With Disney’s Planes due out on August 9th, and already garnering good reviews (our very own Chealsea Robson and Morgan Stradling reviewed a test screening), it’s no surprise that there would be other studios attempting to copy their success…and perhaps even their story.
Slashfilm has the story on LionsGate whom as it turns out, will release their version of a similar story, and titling it Wings. Just check out the synopses below and judge for yourself how much of a copy this film will be:
A few weeks before a big airshow competition one young aircraft fighter gets his acceptance letter to take part in this prestigious competition. Determined to be the next champion, Ace ventures out to find and train with Colonel, a legendary retired aircraft fighter. As training begins Colonel sets a very disciplined schedule teaching Ace new aircraft tricks and speed tactics. As training continues, lurking in the wings of the flight training camp, Cyclone sets up an evil plan, using Windy as bait, to distract Ace and make sure that he will be the next airshow champion. On the day of the big competition, Ace and Cyclone compete against each other leaving only one brave aircraft fighter, not only the champion, but a hero.
And for more clarity on the subject, check out the Planes and Wings trailers below.
While LionsGate already released the film in Russia last year, and in Germany earlier this month there is still no American straight to DVD release date. What. A. Shame.
The bigger question this entire circumstance raises is: Will studios ever start behaving like adults instead of behaving like 4th graders during a spelling test? What with the large success of much more original stories such as The Croods, Rio, and Wreck-It-Ralph, you’d expect the studios to clamor all over up and coming writers with fresh ideas for great stories, instead of copied and altered stories…then again, we are living in an age where sequels rule the screen. While this may be the studio’s way of scoring easy bucks, it would serve many studios much better in the long run to invest in original story telling. What do you think? Sequels, copies or original films?