Archive for June, 2011

How to Ruin a Movie Sequel

For those Hollywood people who are considering an attempt to cash in on a previously well-received movie (or TV show, book, etc.), I offer the following suggestions. IF you want to completely ruin your production, that is!

* Take an interesting concept from the first movie, and then run it into the ground with overexposure. (Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions)

* Undo something really good that happened in the first movie. (Miss Congeniality 2)

* Remake the first movie rather than building on it. (Beverly Hills Cop 2)

* Or, change everything so that it’s nothing like the first. (Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3)

* Continue the story when you really should’ve stopped with the first one. (multiple offenders, including Grease 2, Speed 2, Men in Black 2, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey)

* And in your rush to produce the sequel – and strike while the brand’s iron is still hot – settle for a weak storyline. (again, multiple offenders, including Ocean’s Twelve, Legally Blonde 2)

On the other hand, I found this post that considers what makes a good sequel – and I quite agree!