Christopher Campbell Biography

‘Total Recall 2’ –- Why It’s a Shame the Remake Likely Won’t Get a Sequel

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by Christopher Campbell August 06, 2012 02:30 PM
Sony Pictures
The new version of ‘Total Recall’ is different from the original in many ways, but one thing that sadly remains similar is the opening box office gross. Back in 1990, $25.5 million was enough to be the biggest debut of the year. In 2012, an initial earning of $26 million is barely enough to crack the top 25. Given that the remake cost a lot more than the first film, even with inflation considered, the numbers are quite a disappointment. So, once again we can put to sleep the prospect of a ‘Total Recall 2.’

Can Superhero Movies Bring Back the "Too" Sequel?

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by Christopher Campbell July 31, 2012 09:23 AM
Warner Bros./Marvel Studios
Looking back on the 2012 summer movie season so far, it’s the superhero titles that are most notable, both in terms of box office and critical attention. And the big three, ‘The Avengers,’ ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ are all quite interesting in terms of their context within their respective franchises.
One is a new kind of sequel that intersects and interconnects four other series, and which will spawn a similarly extended sequel of its own; another is a mostly redundant reboot; and the last is the third installment in a contained trilogy that potentially could hatch a spin-off or prequel or some other kind of follow up that isn’t a direct continuation of the primary hero.
Following those films, we had a crazy idea for both the title and direction for Marvel mega movie’s sequel: ‘The Avengers Too.’

Top 10 Moments From the Olympics Opening Ceremony

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by Christopher Campbell July 28, 2012 04:44 PM
BBC
Last night’s Olympics kicked off with a spectacular mix of pop and pageantry under the artistic direction of Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle. From an American perspective, the opening ceremony in London seemed comprised of the best partsof an Oscar telecast, a Macy’s parade and a Super Bowl halftime show. In short, it was courtly and dignified but also wild and funny, altogether both odd enough and impressive enough to arouse a lot of talk and Tweets this weekend. To help lead the discussion, we’ve compiled our top ten highlights from the big event.

The 'Dark Knight' Returns? How Warner Bros. Will Reboot the Batman Franchise

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by Christopher Campbell July 23, 2012 12:12 PM
Warner Bros.
A 'Dark Knight' reboot? A 'Dark Knight' sequel? 'Dark Knight' spinoffs or prequels? Though Christopher Nolan has said he's done with the 'Dark Knight' franchise, Warner Bros. has expressed a strong interest in keeping the character going. We take a look at how Warner Bros. will take Batman beyond 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
(Major spoilers for 'The Dark Knight Rises' ahead.)

'Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Where the Rebooted Franchise Will Go Next

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by Christopher Campbell July 04, 2012 09:27 AM
Sony Pictures
“Ultimately the audience will tell us if they want one.” That’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ director Marc Webb talking recently about ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ But this is a silly statement because, first of all, the audience didn’t really want a ‘Spider-Man’ reboot yet got one anyway, and, second, Sony has actually been planning the trilogy for a while now. In fact, 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' is already in the rewrite stage, courtesy of ‘Transformers’ scribes Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, and is set for release on May 2, 2014. So what will happen in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2?'
Spoilers ahead...

Ted 2: What Will Seth MacFarlane Do For an Encore?

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by Christopher Campbell July 02, 2012 09:55 AM
Universal Pictures
Given the record-breaking success of 'Ted' this past weekend, the execs at Universal are most certainly talking today about plans for 'Ted 2.' Hollywood ought to now have greater trust in original ideas. Or, if not that, at least they should allow Seth MacFarlane to develop any other original project of his own devise. After all, much of the appeal of the comedy is that it's by the creator of 'Family Guy' and other hit television series. And his trademark pop culture-possessed sense of humor draws audiences more than does this film's specific story of arrested development.
But knowing Hollywood, we can guarantee that its first response this morning is to focus not on the “fluke” $54 million gross of a fresh property but on how to turn that newly minted name brand into an ongoing franchise. So what will Seth MacFarlane cook up for 'Ted 2?'

'Brave 2' - What's Next for Merida, the Warrior Princess?

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by Christopher Campbell June 25, 2012 12:28 PM
Pixar
There is likelihood, or at least a possibility - that there will be a 'Brave 2.' The Pixar movie is a success, and while it would be nice for the wholly original tale to inspire more films not based on a pre-existing work, the truth is that it will sooner spin-off material related to itself, whether in the form of features, shorts or a television series. Hardcore Pixar fans may continue wishing for ‘Incredibles 2', but mainstream audiences with their short memories might be more easily sold on a return to the lush animated world of 10th century Scotland. And Disney, surely surprised by the film’s positive reception from boys, no longer has to fear the property is solely for the less-preferred female demographic.

Prometheus 2: What's Going to Happen in the Sequel?

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by Christopher Campbell June 11, 2012 11:46 AM
20th Century Fox
A number of guides out there are attempting to help moviegoers answer the big questions about Prometheus, and we continue to get “viral” supplements (videos, websites, etc.) to officially offer clues. But there’s really only one thing that we're left wondering about after two viewings of the movie: where will the inevitable sequel take us?

'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' Plans: Where Should the Sequel Go?

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by Christopher Campbell June 04, 2012 11:10 AM
Universal Pictures
Snow White and the Huntsman’ made a surprisingly impressive box office debut this past weekend, but the verdict on whether it’s actually a good or bad take on the classic fairy tale is up in the air.
A follow-up is indeed in the works (surely being fast-tracked now that the first is such a success), and given Hollywood’s mindset there is likely some truth to the presumption that ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2’ would sadly concentrate more on the love triangle and start morphing into another 'Twilight' rip-off.