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Can studios really expect theater audiences to keep coming back to old franchises decades after their original release? Looking at data over the last couple decades, the answer has become a resounding yes. This is an in-depth look at why that is.
We all know that sequels are rarely better than the original film. And sequels of sequels tend to be even worse. Audiences are aware of this fact, which is why traditionally sequels usually gross less in theaters than the original film. If audiences don’t respond to the sequel as well as the original film, they are less inclined to see it more than once, or tell their friends to go see it.
It becomes a matter of diminishing returns; studios try to eke out as much business from one franchise before it no longer makes financial sense to release another sequel. And with each sequel making less money, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Steven Spielberg has a thing for movies about aliens. Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. and War of the Worlds are the biggest examples, but they can also be found in some of his less popular movies like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Even 1941 is a satire of the real evening an unidentified flying object over Los Angeles lead to mass military confusion. Heck, even the final evolution of robots in A.I. look like aliens. So, yeah, extraterrestrials are kind of Spielberg's thing, and we are totally okay with that because he does incredible things with the material. And soon we'll be able to add another project to this already impressive list. Spielberg's company, Amblin Partners, has just bought The Fall written by relative newcomer...
- Peter Hall
They say that late is better than never, but are those really words to live by when it comes to movie sequels? Hollywood studios are currently in a deep phase of mining existing properties for new material and, though this might seem like risk-averse behaviour at first glance, it really is a sizeable gamble.
The cynical view of this tendency to reboot is that corporations are trying to wring every last cent they can from ideas and icons that have proven successful in the past. There is some logic to it, because it works on the basis of what is essentially brand recognition – audiences will remember enjoying it last time, so they will feel compelled to return for more. The issue is in selecting the brand to be used, however – and this is not always as easy as it sounds.
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- Sarah Myles
Opening on over 3,330 screens, The Bfg only managed $19 million against competition in The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year and box office giant Finding Dory. With a production budget of $140 million, this is a very disappointing opening. Not only is it from a beloved literary classic, it’s also a return to studio blockbusters for Spielberg following Bridge of Spies, Lincoln and Warhorse. Some would even argue this is Spielberg’s biggest movie since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008.
Internationally the movie opened in Russia and Australia and earned an extra $9 million.
See Also – Read our review of The Bfg here
- Luke Owen
It was a time when American directors were offering up smaller, more intimate looks at crime, politics and society, such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Dog Day Afternoon,” two of the year’s other big hits. But Spielberg went in the opposite direction. He was a maximalist. His work promised spectacle, of the kind that needed to be enjoyed on the big screen.
Over the ensuing decades, no director has maintained a firmer grasp of popular tastes. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Jurassic Park” were popcorn movie totems for a generation of film lovers and Spielberg became synonymous with summer blockbuster season.
“If you ask anyone across the country or around the world to name a director, he’s at the top of the list, »
- Brent Lang
Star Wars-style torch-passing won’t work for the adventurer – a successful reboot might require pitching young and old versions of Indy across multiple timelines
Among all the fuss over Disney’s $4.05bn purchase of Star Wars rights holder Lucasfilm in October 2012 – remember all those terrible shots of George Lucas fighting Mickey Mouse and Darth Pluto with lightsabers? – it was largely overlooked that the studio had also picked up the rights to a certain slightly beat-up, fedora-sporting archaeological adventurer. Now that Star Wars has been wrenched from the horrors of the dark side (otherwise known as the prequels) and placed back on the path to righteousness by Jj Abrams, the mouse house has begun turning its attention to that other famous Lucas-spawned franchise, you know: the one that barely put a foot wrong for nigh-on three decades before royally nuking the fridge with 2008’s misfiring Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. »
- Ben Child
It appears that the next Indiana Jones movie won’t be the last crusade for Harrison Ford. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained that Ford’s next turn as Dr. Jones, slated for a 2019 release, will not be his end. Ford will be 77 when the action movie is out in theaters. “Yes, I do [plan on making more Jones movies]. I don't think it reaches the scale of the universe of Star Wars, but I see making more. It won't be just a one-off,” Iger said. “We [got] Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones in the film. But then what's the direction? I've had discussions about what the direction is, [but] I don't want to get into it.” The first four movies in the franchise have grossed an adjusted $2 billion domestically. That said, the most recent film, 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was, by far, the least successful, »
- David Eckstein
Back in March it was announced that Harrison Ford is set to dust off the fedora and bullwhip as he reunites with Steven Spielberg for a fifth instalment of the Indiana Jones series, ending speculation that Disney would reboot the franchise with a younger actor.
