What’s Worse – Straight to DVD Sequels Without The Original Cast Or Sequels To 20 Year Old Movies?

I read a rumor today that Disney is planning a sequel to Hocus Pocus. Since the first film was not based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel I didn’t care then. It wasn’t a great movie when it came out in the early 90’s and isn’t great now. So why would Disney make a sequel? I’m surprised it isn’t going the remake route.

There’s also talk of Beetlejuice getting a sequel. Recently the writer of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter was asked to develop a sequel. Given that he hasn’t done well adapting his own work to the screen I can’t help but worry that it will be bad. But is it better or worse than taking the name of a property and developing sequels that have nothing to do with the original?

For a while now we have been subjected to movies like Roadhouse 2, Single White Female 2, Wild Things Infinity, and 8mm 2. These movies barely take anything from the movies that originated the name and sullying our memories of them. Sure the Wild Things sequels try to keep the three-ways in each of the sequels and Roadhouse 2 took place at a rowdy honky tonk bar but there was nothing else there that would make you believe they earned the title.

I don’t know which I despise more. I really hate bad belated sequels meant to capitalize on our nostalgia while bringing back at least one of the original principal actors. Hell, even Evan Almighty fell into that category. I also really hate that studios try to capitalize on the straight to video market by throwing a number behind a movie we once liked in order to get people to rent it.

I don’t understand why Hollywood is so afraid of original content anymore. Between remakes, reboots, sequels, franchises, movies based on comics, or all of the above there is little room left for a new movie written by someone with an original idea to get made. In the last ten years original movies have gotten squeezed out of the multiplexes to a point where the reigning champs are all part of the above listed types. Don’t people realize that new content can be successful? As much as I hate to call it original Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time. It was not a remake, reboot, sequel, based on a book or comic. It may have stolen from many other films or television shows like The Smurfs, Last Of The Mohicans, and Ferngully but that’s not the point. It was credited as an original idea so for the sake of argument we shall call it original.

I know I am just wasting my breath talking about wanting a return to form in Hollywood. They won’t change unless the message is clear – we want new stuff not more old stuff recycled. The only way that can happen is if we stop going to these movies or renting them. All they care about is money. If it doesn’t sell they won’t make it.

I’m just as guilty as everyone else. I see these remakes and straight to DVD sequels. I hate myself in the morning for it more than having sex with a woman that has a thicker mustache than mine after a bender. Remakes and sequels are almost like bell bottoms in the 70’s – you’d be hard pressed to find anything else so you may as well just surrender and wait for the next trend. At least leg warmers were an optional accessory.


Mad Max: Fury Road Is Actually Happening

I’ve said it before – I don’t like remakes. I’m okay with sequels but when a sequel comes 20 years later and the main character is recast I can’t help but feel a bit of trepidation. Sure, I like Tom Hardy and I can’t wait to see what he does as Bane but I don’t know if I want to see him play Max.

The post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max has always been a cool one. I enjoyed all three movies in the original run of the series. George Miller created a fascinating world for the characters to play in. Since he stopped making these films he’s gone on to do more family friendly cinema like Babe and Happy Feet. I wonder if he’s got what it takes to come back to such a dark and violent film series.

When I think about how a fourth Indiana Jones didn’t work or how other belated sequels just seem to flounder I wonder if it is a good idea at all. I love Ghostbusters but I’m grateful to Bill Murray for constantly saying no. I don’t want another Lethal Weapon or Die Hard for that matter. I just want Hollywood to move on and do something original. As I say this I may change my tune when I see the new Mad Max or Die Hard…but I doubt it.