The End Of Ideas. We, apparently, have enough stories now and either can’t, or just don’t have to, think up new ones. Copies, Covers, Sequels, and Homages without end.
Every generation can just keep remaking and updating the same best / most-popular 1,000 films and stories of the past, re-engineered with the tiny refinements (or regressions) calculated most likely to make a buck among viewers of the present generation.
If you abstract the contours and story-lines of most drama and literature, we’ve probably been endlessly recycling in this way for centuries, but it now really seems to be getting completely out of control. It’s not just that everything has become derivative – it’s that everything is either purposefully so or unavoidably so.
There’s nothing wrong with a remake if there’s an honest effort to add something or emphasize something different in the story. You could theoretically do a great remake of THESEARCHERS, though only in theory because Hollywood would no doubt ef’ it up.