What is it with film & TV? There seems to be, and has been for sometime, an awful lot (and some are awful) of re-makes of past offerings.
TV series Survivors from 1975 - re-imagined for the 21st Century
An attempt to revive Minder (starring Shane Richie)
Ealing Comedy 'The Ladykillers' remade by Hollywood starring Tom Hanks
The Italian Job
and the list goes on (Wikipedia - List of Film Remakes)
and now in 2011, two of the first major films of the year so far are: True Grit (first made 1969) and Brighton Rock (first made 1947)
Have TV & Film writers run out of ideas?
Are TV & Film commissioners unprepared to invest time & money in new ideas and happy to just go for the tried & tested of the past?
Can we look forward to a re-imagining of It Ain't Half Hot Mum in the next couple of years?
Will novelists soon be staring at blank manuscripts awaiting inspiration, and then decide to just copy Moby Dick, but update the references, setting & dialogue to give the "new" novel a 21st Century feeling?