The problem with movie sequels

With sequels being Hollywood’s favourite thing to churn out year after year, it leaves people to wonder; will we ever get some original movie ideas? The term “sequelitis” refers to an infestation of unnecessary movie sequels spreading throughout cinemas and it seems that tinsel town most definitely contracted this disease.

Why make a movie sequel?

This begs the question; why do sequels keep getting made? Erik Davis, who is managing editor of Fandango.com and Movies.com, hits the nail on the head. He said: “Sequels can make a lot of money, but the ones that didn’t do so well were movies that I don’t think there was a high demand for a follow-up.”

Hollywood seem to keep making sequels that no one asked for. I don’t think there is a single person out there thinking we could do with another Huntsman movie, or a Bad Neighbours 2, Ride Along 2, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the list can go on. Just because a movie does surprisingly well the first-time round doesn’t mean they need to chuck out an unnecessary sequel.

The biggest problem is when Hollywood release a sequel decades after the original in an attempt to cash in on people’s nostalgia. Prime examples include; Dumb and Dumber To (20 years after first one), Zoolander 2 (15 years after first one) or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (19 years after the third one). What they end up doing is repeating everything that made the originals so special.

Summer movie box office

This year’s summer box office top ten only saw two original movies make the list (10: Girls Trip and 4: Dunkirk). The rest consisted of sequels, reboots or movies based on source materials. Not even the best original movie, in my opinion, in recent history Baby Driver made the cut.

Do Hollywood lack originality?

Are Hollywood running out of ideas? Director Brad Bird believes more needs to be done about the increasing reliance on sequels. He said: “Many of my favourite movies are sequels. But I do worry when it’s taking up more than fifty percent of the big-budget bandwidth, the collective bandwidth of Hollywood, it starts to worry me because it means nothing new is getting introduced into the ecosystem. That’s not healthy for the long-term view of film”.

Upcoming movie sequels

With a slew of upcoming sequels to come, including Daddy’s Home 2, Jigsaw, Fifty Shades Freed, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2 (finally) and many more. It is safe to say that Hollywood aren’t done milking every original movie ever released.