Originally Posted by archiguy
Continuing the trend of two different movies or TV shows about the same thing premiering at about the same time. Remember the two volcano movies? The two asteroid movies? On the tube this year there were two serial-killer-cult series. And those are just the ones that come immediately off the top of my head. It's uncanny how often that happens.
What happens in a lot of these is that studios have literally thousands of projects sitting around in development hell, with only a few destined to ever get the greenlight. Inevitably, there will be very similar (if not outright clones of each other) scripts and projects at all the studios that just need a final push to get going.
Sometimes it's a coincidence, but a lot of times it's "I just got wind that Global World Studios is fasttracking Giant Cockroach Movie for a summer 2014 release. Since we have Giant Earwig Movie under option, we should push that one through and try to eat their lunch." And so both get released around the same time, hoping to capitalize on each other's buzz.
Then some companies like The Asylum will see a big project by Universal or whoever on the horizon, go into overdrive and put out a movie with some 80s pop star/B-actor and some quick and dirty CGI and release it. Since their films cost 10 cents to make, they're pretty much guaranteed a profit just by sopping up the scraps of the major release.