We live in an era of Sequels. A lifestyle the Nigerian movie industry seems to be getting over but which seems to be catching on very strongly in Hollywood.
Its so alarming that even the titles and release dates for sequels to a movie get released before the first installment hits the cinema. We sure would not complain if the movies churned out are worth the Naira we spend on them but we have come to the realization that a good number of these sequels are a lazy effort on the part of film makers to milk a successful franchise dry (Taken 2 we are still eyeing you).
Recent sequel news reaching us is that Paramount has announced a possible sequel to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters by 2016. The writer/director of the initial movie Tommy Wikola, has revealed that he handed over a finished Hansel & Gretel 2 script to the executives over at Paramount – and thus, “it’s up to them now” to give the project the green-light to keep on moving forward.
While we are not so sure if this is welcome news, we sure would like to see how they go about making this work considering Jeremy Renner’s busy schedule which includes work on a couple of film projects including a follow up to 2012’s Bourne Legacy, Mission Impossible 5 and a possible role in Captain America 3 (Jeremy sure is a busy actor these days).
In more welcoming news, Elizabeth Banks has released plot details to Pitch Perfect 2, a follow-up to the 2012 break out film Pitch Perfect.
In an interview with Yahoo news, she revealed that, ”The girls are now graduating seniors. They’re coming to the end of their time as Bellas and figuring out how to sort of leave the nest and the comfort of each other’s friendship and figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.”
The most exciting news however, is that Pitch Perfect 2 will still be entrenched in the a cappella world and will include appearances from well-known a cappella groups Pentatonix, the Filharmonic, and Penn Masala who have done a great job in turning the eye of the world to the niche that is ‘a capella singing‘.
Rounding up the sequel news is that ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is going to grace our screens once again. However, this time, he won’t be employing his particular set of skills to save a kidnapped family member – he’ll be using them to clear his name, after being falsely accused of murder.
Tak3n (or for those who don’t get it, Taken 3) was scripted by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (who did part 1 & 2 by the way), will feature Oscar winner Forrest Whitaker and is thankfully the last in the series.
We hope the movie redeems itself from the mediocrity that was Taken 2 and provides quality heart wrenching scenes like the first one did. I guess we have to wait till January 9, 2015 to find out.