'Paranormal Activity 5' is happening - that much we know. The 'Paranormal Activity' franchise is a huge hit at Halloween and with the latest sequel 'Paranormal Activity 4' now in theaters (and likely to do big business), the found footage action has returned.
Though the story expands to add seemingly unrelated characters, it once again fails to fill in all the gaps of our understanding how the 'Paranormal' films all fits together. So how can next year's 'Paranormal Activity 5' answer our questions about this mysterious and frightening world?
'Sinister 2' looks like an almost certain possibility even though ‘Sinister’ finished the weekend in third place. The horror film still made money ($18 million) given its low budget ($3 million). While not a sensation on the level of ‘Paranormal Activity,' the profit margin makes ‘Sinister 2’ look likely from a business perspective. But could it work from a storytelling perspective?
The fictional family at the center of the ‘Taken’ movies joins the Freelings (‘Poltergeist’), the Brodys (‘Jaws’), the Connors (‘The Terminator’) and the McClanes (‘Die Hard’) as those which will never be free of their respective threats. Sharks and Grubers and robot assassins and cult leader ghosts just don’t rest as long as their and Hollywood’s objectives remain unfulfilled, and the same goes for the vengeful Albanians who will just keep coming after Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his ex-wife and daughter (Famke Jansen and Maggie Grace) until they’re satisfied.
But will there be a ‘Taken 3’ to depict the next step in this ongoing family feud, which we saw in ‘Taken 2’ is focused primarily between the Millses and the clan of kidnapping kingpin Murad Krasniqi (Rade Serbedzija)?
The success of Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ is great news for fans of wholly original movies, because the Sony-distributed, time travel-based hit is not based on a novel or comic book or toy or anything else, and hopefully it is a harbinger of things to come. But that originality may spawn unoriginality as the success of the film may dictate a 'Looper 2.' Should there be a 'Looper 2?' Could there be a 'Looper 2?' We investigate.
The ‘Resident Evil’ movies could probably go on forever. There’s seemingly no serious narrative goal, and each installment is little more than a guilty pleasure for its fans. While the latest sequel, ‘Resident Evil: Retribution,’ debuted to the lowest numbers since the first film, its opening weekend box office take is still not much lower than the series best. They’re not huge money makers, but they are pretty consistent, and it shouldn’t be overlooked that they also earn about 70% of their total gross overseas.
So, as the final cliff-hanging moment of ‘Retribution’ promises, yes, there will be a part six.
Imagine a movie just about the Temple of Doom, no Indiana Jones. How about one solely following the Prisoner of Azkaban with no Harry Potter in sight? Having a ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2’ without Snow White just sounds odd. She is the brand.
As 'Snow White and the Huntsman' hits home video, it’s worth taking another look at where the property will go next. Since my last column devoted to plans for a ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2,’ a few things have happened. The worst of them, to be honest, is that Bob Hoskins (“Muir”) has decided to retire from acting. So there goes one of the dwarfs. Greater issue for some of the movie’s fans, however, is the possible elimination or minimization of Kristen Stewart and the Snow White role. Goodbye presumed love triangle! So now what?
Now that the summer movie season is winding down, we can look back on the the past few months and see what did well and what everyone liked. And for Hollywood that means seeing what’s worth holding onto. It’s impossible for the studios to look at either a box office hit or an audience favorite and not at least consider sequel potential.
Even without their big plans or their pre-written material, ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Hunger Games’ would be certainties for second helpings. And even though ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ won’t lead to a direct sequel, the Batman property will continue on the big screen in some form.
The question is, then, whether or not we actually want these sequels. Will a follow up do service to those original ticket buyers or that growing fanbase? Or will they be too much on the side of a cash grab? This week we consider some potentially anticipated sequels to 2012 movies and break down why viewers might like to return to these properties in the future.
With talk of 'The Expendables 3' going back to early this year, the film has already been discussed at length. Time to start contemplating the stunt casting for ‘The Expendables 4’ already, right?
But even though it seems ‘The Expendables 3’ was getting more coverage than the sequel at hand last week, most of that was all speculation and wishful thinking along with some humorous lists of unlikely actors to bring into the fold of action heroes. We've got a different idea for the sequel though...