Because making a film that isn’t a sequel or is based upon an original idea is just too gosh darned hard, Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson has announced that the studio will be churning out ever more Bourne sequels, as well as sequels to the films Identity Thief and Snow White and the Huntsman, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
First, the somewhat surprising bit about Identity Thief—sure the recent comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman has been a relative hit by scoring $77 million thus far at the box office, but it’s also a critical dud and modern comedies rarely seem to be the most franchise-worthy genre. But hey, it made money, so Universal is currently in talks to find a way totally rehash the film all over again in a way in which audiences will pay $17 dollars to see it.
Elsewhere, despite rumors that it would be a Huntsman-only film, Snow White and the Huntsman is getting a sequel that will star both Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, because the last movie made $400 million. So more blank Stewart stares and Hemsworth doing warrior things! Huzzah!
Finally, Fogelson made it clear that Universal will continue to desperately continue to cling to the Bourne franchise despite the departure of its star, Matt Damon, and the failure of his successor, Jeremy Renner, to keep The Bourne Legacy from underperforming. Fogelson has stated that Legacy was intended to expand the Bourne universe and allow them to tell more characters’ stories, and even allow for Damon to return (despite the actor saying it likely isn’t going to happen).
So there you have it—three unnecessary sequels to three unnecessary films. Can’t wait!
What do you think of the sequel news?
Source: First Showing