Tag Archives: sequel

Would, Or Indeed Should, Harrison Ford Revisit Blade Runner?

Since recapturing his enthusiasm for genre filmmaking during Prometheus, his Alien prequel/non-prequel, Ridley Scott has been talking up a new Blade Runner film. Not much has happened with it so far, but the last week has seen a flurry of news/rumours/speculation regarding Harrison Ford reprising his role as Deckard. The latest word, via EW.com, suggests that the project is still in its infancy, and it is not known yet whether the Deckard character would even be involved. Would Harrison Ford even be interested? Do fans want to see him back in the role?

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Where Do The Muppets Go From Here?

The Muppets is released in cinemas in the UK this week. Released in the US last November, it is the first theatrical outing for The Muppets since 1999’s Muppets from Space. The movie enjoyed reasonable success in the United States, and we’ll find out this weekend how it fares in the UK. It has not set the world box office alight so far, but has definitely found an audience. The question, then, is how to build on this momentum.

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Can Any Man Tame ‘The Wolverine’?

When X-Men Origins: Wolverine was conceived, it seemed fairly obvious that there would be a high chance of at least one follow-up. Coming as a spin-off from a franchise with three movies already under its belt, there was not chance it was ever going to be a stand alone art project. When it was released to such poor critical reception, however, one could be forgiven for thinking it might be the end of the road. This was not the case however, and Fox pressed on with plans for a second Wolverine film regardless. Continue reading

I Cannot Condone Pirate Movies

When Disney first announced that they were making a movie based on one of their theme park rides, it bemused the film industry. The idea that a film company was so lacking in creativity that they had to draw inspiration from a structure of wood and steel was almost alarming in its idiocy. This, of course, was before movies began being based on board games like Monopoly and Battleship, and children’s gadgets like Viewfinder 3D. Not much was really expected from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, despite the presence of Johnny Depp, and though they clearly had some belief in the project, Disney could not have predicted the success The Curse of the Black Pearl would enjoy. Continue reading

More Monsters Coming Over The Hill

The film festival at Cannes has begun, a time when the movers and shakers in the industry get together, and much dealing is done. The first really interesting news, to me at least, is that a sequel to Gareth Edward’s Monsters, one of Fluent in Film’s top ten films of 2010, is on the horizon. The article is here at Total Film, but not a great deal of information is known a this time as the project is still in its infancy. Based on what little we do know, however, it sounds like it is going to be less of a sequel per se, and more of a separate story told in the same universe. Continue reading

Common Sense Killed The Alien Prequel

Last week, it was announced that 20th Century Fox’s proposed Alien prequel, to be directed by original Alien helmer Ridley Scott, had instead become a completely original sci-fi project provisionally named Prometheus. The Alien fans who were looking forward to another installment in the franchise were left feeling desperately disappointed. Meanwhile, those that are heavily opposed to the plethora of reboots, remakes, prequels and sequels that we are routinely subjected to let out a huge sigh of relief. Personally, I don’t fall into either of these camps. I like the first Alien film, but successive sequels have deteriorated in quality exponentially. I have no problem in theory with remakes etc.. as long as there is a reason for them, whether it be a new, original take on a concept, or if more mileage is available form an existing film idea. So when I heard the news, I had no immediate extreme reaction to it, but I did find the news fascinating for several reasons. Continue reading

Disney Desperate To Create A New (Tron) Legacy

This week at aintitcoolnews.com Harry Knowles wrote a post revealing that Walt Disney Pictures may be about to announce that Tron 3 has been given the greenlight. Tron: Legacy has been successful at the box office, though not nearly as successful as Disney were probably hoping, and now that the film is effectively in the black, the company is apparently ready to begin development of the sequel. With a production budget of $170m and a worldwide gross of $300m, it looks on the surface like a no brainer. If, however, you take into consideration the marketing budget, which i would guess must almost equal that of the production, and it does not look quite so financially successful. The movie will make a small profit, particularly with merchandise and DVD/Blu-Ray sales yet to come, but conditions certainly don’t look ideal for a follow-up. Continue reading