The Strange Phenomenon of The Late 90’s Hollywood Twins

I’ve been thinking recently about an odd phenomenon that I’ve noticed about cinema, especially in the late 1990’s.

That of what I refer to as ‘Hollywood Twins’. Films in which Hollywood seem so interested in, that they make effectively the same film twice, and then seem to not make a similar film for a number of years.

I can’t really explain it other than a study getting a hint of a film being made by one, and the sense of trend that may be coming, meaning that they also green light a similar film in an attempt to cash in.

Here are some examples – Has anyone else got any others?

Tombstone 1993 + Wyatt Earp 1994 – Both films about the life of Wyatt Earp and his old friend Doc Holliday. I can’t think of another ‘Earp’ film that has been made since.

Saving Private Ryan 1999 – Thin Red Line 1999 – Both epic World War II films made on a grand scale.

The Saint 1997 – Mission Impossible 1998 – Both film versions of previous TV show hits featuring a male lead with a number of fake names, disguises and clever tricks up his sleeve

Deep Impact 1998 – Armageddon 1998 – Epic summer blockbusters about the upcoming end of the world due to an asteroid heading straight at the planet.

Bug’s Life 1998 – Antz Life 1998 – Animation comedies about tiny creatures and their lives

Men In Black 1997 – Mars Attacks 1996  – World-on-the-brink-of-destruction due to aliens comedy

Volcano 1997 – Dantes Peak 1997 – Disaster films dealing with the eruption of a long time inactive volcano which threatens communities / cities.

The Truman Show 1998 – Ed TV 1999  – Films both light heartedly exploring the late 90’s emergence of reality TV and its potential impacts – Just how far could reality TV go?..

Robin Hood 1991 – Robin Hood Prince of Thieves 1991 – Robin Hood epic films relaunched (admittedly this happens every few years – but 2 in the same year?)

White House Down 2013 – Olympus has Fallen 2013 – A much later example. Die Hard in the White House.


One response to “The Strange Phenomenon of The Late 90’s Hollywood Twins

  1. Top of my head there’s The Prestige and The Illusionist, Antz and Bug’s Life and Friends With Benefits and No Strings Attached. It’s is pretty weird.


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