Top 10 “I can’t believe it’s not a Remake” Films [Linwood’s Picks]

I am a firm believer in the philosophy that “Everything Is a Remix” and that copyright laws, more often than not, stifle creativity for the sake of making a profit on a concept that itself tied together several sources of influence. With that said, as a creator myself, I do believe there is a fine line when it comes to using intellectual property as the skeleton of what you’re developing. Especially if you do not acknowledge that the striking similarities are a result of you drawing inspiration from what’s being claimed as your primary inspiration.

Below are my Top 10 films that you wouldn’t have noticed their conceptually related stories recreated some of the exact same plot points in a similar order from cinema released prior. A few of these have actually faced lawsuits and lost or settled. A couple are from a well-known filmmaker who has once said “I steal from every single movie ever made,” and one entry is a picture that I consider became a mess by its director trying too hard to deviate from its borrowed premise. Paying homage can be beautiful or a critical and financial disaster, but what’s for sure, is integrity matters.

If you would like to dive deeper into the subject of how creativity is sparked by what we are exposed to, I highly recommend you check out Austin Kleon’s book ‘Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative’ on Amazon.

Source of Influence: ‘Coherence’
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/kxAOewNzz-8
Link to Comparison: [N/A]
Source of Influence: ‘Parts: The Clonus Horror’
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/Um1WQRnY0FQ
Link to Comparison: https://youtu.be/KjKeLvwG-5w
Source of Influence: ‘The Rebel’ S1E25- “Fair Game” (TV Series)
Link to Episode: https://youtu.be/SIrvpWeXhyM
Link to Comparison: https://youtu.be/ZyNVw5ngalA
Source of Influence: ‘City on Fire’
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/q2SI2a9iXN0
Link to Comparison: https://youtu.be/dwLF_wvDggg
Source of Influence: ‘Point Break’
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/ZgHPumVN4Fo
Link to Comparison: https://youtu.be/QUaYl4wbnBU
Source of Influence: ‘Escape from New York
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/10OoccK7dIw
Link to Comparison: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/john-carpenter-wins-plagiarism-lawsuit-against-luc-besson-over-escape-new-york-rip
Source of Influence: ‘Coffy’
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/tyj3T7fJcvI
Link to Comparison: [N/A]
Source of Influence: Yojimbo
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/y_1iT_GmHTE
Link to Comparison: https://youtu.be/_0kJkShY1-E
Source of Influence: ‘Oldboy’
Link to Trailer: https://youtu.be/Iu2HoAruGsM
Link to Comparison: [N/A]
Source of Influence: ‘Outer Limits’ S2E01 – “Soldier” (TV Series)
Link to Episode: https://youtu.be/2i2jt0m5-0c
Link to Comparison: https://youtu.be/ysjnnytMAiA