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 Spiderman, Batman, Star Trek and so on.
I am not generally critizing 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.