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Sequel Saturday: Final Resident Evil Plot Revealed, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

19 Sep


The official synopsis was just released for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth (!!!) live-action film in the series based off the popular Capcom video games. Out of all the flicks based on games, Resident Evil has been the only one with staying power. The zombie-slaying saga has been around for over a decade at this point.


Sequel Saturday: Back to Back to the Future, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

12 Sep


iTunes Movie Trailers just premiered the trailer for Back in Time, an upcoming documentary on the Back to the Future trilogy featuring brand new interviews with the cast and crew coming to theaters October 21st, 2015. Let’s take a look back at this classic trilogy with a trio of capsule reviews.


Sequel Saturday: 2015 Summer Sequel Smashes

5 Sep


The Hollywood Reporter made a fun infographic showing the top worldwide grossing flicks of the summer. Some of the results are surprising. Domestic flops performed rather well overseas. Other grosses are surprisingly soft for a Top 20 list. Let’s look at some of the other more interesting ones. All box office gross data is based on figures from Box Office Mojo

Jurassic World: The fourth flick in the Jurassic Park series grossed over $1.6 billion dollars. Guess we’ll be getting sequels. Let’s hope they don’t screw the dino as hard as The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III did.


Sequel Saturday: Fall Into Sequels For 2015, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

30 Aug


August is nearing an end. Fall is about to begin followed by the earliest tinges of winter. Sounds like a perfect time to grab a cup of your favorite tea (Russian Caravan is a personal favorite) and take a look at the upcoming sequels of interest waiting for us the rest of the year.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – The original Maze Runner was a surprise hit in the burgeoning genre of post-apocalyptic young adult dramas with muted violence, coquettish romance, and anti-establishmentarianism. Can this duology sprint its way into a full-fledged franchise? I’m mildly curious to check out the first after enjoying similar genre fare Divergent more than I care to admit.


Sequel Saturday: Double Dose of Alien Sequels, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

23 Aug


Bloody Disgusting reports that Ridley Scott’s Prometheus 2 might come out before Neill Blomkamp’s new Alien film. I’m more excited about the latter than the former. It has been over 15 years (!!) since Sigourney Weaver has reprised her role as Ellen Ripley in an Alien live-action film. I’m not sure if people are terribly excited about the further adventures of an asshole robot head in a duffel bag.


Sequel Saturday: The Fantastic Fail, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

8 Aug


This weekend Fantastic Four, Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) stab at Marvel’s foursome family, comes out in theaters. 20th Century Fox still has the rights to two Marvel properties- the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. X-Men has paid off in dividends with over half a dozen theatrical follow-ups. The Fantastic Four has only resulted in a duology of live-action films that promised a third which was never made.


Sequel Saturday: Spider-Man! Spider-Man! Does Whatever A Reboot Can!, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

1 Aug


Sony’s attempts at freshening up their venerable Spider-Man franchise has had a violent series of ups and downs after the disappointing grosses from 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After a bevy of rumors revolving around Aunt May and Sinister Six spin-offs, Sony came to a deal to co-produce a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise with Marvel Studios. As part of the deal, Marvel Studios gets to use Spider-Man in their Phase 3 films, including Captain America: Civil War.


Sequel Saturday: Is It Worth It?, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

18 Jul


The Hollywood Reporter claims the feature film duology based on Stephen King’s scary clown book It has found a new director in Andy Muschietti (Mama). Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) was originally attached to direct but left over creative differences.

The novel It is over 1,000 pages. There are several characters, amusing anecdotes, and a gigantic scope to the whole thing. The TV miniseries from 1990 barely scratched the surface; one wonders how two feature films could fare much better at adapting the massive story. Most remember the miniseries for Tim Curry’s (Home Alone 2: Lost in New York) fiendish performance as Pennywise the cackling clown. Balloons and storm drains were never looked at the same way again.


Sequel Saturday: The Spy Who Sang To Me, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

11 Jul


Playbill reports that James Bond: The Musical is in the works for a late 2017 or early 2018 opening on Broadway or Las Vegas. Little is known about the project other than it features an original Bond girl. James Bond has been in a lot of media over the years- the original Ian Fleming novels, the films, radio plays, an animated series, comic books, and video games. Why not a musical?


Sequel Saturday: Despicable Minions, by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi

4 Jul


Once in a while, an animated feature film has a sidekick character so endearing it gets its own spin-off. Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots character from Shrek 2 got his own feature in 2011. In a similar fashion, the Despicable Me duology is getting a spinoff with Minions, coming out next weekend in the United States. The tie-ins are galore. Any time I’ve seen a preview for Minions, adult and children alike chortle. My eyes just roll to the back of my head. Minions is sure to make millions.