In 2012, one third of movies will be remakes

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Good news for fans of prequels, sequels, threequels, and of portmanteau in general: according to New York magazine, next year, one in three movies will be based on previously published or filmed material.

The summer will be especially glutted with recycled plots. Half of June and July releases and two-thirds of August releases will come from unoriginal material. But the wealth will be spread around all year long. Underworld Awakening arrives in January, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in February, American Reunion in April, and Resident Evil: Retribution in September. Plus, if we're lucky, we'll only have to wait one more year for a Scarface remake.

By NY Mag's calculations, next year will actually see a slight decrease (half a percentage point) in reused storylines from this year. But it still shows a marked increase from 2010. Here's the bigger question: if this trend is so big, why does the world remain deprived of that View-Master movie?