Sunday, July 14, 2013

Summer of Sequels

Just recently, I was waiting on the subway platform waiting for the train to arrive and across the way I noticed three new movie posters lined up. The movies were Grown Ups 2, Despicable Me 2, and Red 2. All three movies were sequels. Is this what we have to look forward to this summer? An entire season of movies that were OK and the studios decided to make another offspring. It's a topic that has been going around for some time now and poses the question, where are all the original films? listed an incredible 35 sequel films to be released this year in 2013... 35!!!  This summer alone, more than half of those sequels are to be released. If you're looking for something original, this is not the summer for you to rush out to theaters.

There is some background to this influx of sequels... Hollywood saw dollar signs last summer and are hopeful those same moviegoers will return this year and support the movie franchises. Just last year, 7 of the top 10 grossing films just so happened to be sequel films. It's a trend that is likely to follow this year being so many of them released during the summer alone.

One studio, however, has promised to cut back on releasing sequels and put a focus on original stories. In an article from, Pixar studios has made a noble decision to no longer make unnecessary sequels. While the studio does have a sequel out right now, Monsters University, they will now only make sequels if the story demands that it be made. Although they won't stop making them, Pixar studio head Ed Camull, stated they will now be releasing one original story a year. (Which is very promising since they typically release one film a year). Perhaps other studios will follow Pixar's lead and change their focus to producing original stories as well!

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