Given that Ford will be 77 years old by the time Indiana Jones 5 hits cinemas, there’s been some talk as to whether the movie could go down the Star Wars: The Force Awakens route and kill off the beloved character. However, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg has outright dismissed the idea:
“I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans,” said Spielberg, before stating that while he wouldn’t give away any plot details, “The one thing I will tell you is I’m not killing off Harrison Ford at the end of it.
So… does that mean we’ll »
- Gary Collinson
Look, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull didn't do much for fans when it came out. There was plenty of hype around it, considering LucasFilm had gotten the band back together. You had Steven Spielberg in the director's chair, a story by George Lucas, Harrison Ford donning the iconic hat, John Williams scoring the thing, and even Karen Allen returning to the famous franchise. But the movie simply missed the mark.
Similar to another hotly-anticipated project that would find Lucas revisiting hallowed ground that he, himself, had created, it didn't seem to understand what fans of the originals loved about those movies. Spielberg, out making the rounds to discuss his latest business dealings, offered a couple of remarks aimed at letting people know that the next Indiana Jones film would be more of a straight-up crowd pleaser for the fans.
"I think this one is straight down the pike for the fans," the legendary director told Yahoo! News. This calls to mind what happened with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The prequels were maligned for missing the elements that people loved most about the Original Trilogy, and so Episode VII did its best to deliver exactly what worked so well in the older films. Perhaps it tried to hit those notes a little too hard, as some have said that it felt like a total retread, but you can't deny that the current batch of folks working on Star Wars at least get what fans loved about the series to begin with.
Another common element here is Ford, who appeared in The Force Awakens as a great bridge between the old and the new. Spielberg, perhaps with tongue in cheek, wants fans to know that he isn't planning on pulling a Force Awakens when it comes to Ford in Indiana Jones 5: "The one thing I will tell you is I'm not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it."
So you can take that comment however you'd like. He's either having fun with one of the major twists from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or he's addressing the rumors that there'll be a "passing of the hat" in this movie, so that future films can focus on someone like Indy's son.
What do you think of these remarks? Does it encourage you to hear that Indiana Jones 5 is going to be "straight down the pike" for fans? Or does that scare you because it sounds like it may be too familiar and play things too safely? Are you happy to hear that Ford's Jones will live on for future installments- assuming this next one gets people excited about the franchise again?
Source: Yahoo! News
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- Mario-Francisco Robles
Production is more than halfway complete on Disney and LucasFilm's highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is slated to hit theaters on December 15, 2017. While this sequel will be helmed by a new director, Rian Johnson, all of the main stars from the blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be back, including stars Daisy Ridley (Rey), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), just to name a few. Today we have confirmation that another important member of the production team is coming back, with composer John Williams confirming he will provide the score for Star Wars: Episode VIII.
This news comes just a month after John Williams hinted he may not be back for Star Wars: Episode VIII, while adding that he doesn't want anyone else composing the score either. The composer was honored by the American Film Institute last night, where Variety caught up with the legend. »
Good news about the upcoming Indiana Jones sequel! Legendary composer John Williams will be returning to score the fifth installment of Steven Spielberg's iconic series. Williams has scored all four films in the franchise, including the hero's last outing, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which raked in $786 million worldwide. "John Williams will come back and score [the film], absolutely,” Spielberg confirmed to Et Thursday at the American Film Institute event honoring Williams with the AFI Life Achievement Award at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The 84-year-old composer - who has been nominated for 50 Academy Awards throughout »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but the movie business operates on its own calendar. The foreign release of “Captain America: Civil War” this weekend and its domestic debut in five days kicks off Hollywood’s busiest season and signals that it’s popcorn movie time again.
The next four months will bring sequels aplenty, costumed vigilantes, and the destruction of several major cities. If movie studios have gamed out their major releases correctly, then they stand to profit handsomely from new Avengers, X-Men, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek installments. If not, they could be left holding a “R.I.P.D.”
Here are five burning questions that audiences will help answer at the multiplexes this summer.
1.) Does star power still matter?
- Brent Lang
All year I've had that Jim Broadbent line from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull stuck in my head: "We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away." It's just about the only good line in that movie - certainly, the only one that is even attempting to be insightful about where Indiana Jones would have been at that point as a person, even if the rest of the film couldn't care less. And maybe I'm just feeling sorry for myself in thinking about those things, but as others have observed elsewhere: Holy fuck, 2016. Stop. Enough. With every one the profound underlying sadness of the elderly is more sensible - how many...
