Reimagining A Story

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A good story can last the test of time. There are many classics that we grow up reading that have become cultural standouts over the years. Classic stories will always be the classics for a reason, but sometimes a good reimagining of an old tale is just what a story needs. Times change, and sometimes a story just begs to be told in a new and interesting way. A few recent examples of this just this past year are The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Lost in Space. The changes in these stories are pretty drastic, but I’d argue that if these stories were told in the same way they once were they wouldn’t sit right with audiences.

Reimaginings happen all the time, and they aren’t as obvious as these two shows. Bridget Jones is a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, and Avatar is a wild reimagining of Pocahontas. Another example is that they reimagine Spider-Man every couple of years! This year they reimagined him so many times there’s like… 6 versions of him!

If you’d like to reimagine a story yourself, here’s an article, written by John Kessel at Writer’s Digest, with some great tips on just how to do that: 6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing

 

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa On Writing

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Sabrina Showrunner

This year there have been two standout shows that were reimaginings, both of which I binge-watched in a single day. Do I have a problem, or are shows just getting too good? I think it’s the shows. The first show, which I highly recommend watching is Lost in Space. Here’s our post which contains a great interview featuring the creators, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

If you liked the old Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, the main characters in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are the same, but it feels like everything else has changed. These changes are good, and the old comedy has flipped to a horror show. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa couldn’t have created a more different show. It’s amazing to me how a reimagining like this can capture the essence of the old story, but explore it in new and wonderful ways.

A fun fact about this show is that Sabrina was originally up for being the villain in season 1 of Riverdale. What a different world this would be. I always think it’s fascinating when I found out how a story originally started versus where it ends up. That leads me to Roberto. He’s otherwise most well-known for having written RiverdaleCarrie, and Super Girl.

A few questions from the interview:

You’ve previously talked about how Sabrina Spellman was originally set to join the cast of Riverdale, at the end of that show’s first season, and she would have been the antagonist on that show, as it leaned more into horror. So, how deep did you actually get into planning that, and when did you realize that she would just be more suited to her own series?”

What are you most enjoying about the Sabrina that we get to see in this series and the journey that you can take her on, now that she is in her own world?”

Did you realize just how much you’d be able to use this series as a metaphor for so many things?”

And here’s the full interview, which was written by Christina Radish at Collider‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Showrunner on Non-Binary Representation and ‘Riverdale’ Crossovers

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless On Writing

I’ve realized I’ve been posting so much about the big screen, but the little screen deserves some love too! These two writers, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, have just put out the Netflix reboot of “Lost in Space.”

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Oh, you miss the one with Joey from “Friends” too…? A part of me really wants to go back and watch that again.

Anyways! It’s really an awesome show, and they have fully reimagined everything that went into the original to modernize it… including the badass new version of everyone’s favorite robot. This is very much a family show, but it’s very mature for being so. I think adults and kids alike can enjoy it, and it’s hard to find something like that these days. I felt like it just pulled all the right strings.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are most well-known for having written “Gods of Egypt,” the new “Power Rangers,” and “The Last Witch Hunter.”

Here are a few questions from the interview:

Tell me a little bit about both of your histories with this franchise. Was the original Lost In Space a big part of your TV experience as kids?”

In developing this premise for an different audience than the one who watched the original in the 1960s, what were some of your main objectives for updating the story?”

The first season dives directly into the Robinsons’ spacecraft crashing and then backs into a lot of their backstory from there. Was that always how you saw the season playing out?”

Here’s the full interview: The Daily Crate: Interview with Lost In Space’s Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless!