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webslinky: film sequels
This week, keeping up with the jonesesYou know what the film industry needs? More sequels, thatís what. After all, why spend years developing a new concept when you can just rehash an old one: bring the baddie back from the dead, invent an evil twin Ė you know, something along those lines. With a concept so simple, what could go wrong? Well, how about telling the fans that their beloved series Ė say, James Bond - is going to be taken in a whole new direction? Gulp.
Craig Not Bond is the rabid, confused result of what happens when a 40-year-old franchise decides to get with the times and reinvent itself. Rather than giving an open-armed welcome to the end of stupid gadgets and invisible cars (bloody invisible cars, for the love of God!), the site flicks Casino Royale a middle finger and encourages cinema goers to boycott the movie. Itís full of outrage about the Ďunfair dismissal of Pierce Brosnaní, digs at the production team and photos of Daniel Craig with big red crosses drawn through them. Itís the work of a genius so twisted, I wouldnít be surprised if he/she updates the site from their volcano lair while stroking an angora cat.
Rumours confirming that a new Indiana Jones film is almost, nearly, certainly just around the corner have been picking up over the past few weeks. Most of these stories can be found (or were perhaps created by) The Indy Experience. There youíll find a wealth of optimistic news that can be summed up as saying Ďany minute now!í over and over again. The title of the fourth Indy film has yet to be announced, but Iím backing a leaked script that reveals it to be Indiana Jones and the Saucer Men From Mars (I kid you not).
Recently there have been a number of re-cut film trailers released on the Web that take well known movies in a totally different direction by using the wizardry of editing. Most have been inspired by a certain gay cowboy flick (such as Star Wars: the Empire Brokeback and Brokeback to the Future) but none are quite as accomplished as this superb Sleepless in Seattle Horror Re-cut. Itís a handy lesson in showing that what you see isnít necessarily what you get - and that you can sell any old twaddle so long as thereís already an audience for it. Star Wars Seven, anyone?
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comment by rckallen Mar 9, 2006I wish the BBC would stop linking to that Daniel Craig website. Annoys me that some shortsighted and unimaginative nerds claim to represent all "Bond Fans" and are so negative about what looks like a pretty exciting film.
Worst sequels? Highlander 2 and 3, because through their plot they actually manage to change what's going on in the original film.
comment by starmie Mar 2, 2006The Return Of The Webslinky. What a disaster. Who though that was a good idea?
Expecting more from The Webslinky Strikes Back
comment by Jody Mar 2, 2006Hello you lot. This week is my first time back writing webslinky in yonks, so I thought I'd start a debate.
What sequels hold a place dear in your heart and which do you think deserve to be tipped into a landfill site?
youtube: empire brokeback
youtube: brokeback to the future
tomatopatch: sleepless in seattle
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