Yes, this Pitch of the Day was inspired by Dan Hopper's post at Best Week Ever about how "reboot" is the word of the year for 2010. But it's also connected to this week's new release The Book of Eli, which is the latest in a recent surge of movies about the apocalypse and/or its aftermath. Here's the tagline first: When the world is shut down, it's time for a ...


This post-apocalyptic movie crosses The Postman withBe Kind Rewind as it follows an old man's quest to reboot the entertainment industry after he finds the ruins of a Netflix distribution center. It's been decades since the "end of the world" and few survivors have seen a movie since everything went up in flames. The electricity grid was completely damaged during whatever caused the apocalypse, so the man, who was a child when the destruction happened, decides to travel the land with staged remakes (reboots) of film franchises he remembers from his youth.
Yes, this is an expansion and blatant rip-off of the Empire Strikes Backplay scene from Reign of Fire. But for some reason people didn't like that movie, so maybe they'll prefer this movie, which promises to be 100% dragon free. Well, maybe there can be an appropriate homage by having one of the staged productions be based on that Christian Bale-Matthew McConaughey film, so there could actually be some fake dragons.

In the end, someone finds a generator and everyone is able to watch the original films, which everyone agrees are so much better than the remakes. But then another stranger comes into town with a crate full of Shakespeare and convinces everyone that these plays are even better. Then another stranger arrives with a box of Greek plays, and then yet another arrives with a single piece of paper illustrating how there are only seven basic plots in storytelling. And by then hopefully the audience has gotten over their stupid issues with remakes, reboots and recycled narratives.
categories Cinematical