“Sequels suck” says a character in Scream 2. Okay , it’s a self-aware horror thriller so the comment is meant to be ironic. But he may have a point.
I mean, Stephen King’s It was such a smash at the worldwide box office that there is already talk of It2, even though Mr. King never wrote a sequel to the original novel on which the movie was based. Yet. (Either Hollywood will offer the novelist a potful of money to pen a sequel or, more likely, hire a couple of Hollywood hacks to pen a screenplay “based on characters created by Stephen King” and/or make Mr. King an “executive producer.”)
Even mediocre thrillers often leave the barn door open for a sequel. Just in case the movie is a surprise hit at the box office and a sequel is now a possibility.(Hello, John Wick 2 )
There used to be episodes just like this decades ago (called network TV series.) Now, in the age of movies with the same actors playing the same characters,or “franchises” as they are called, we don’t have to wait a week to watch the next installment featuring our favorite characters, as we did with network TV shows, we have to wait several years while Hollywood makes the next movie in the series. It’s ironic, in a sense, since streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon have made the tyranny of network TV series irrelevant by bundling all the episodes in a particular season into one package, leading to the phenomenon known as “binge-watching.
I have just been corrected re: this comment:
|While I am not a fan of gratuitous sequals, it does need to be mentioned that the new release of “It” was meant to be made into two movies. The novel has two parts. The first part takes place when the protaginists are children (this is the content of the recent release) and the second part of the book takes place years later when the protagonists are adults, which is what the ‘sequel’ will be about.|