The Critical 'I'

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Sunday, August 31, 2003

This sequel-heavy summer was supposed to be money in the bank for Hollywood. How did it turn out? Good, but not great, with as many sequel flops as successes, and the unexpected triumph of a little clownfish named Nemo.

I know for me, it's been a very tepid summer movie season, and this is coming from a movie fanatic. I generally pass on the mainstream crap, but even the independent and offbeat stuff has been less than fullfilling. I'm hoping the autumn will be much better.

Has this summer soured the film industry on the sequel formula? Regrettably, no:

"Anybody who tells you sequels are dead, sequels aren't going to be made, doesn't know what they're talking about," said Tom Sherak, a partner in Revolution Studios, which teamed with Sony on the summer hit "Daddy Day Care" and the season's big flop, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's "Gigli."

"Sequels are pre-sold pictures with a pre-sold audience that normally do really well. They are not going to go away. They're going to be a mainstay in Hollywood. It's just a matter of re-examining the economics of sequels."

And to back that up, studios everywhere are gearing up for more sequel madness in summer 2004.