes of their older films. Jungle Book still exists because it is right now On Demand. Why has Disney made it 5 times now? Why did it need a live action version?
Why does Hollywood need to tell the exact same story in such short time when the story is already out there. They could just make new copies of the original to sale for cheaper cost and make money off something that already exists. They just have to shovel trash out in theaters like “The Last Air Bender” where they try to change an established fiction to fit a new director, or have directors like Stuart Baird who had never seen a movie, TV series, etc before come and ruin a franchise with something like Star Trek Nemesis.
What really is new in this Ghostbusters even? 1990s looking ghost as someone said looking like they are out of the movie Haunted Mansion with Eddie Murphy. Same story is there, 4 nobodies middle of NYC when some ghosts appear begin a career hunting ghosts. It is the same movie, only slightly updated to modern times.
Why can’t they MAKE a new story for a new generation of ghostbusters to reinvigorate the franchise? why are they doing an origins story? why is it still in NYC? Why isnt it the next generation of ghostbusters or a franchise? The Tracy family can go all over the world, but ghosts are only in NYC? There ARE other major metropolitan areas in the US. Ecto-2 could be a plane, they load up ecto1 and travel around then unload their Mystery Machine to solve the crime wherever it is. All those other “ghost” show happen in the midwest. Why cant ghosts be in California? LA, San Fran? how about Seattle, Dallas, or even a non-USA location where these girls were higher to do stuff outside of NYC. Then they can cross over some Indiana Jones and Lara Croft territory and have to go find the origins of the Carthaginian evils. Hell maybe even Romania to find the things that started the Ghostbusters world version of Dracula. was actually some ghost, specter, spirit or class 5 free roaming vapor.
There is PLENTY of new stories that can be told, rather than trying to retell the same ones, they are just lazy and not willing to take risks like I said, where is the continuation of Golden Compass, or Eragon?
I think the problem is really the brain-trust in Hollywood isnt able to write anything newm and all the new stuff is just coming from other places now, that is why so many reboots like Superman, Spiderman, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Batman, Punisher, True Grit, Star Trek, Lost in Space, Battlestar Galactica, Punisher, Total Recall, hell even all the old game shows from $25 Pyramid, to MAtch game are coming back on TV, because people have jsut forgotten how to do something new. Ran out of new ideas, so they need to look somewhere else for them rather than the archives and annuls of human history.