Apparently so called reboots are the new answer to Hollywood running out of original ideas.
In the last years several franchises have been "rebooted" such as Spider-man, Batman, Star Trek and so on.
I am not generally criticizing reboots, retelling a great story with modern touch and technology has brought us some great movies lately. But I'm afraid the success of this can put things a little bit out of hand.
While Nolan's Batman story is still not finished, there already seems to be the next Batman reboot underway. Also I heard of a Fantastic Four reboot and seriously, who needs that?
What I would like to know is:
What started this reboot madness? Which was the first movie that can be counted as a reboot of some previously existing franchise?
To clarify: The term reboot in this question refers to a movie that
- differs from the previously existing canon in a significant way and
- starts over a continued story of some sort, so more than just one isolated movie.
That's how I would distinguish it from a remake, even though I doubt that this is a definition everyone agrees with.