Thursday, July 29, 2004

Sequel 2: the sequel

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid is a sequel. A sequel to Anaconda.

You may not remember Anaconda. It was a mildly successful 1997 film starring a young J-Lo and Owen Wilson.
Owen Wilson was so new to movie audiences in 1997 he was billed AFTER Eric Stoltz.

You may not remember Eric Stoltz. If so, consider yourself blessed.

Since it has been so long since the original, most of the film's core demographic has grown OUT of the demographic.

So they call the film Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, that way fans of the original will go and see it, and people that have never heard of that film may still go to this one.

It is a pretty common practice today.

The Whole Ten Yards, is a sequel to The Whole Nine Yards a film with an ALL STAR cast (or at least a 1980's American league All Star cast).

Nonetheless, it was not a HUGE hit. Still, they made a sequel. They rarely mentioned that it was a sequel in the advertisements. Heck, they didn't even put the first names of the two stars on the poster, hoping that fans of Refrigerator Perry and Gary Coleman might mistakenly buy a ticket. Still, the fans never showed and the film ended up making just $16 million dollars. That may sound like a lot, but remember Refrigerator Perry and Gary Coleman WERE NOT IN THIS FILM. Instead, this was a film that starred REAL movie stars.

Perhaps it was the lack of a number '2' in the title that kept the crowd away. Legally Blonde 2 proudly wore it's '2' and I am pretty sure Refrigerator Perry and Gary Coleman were not in that film either.

The Bourne Supremecy chose to keep the '2' out of it's title, too. Instead they just replaced the word 'identity' with a word that rhymes with it. This does, however, limit the sequel names.

After they make:
The Bourne Clemency
The Bourne Chemistry
The Bourne Theocracy
The Bourne Lemon Tree

they will HAVE to retire the franchise.

Had they stuck with the NUMBER system there is no END to the number of sequels they could make.

This whole wacky sequel thing has been going on forever, but the latest wave of silly sequel titles can be traced back to Teen Wolf.

See, when it came time to make a sequel, rather than go with the number 2, they spelled it out. But, they spelled it 'too.'

See! He was ALSO a Teen Wolf.

Why didn't anyone else think of this?

Godfather Too he is ALSO a Godfather! And it lightens the mood, the number is much more somber! Why are there no more part 'too' films?

Who knows. Still, there are plenty of wacky titles that came around after Justin Bateman sprouted fur in the moonlight.

Since then we have been deluged with them:

Men In Black 2 became MIIB
Analyze This 2 became Analyze That
Independence Day (which wasn't EVEN a sequel) became ID4

Yes, it looks like wacky sequel titles are here to stay.
Movie Marathons
Baby Genius 2

Do you have a favorite sequel?


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