While still yearning for original movie plots, hearing about a sequel to a movie nowadays is not so bad anymore because of the current direction these movies are being developed. At least for now anyways.
When you see a movie do extremely well at the box office and with audiences you notice that every company comes out with their own version. That is when the latest trend is developed. Some trends include Vampire movies, Zombie movies, remakes/reboots, and the latest Superhero/Comic book movies.
We are getting a lot of sequels to movies again. While that is definitely an ongoing trend that will never go away. I’ve notice in the past few years we are getting direct sequels to movies that have been made over 10 yrs ago. The average sequel to a blockbuster hit in my opinion gets made an average 5 yrs after the previous. We have definitely shown disgust in the lack of original ideas and just popping out sequels like a pregnant rabbit just for a quick buck. However, there have been some great follow ups being released from movies that haven’t seen the big screen since the 80’s and 90’s.
I first noticed this when Malcolm D. Lee and Universal Studios decided to do a follow up to The Best Man (1999) with Best Man Holiday (2013). The movie was highly successful and also a surprise hit as titles like these are usually released directly to DVD. I know that I loved the movie and even though there was a 14 yr gap between both films, there was still a fanbase for it and it worked well. According to Boxofficemojo.com the movie grossed $72,835,710 worldwide. Which is pretty good. The movie is also getting a sequel due to its success.
At the time, I thought that was a great idea and welcomed more like it. Next I noticed that a small UPN show Veronica Mars after being off the air for almost 7 yrs decided to throw a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to not only make a follow up to the series which didn’t have a closing episode to wrap up the show, be made for the big screen. That is a big risk for a show that ran three seasons on TV. However it worked. Fans put up the dough and the movie was made. While the movie didn’t do well financially only making half of the cost of the movie grossed $3,517,027 compared to production cost of $6 million dollars just on 347 screens worldwide. The movie still had positive feedback to the movie and the idea alone to make this movie. The movie received a 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Then you have Mad Max: Fury Road, which was just voted best movie of 2015 by the International Federation of Film Critics according to the Hollywood Reporter. That sequel came after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome which was released back in 1985. That’s a 30 yr gap. Fury road grossed $375,836,354 worldwide. That’s amazing and the movie was great too.
It doesn’t stop there with movies like Dumb and Dumber (1994) to Dumb and Dumber to (2014) if you don’t count the horrible direct to dvd prequel When Harry met Lloyd. Vacation (2015) following theatrical release Vegas Vacation (1997).
The latest being Jurassic world (2015) as a follow up direct sequel to Jurassic Park III (2001) another 14yr gap. That movie is one of the highest grossing movies of all time with $1,668,912,312 worldwide. With sequels to that coming up as well.
What I like about what is going on here is that these movies have been allowed to breathe and become classics. They have all created a foundation in movie history while some not as popular but definitely not forgotten. It makes sense to come out with a sequel to a hit right away to keep the momentum going and our attention focused on the franchise so it doesn’t slip through the cracks. These movies that I’ve mentioned prove that you can wait a while before making a sequel right away and still be a success.
Clearly this new trend isn’t going anywhere with films like Star Wars (30+ yrs later) Gremlins (25+ yrs later) Zoolander (15 yrs later) Bill and Ted adv (25+ yrs later) Aliens (20+ yrs later) and Kill Bill (TBD at least 10+ yrs later) are all getting direct sequels. NO reboots or remakes for these titles. I think that is awesome and look forward to more. I am still hoping for a Goonies sequel one day.
Are there any movies that I have missed and didn’t mention that you love?What movies from the past would you love to see be made into a sequel? Geek out in the comments below. Thanks for reading moviegeeks.