If the titles or stories in Hollywood movies seem familiar lately, it's probably because they are familiar: they're remakes.
A remake is another version or a newer version of a movie already made in the past.
It may feature new actors playing famous characters and an updating of the story, perhaps using new CG technology.
Recently, there have been many remakes, including Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and "Star Trek", a remake of the famous American TV series.
Sometimes the remakes are new versions of old movies, but these days the remake is just as likely to be a movie version of a popular US TV show. (ex: "Charlie's Angels")
Why does Hollywood do so many remake movies ? A lot of people believe that scriptwriters and producers have simply run out ideas, and so turn to established movies or dramas for subjets of new films. (G.K)
* 〜 Fever, in English, means some obsession or mania for something can be a positive or negative meaning...
feature new actors 新しい役者を主演させる
run out of ideas アイデアが枯渇する
subjects of new films 新作映画の主題