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Sequels to Clerks, Rounders, Swingers, Bad Santa, Among Others

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 16, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 16, 2010 |

A while back, the Weinstein Brothers — who used to own Miramax — made a bid to repurchase it from Disney, but ultimately lost out in that bid. However, Miramax has now brought in the Brothers Weinstein into a long-term partnership developed so that the two companies can produce sequels to a few movies for which the Weinsteins were originally responsible. A slate of potential sequels was released that includes Rounders, Clerks III, Bad Santa, Copland, Shall We Dance, The Amityville Horror, From Dusk til Dawn and Swingers. Most shocking: Shakespeare in Love.

But before you get your drawers in a bunch (and I think we’ve probably moved past the point of being aghast at sequels or reboots to any movie), keep in mind that this is all very preliminary. Check your outrage. There are some very creative people in Hollywood (and by creative, I mean “spiritually bankrupt”), but I can’t imagine many, if any, of these projects will ever see a movie screen (save for, perhaps, Bad Santa and Clerks). You’ll never get the original casts back — is Gwyneth going to cross-dress again? Will Jon Favreau drop The Magic Kingdom to do Swingers? Will Matty Damon really come back for Rounders? — and to be honest, save for Shakespeare, none of these movies were particularly big hits in the first place. They all made something in the $30 to $40 million range, or what the original actors would command to return.

Maybe they use a new casts, which would only decrease the box-office prospects. But, really, how could any of these sequels make a profit? It’s not as though the originals command a huge audience in the new generation? And without a profit motive, there’s little reason to think any of the movies will be made. Studio henchman may be soulless, but they’re also rich. And they’d like to stay that way. Making sequels to most of the above movies is not a clever means for remaining so.

But then again …

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