I”m sure studios talk about doing more sequels all the time in their respective meetings, but Universal decided to open up and publicly announce that they’ll probably be milking a ton of their in-house cash cows (whether they make money or not). They saw some success early this year with Mama and Identity Thief and they were quick to latch onto those properties. I assume Identity Thief will go the way of The Hangover films, meaning they’ll probably rehash the same story in a different setting. Perhaps they find a third person who legally changes their name to Sandy Patterson to prolong this road trip hi-jinx franchise. I think this Jason Bateman vehicle will definitely see some diminishing returns the second time around though because the first film wasn’t a critical success and people become jaded at the idea of studios clinging on to one-and-done formulas.
I don’t even know what they’re thinking of doing with Mama 2, and apparently the director is not too keen on doing another one; he feels that the theme has been beaten over the head and is seriously hoping that the studio won’t move forward with it. I WOULD also suggest that they lay this one to rest, but the prospect of coming up with a bunch of silly sequel names is too enticing for me (Mama 2: Mama Harder, Mama…Mia, Mamas, Papa, The Mama, Big Mama’s House, etc., etc.)
They’re also thinking about doing another Bourne and Snow White and the Huntsman movies. Bourne makes sense because it’s a solid action vehicle in the same vein as Mission: Impossible and 007; you just don’t give up on those properties. They’re even thinking about bringing Matt Damon back, which sweetens the pot for a lot of people (except Jimmy Kimmel). Snow White and the Huntsman sequel is apparently already in development and it is likely that we’ll be seeing Kristen Stewart and Chris Helmsworth’s character coming back, though they’ll probably need to seek another director. I believe this will be the first modern retelling of a fairy tale to get a sequel, which I guess is cool. I haven’t seen the first one, but I’m still bitter that they changed all the dwarve’s names.
Then there are the reboots. They recently announced that they’re rebooting The Mummy and are pitting script writers against each other to come up with a better screenplay (and the loser gets fed to a lion), but they’re also thinking of rebooting Van Helsing, which starred Hugh Jackman as a vampire hunter who did not exclusively hunt vampires. They’re aiming to create a big blockbuster monster movie to combat the likes of comic book films, which sounds like a 90 degrees uphill battle.
They also have the license to create a Fifty Shades of Gray movie, which isn’t a sequel or a reboot. I also have no interest in discussing it, so let’s stop the talk right there.
P.S. Oh yeah, they’re also developing another Jurassic Park movie. How could I forget.
Written by Daniel Lee