Seeing double: why Hollywood keeps telling the same story twice

From two incarnations of Churchill to uncannily similar terrorist attacks on the White House, the film industry can’t resist repeating itself

The rush by film studios to buy stock in the GameStop story is a natural Hollywood reaction to a major event. Rival interpretations of the day Reddit took on Wall Street will be produced by Netflix and MGM, with the latter acquiring rights to Ben Mezrich’s forthcoming book about the news. While it’s likely Netflix will release its film first, does it really matter if it wins the race?

Dotted through Hollywood’s history are releases that carry more than a passing resemblance to each other. “Twin films” are a sign of studios’ compulsion to capture a historical moment on celluloid as soon as possible.

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