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Tony Black on Indiana Jones and the future of the franchise…
Ask almost anyone what they thought of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the 2008 long-gestated sequel known forever and a day simply as ‘Indy IV’, and you’ll probably get much the same answer. “Awful!” “Rotten!” “Should never have made it!” “Nuke the fridge???!” You get the drift. It’s about as popular a sequel as World War Two, the fourth in, to many, a near-perfect trilogy of adventure films that helped define their decade, and the childhoods of millions. Indeed many try and revise history to erase it from their minds, considering Last Crusade the last hurrah. Like it or not, however, Disney know Indy = money given the near $800 million the fourth movie made on just shy of a $200 million budget. Almost nobody liked it, yet almost everybody went to see it. Therefore, after Disney’s epic purchase of LucasFilm, »
- Tony Black
Last month, Disney announced that director Steven Spielberg and star Harrison Ford will be reuniting for a fifth instalment in the Indiana Jones franchise, which is being penned by David Koepp and is slated to hit the big screen in 2019.
Details on the project are scarce, but producer Frank Marshall has offered a couple of tidbits during an appearance at CinemaCon. Marshall shrugged off suggestions that Ford is too old to play the character, stating that “he wasn’t too old for Star Wars: The Force Awakens“, as well as revealing that Indiana Jones 5 will be a “continuation” of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull story.
Now, before you choke on your tea, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be getting a straight-up sequel complete with Mutt Williams and interdimensional beings; Marshall could simply be implying that the new movie will take place after the events of Crystal Skull, »
- Gary Collinson
The next Indiana Jones adventure will be a "continuation" of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Specific details about the now-confirmed Indiana Jones 5 are in short supply still, as you might expect. We know that Harrison Ford is returning, we know that Steven Spielberg is directing again, and it’s unclear if George Lucas will have any involvement at all. Oh, and David Koepp is penning the screenplay.
Producer Frank Marshall has thrown in one or two more bits of information, though. He’s told Variety that Indiana Jones 5 will definitely not see the title role recast, as had been rumoured, and that Indy will be Harrison Ford.
He also confirmed that the new film will be a “continuation” of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
That said, it sounds like a well chosen word. Continuation doesn’t mean sequel, »
Even though he's got three more movies to get through —"The Bfg," "Ready Player One," and "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara"— speculation and nervousness is running high around Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones 5." Fans were hoping it would be a corrective to "Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull," at least until the production hired that film's writer David Koepp to pen the screenplay for the new flick. So it looks like there will be no ignoring that unloved franchise chapter. Variety is on the ground at CinemaCon, and according to the trade's conversation with producer Frank Marshall, "Indiana Jones 5" will be a "continuation" of 'Crystal Skull.' What that means exactly isn't clear. Does that mean Shia Labeouf will be back? Doubtful. If anything, it probably just means that the character threads will pull through to the next movie, and it will be as connected as the previous movies. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last month, LucasFilm put a slew of rumors to rest by confirming that Indiana Jones 5 is finally moving forward, with Harrison Ford set to star and Steven Spielberg directing from a script by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull writer David Koepp. Of course, no story details have surfaced thus far, but http://variety.com/2016/scene/vpage/frank-marshall-indiana-jones-harrison-ford-cinemacon-1201750527/|Variety caught up with producer Frank Marshall, who revealed that the story will continue where Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull left off, and it won't be a prequel as previously rumored.
No one seems quite sure what Frank Marshall meant when he said Indiana Jones 5 will continue the story of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It isn't known if the new story will be directly linked to the events in that movie, if the same characters are coming back, »
Last month came the news that Lucasfilm was finally moving forward with a fifth film in the "Indiana Jones" franchise, one which Steven Spielberg will direct from a script by "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" writer David Koepp.
No further information was revealed at the time, but now producer Frank Marshall has revealed to Variety that the story will continue on from where 'Crystal Skull' left off and won't be a prequel as previously rumored. Whether it will pick up any of the threads left by the last film - Indy's marriage, Indy's son Mutt Williams, etc. is unclear.
One thing that Marshall does clearly spell out though is that you shouldn't expect anyone else to step in and take over the title role - he has little desire for a reboot: "It's all about the story. I think both in the Jason Bourne series and on Indiana Jones, »
- Garth Franklin
Producer Frank Marshall expressed excitement about getting under way in the making of the fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise, and said he can’t imagine ever having another actor replace Harrison Ford in the title role.
In a Q&A on Monday after being named CinemaCon’s producer of the decade, Marshall called it “pretty sweet” to be returning to the film series that introduced him 35 years ago to director Steven Spielberg and to his future wife, Kathleen Kennedy, now president of “Star Wars” maker Lucasfilm.
Asked by Variety senior film and media writer Brent Lang about continuing “Indiana Jones” for even more sequels, Marshall said it could happen. “It’s all about the story. I think both in the ‘Jason Bourne’ series and on ‘Indiana Jones,’ we are not going to do the Bond thing,” Marshall said, referring to rotating different actors through the title roles in »
- James Rainey
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