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Hollywood’s Over-Reliance on Sequels (at times…)

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FirstShowing.net has a post detailing the latest “sequel” news, and it got me thinking….Has Hollywood really shifted so much as to totally rely on sequels to fill their summer calendars?

Detailed are the following possible sequels:

Kung-Fu Panda 2– This one just came out, and was pretty successful….of course, rumblings of a sequel will start immediately.  Hopefully Dreamworks doesn’t go the Shrek route with this one, because that franchise went downhill right after they announced Shrek 2,3, and 4.

Hellboy III- It’s been like 6 years since the first one came out, and it underperformed…Still, a sequel managed to be greenlit and it releases in a few weeks.  The thing is, I don’t see Hellboy 2 sticking around much after it’s first week considering it faces The Dark Knight the following week.  I’ll give this one a shot, simply because it’s sure to be visually stunning, after seeing how the trailers have turned out.

300 Sequel-  They couldn’t really call it 300– Part 2…that’d be weird.  This one just feels like it should be left alone.  It can’t really relate to anything in the first one could it?  They already told that story…..Seriously, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

Bourne 4 – While I’ll still be intrigued by anything Bourne-related, I really wish they would have let this series go out on top after The Bourne Ultimatum.  That movie rocked….now, they’ll have to make their own story since the author, Robert Ludlum, had no involvement in any of the books after the first three.  In my eyes, that knocks expectations down a bit…Still, if the day comes where there’s another Bourne movie comes out, and the trailers look anywhere near the quality of the first three films…I guess they can keep going.  But…I have my doubts.

There’s others…but these stick out the most.  I’m all for inventing new franchises, but some of these movies seem ridiculous to even attempt sequels at.

Via FirstShowing.net

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June 26, 2008 at 5:59 pm

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Transformers 2 Gets an Official Title

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ComingSoon.net has confirmation from a variety of sources confirming the official title for the sequel to Transformers.

Here it is….

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Anyone else notice how studios shy away from sticking to numbers in the title….I guess it doesn’t always work, but I think in some cases it works…others it doesn’t. Spiderman 2 is the most obvious choice….that movie wouldn’t be the same if it had a subtitle.

Still…this sounds cool, and I’m still finding it hard to believe that in just about a year a sequel to Transformers will already be hitting the big screen…..

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June 5, 2008 at 2:18 pm

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Title Musings: The Fast and the Furious 4

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Just came across some news at AICN

Seems the title for the upcoming third sequel to The Fast and the Furious has been shortened (or possibly will be) to simply Fast and Furious.

Honestly, I think this is an attempt to steer away from the number four in the title.  After some of the box-office blockbusters that were threequels last year and also were big-time letdowns (Spidey 3, Shrek 3, and Pirates 3), I’m thinking the studios are always desperate to leave indications of sequels out of the title.

I think in this case, it’s a weird move…and you know that people will still refer to it as The Fast and the Furious 4 in their conversations.  Fast and Furious just doesn’t have the same ring to it…and with both Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reprising their roles, it’ll probably feel more like the original anyway.

Via AICN

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April 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm

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New trailers up for summer blockbusters

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So there are a couple of trailers online today for some of the possibly lesser-known (or ones I’m not nearly as excited about, but still want to see) blockbuster movies out this summer…well, at least one.

Ocean’s 13– I’m not as excited about this one simply because I remember not enjoying the previous one. Ocean’s Eleven is still great on repeat viewings though. I remember totally not expecting the first to be that good…..I still crack up every time Bradd Pitt pretends to be a SWAT officer.

Evan AlmightyAgain, I though Bruce Almighty was just OK….Though, after watching the trailer for this follow-up, I’m thinking seeing Steve Carell’s antics will be entertaining. I saw alot of similarity to sayings and mannerisms from NBC’s The Office. I’m sure Office fans will turn out in droves to see this one.

Both updates via Coming Soon!

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March 30, 2007 at 8:50 am