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We Do It To Ourselves . . .

Ever get tired of seeing stupid, mindless sequels?

Or worse, playing them?

Want to know why we are blessed with still more Star Wars, Friday the 13th, Star Trek, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones (I can't help but wonder if the one Lucas and Spielberg are currently making will be "Indiana Jones and the Walker of Wonder, starring Sean Connery, Harrison Ford and Katie Holmes as Dakota Jones")?

Why games like Psychonauts languish on the shelves so that we can have yet another Tony Hawk, Madden sports flavor-du-jour, Grand Theft or Midnight Club?

Because we do it to ourselves.

We vote for the neverending stream of sequels with our dollars. We are the predictible, core audience.

So instead of trying to promote interesting and unique concepts, like Psychonauts, producers and distributors go with the safe, steady and familiar.

Stuff we will recognize.

That will make us comfortable.

So our eyes glaze over and we hand over our wallets . . .

"There's no such thing as a surefire hit in Hollywood," says Entertainment Tonight film critic Leonard Maltin. "But a franchise is as close to surefire as it gets."

"Whether it's a prequel, a sequel or a remake, it's simply much less risky to use a known brand than to start from scratch," explains Russ Leatherman, aka Mr. Moviephone. In other words, why risk a big-budget flop when you can continue a series that has a built-in audience?

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Depressing, isn't it?

3 comments:

bod said...

Yes I see that. Remember when the likes of Spielberg and Lucas meant a Wow factor and you wondered what you would see next?

Alicia said...

Katie Holmes? First of all, Ford is getting on in years to be playing an action hero, but Katie Holmes? I guess she's his grand-daughter?

I am with you on the craziness of these sequels. Remember when jokes were made about Rocky 25 and some other movie franchise sequel machine. Crazy.

Ghost said...

Doesn't have to be Katie Holmes. Pick the random over-exposed bimbo of your choice for the role.

It's not so much about the sequels as it is about the level of crap we are willing to tolerate . . .

And in the name of characters, stories and writers we claim to adore.