Warner Brothers plans to celebrate its 100th anniversary by changing the films that have helped it flourish for 100 years.
Warner Brothers has been around for over 100 years. It is a remarkable achievement. MGM Studios is the only studio that can be compared, as it has been in bankruptcy for many years and was purchased by Amazon. Warners is a major studio that has been around for decades.
Warners announced that it would launch a new initiative this summer in celebration of its 100th anniversary. The goal is to honor the company’s history. The word “honor” does not fit here. Studio seems to be intent on bastardizing beloved titles from the last century. The studio isn’t just trying to remake classic titles, but also recasting a number of films to reflect modern sensibilities.
It would be funny if this was a joke. Warner Brothers will remake several notable titles into short films, using all kinds of politically correct casting and filming techniques, as well as altering the content. The films include titles such as “Rebel Without a Cause,” A Star Is Born” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” among others. The idea that they will recast the films with a modern woke mentality is evident from the beginning.
In celebration of Warner Bros. Studios’ 100th Anniversary, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team at Warner Bros. Discovery today announced plans for a series of short films that reimagines Studio’s iconic movies through a diverse and inclusivity lens. Six filmmakers were selected to create and shoot 20-minute adaptations of classic Warner Bros. films, bringing a contemporary lens to them, using representative casting, storytelling, and narrative.
It is a noble effort to encourage and include a new generation of filmmakers who are from minorities. Hollywood has always been problematic with its level of inclusion, even as it lectures the country about alleged racial crime. Every year, they tout the Oscars when a minority group is acknowledged. They are unaware that this is an admission of decades of failure to recognize the group. Hispanics, and Asians in particular, are often overlooked. Having more people join is a positive sign.
This is a problem of methodology. First, it’s a problem to want to change the history of the studio. Why not allow these voices to be more creative and let them tell their own stories. Bring in writers, artists and other creators who have original content to help you.
The biggest problem with this is that it has to be filtered through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion filters embedded in the system. This sentence is a migraine-inducing one: “All of the filmmakers selected for this project were DEI industry vets, including WBD Senior Vice President of DEI North America.” It explains everything wrong with this industry. It is already bad enough that there are people who can be called “veterans” of DEI. You can also see the layers that this pernicious mentality has been layered when regional offices are staffed by layers of executives who are dedicated to DEI content creation and compliance. This is enough to inspire a dystopian movie script.
“We are thrilled to be working with WBD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team to increase opportunities for a broader variety of talent to achieve their dreams at Warner Bros.,” stated Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy, co-chairs & CEOs, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We cannot think of a more meaningful way to celebrate the Studio’s centennial than by investing in the next generations of great storytellers.
Really? Could you not come up with a better idea than this? That’s probably enough to say. They are investing in the future by forcing them to remake old movies. How eager are you to have great storytellers work on old stories? The next century of Woker Brothers will not be worth watching.