So I just saw that there is going to be a Taken 2 movie. I'm trying to figure out where this movie can go. Let's be honest, it's most likely not going to be up to par with the first. I also heard that a Jurassic Park 4 is in the works and many more sequels to come I'm sure. Why is it that Hollywood feels the need to beat us to death with the same movie over and over? How many times can people get trapped on an island with dinosaurs? Sometimes Hollywood, there is too much of a good thing (*cough Transformers cough*).
The lack of originality in Hollywood is daunting. The slightest amount of money that is made on a movie seemingly warrants a sequel. No Hollywood it doesn't. And this new fad of remaking every movie ever made before 1990 needs to stop as well. They are called classics for a reason, leave them be.
There are so many books out there with original stories that can be adapted to film. Not that I'm a serious proponent of Hollywood destroying a perfectly good book, but if they are looking for original stories, go to the library and do some research (some writers and directors actually can transfer from book to film pretty darn well).
I was hearing that they were thinking of making a sequel to Dumb and Dumber to star Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey. Um, the first was great, the "prequel" was horrid just from the previews, and then to try a sequel is just dumb (no pun intended). Jim Carrey apparently thought so as well, as he has since pulled out. It might be good for a few laughs, but won't be as good as the first.
I'm not going to say I haven't enjoyed a sequel of a movie, but it's far and few between. And there are those movies with multiple sequels where they just dwindle in quality the more they make. A few examples would be Indiana Jones and Lethal Weapon. By the time they reach the fourth movie it's just crap.
Hollywood needs to learn when to say stop. I know it's more about making money than putting out quality, and this is where it's gone wrong. A little thought and time put into the process would help a ton. Maybe we could get some original stories that way.
I'm not holding my breath.
P.S. Sorry for the disappearing act. I will be better at this blogging thing.