Take “Men in Black: International.” Sony is banking on the star power of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to breathe new life into the sci-fi series first made popular by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the mid-’90s. It’s not the only film hitting theaters that looks awfully familiar. “Men in Black: International” will debut alongside Samuel L. Jackson’s “Shaft,” another series getting revisited decades after the fact.
The blockbuster hopefuls are two of many reboots gracing multiplexes this year as studios attempt to figure out how many times they can spruce up aging franchises. After all, Hollywood gravitates toward the familiar, a tendency that only intensifies over the summer when multiplexes are flooded with superhero tentpoles and big-budget fare.
Properties such as “Star Wars,” “Creed” and “Jumanji” have continued to expand their IP to consistent success.