Miramax, which has been subject to new ownership, is teaming up with The Weinstein Company to produce several questionable projects. More specifically, they’re convinced that sequels are their lifeboat and have decided to reboot a lot of movies that no one cares to have rebooted.
One of the first announced projects is a sequel to Bad Santa, which Billy Bob Thornton had recently discussed as being a project of interest. Rounders and Shakespeare in Love sequels are also in the works, with more possibly to follow.
That doesn’t sounds so bad. Bad Santa looks like a franchise that couldn’t hurt from a sequel. Rounders, on the other hand, will get fanboy backlash for trying to tarnish the legacy of their perfect poker movie. Plus, Texas Hold ‘Em isn’t really big as it used to be. And Shakespeare in Love? Seriously?
And then they follow it with a bunch of possible sequels NO ONE has an interest in seeing. These things have straight-to-DVD at your local Ralphs written all over it.
The other potential sequels and TV projects are Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror. This partnership augments an existing relationship between the companies on such franchises as Scream 4 (to be released April 15, 2011), Spy Kids 4 (to be released August 19, 2011) and Scary Movie 5.
I want to end this post by asking you to ponder this question. Do we really need a Scary Movie 5?