Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sequels, Prequels & Fourquels: Is The Film Biz Playing It Too Safe?

The serialization of movies is really not a new phenomenon. If you are old enough - or enough of a film lover - you might remember the Charlie Chan, Andy Hardy and The Thin Man series of films. And let us not forget the 22 James Bond films that have been made since the early 60s. But with the recent success of the fifth film in the "Fast & Furious" series and the upcoming release of the fourth film in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series - as well as plans for more "X-Men", "Twilight" and "Spy Kids" movies, it seems like the trend is turbo-charged for the 21st century. Here is a good article which examines the current trend in more detail. Needless to say, this trend does not bode all that well for independent filmmakers.