The strange trend of Geriatric Movie Sequels
By Ryan Bogner (Producer, Wingnut)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (who I feel compelled to point out, up until recently was in charge of the 7th largest economy in the world), was recently quoted in this article as saying thus:
"I would love to do another 'Twins... "As a matter of fact, we’ve been talking about doing one and it’s called 'Triplets.' I’d find somebody like Eddie Murphy or someone that people would say, 'How does that happen, medically speaking?' and, 'Physically, there’s no way!' Then, somehow, we would explain it. That would be hilarious with what we know about someone like him."
Yes. Hilarious was the first word that I thought of too, Governer, but probably not in the same way you meant it.
In all seriousness though there is starting to be a trend in hollywood that is attempting to cash in by creating or revisiting franchises from the 80s while the orginal stars still are alive and have their mobility.
Stallone did it with Rocky Balboa... Lucas and Spielberg did it with Indiana Jones...and have both been quoted as saying they want to do another one and with Harrison Ford donning the fedora again.
There's also been talk making a third Ghostbusters flick with the original cast, but Bill Murray isn't sure he wants to do it. This is probably ok since Dan Akroyd is basically two ghostbusters now.
I understand why these aging baby boomer actors want to recapture the glory days of their careers and why they want to give fans more of what they want. And I certainly understand the desire of the Studios to get more mileage out of their properties.
But the thing is that we fans don't really want to see the characters we grew up with as older men, we want to remember them as the timeless heroes that they were in the great movies they were in.
We think we want another Indiana Jones movie, but what we really want is to go back in time to 1989 and beg Spielberg and Lucas to make the fourth one right after the third. We want a 1992 Indiana Jones 4. And since we can't have that, its probably best to leave well enough alone.
RYAN BOGNER is a New York based Theater Producer. He has produced Yeast Nation, Hurricane, Hater and Hey, You Know What Movie Would Make a Good Musical? among others, and is working towards an MFA in Theater Management and Producing at Columbia University. www.heyyouknowwhatproductions.com