Today it was announced by Miramax and The Weinstein Company that they are going to move forward with producing sequels to some of their biggest and most popular films. 

Rounders was a great movie because of Matt Damon and Edward Norton.  The movie could benefit from a a sequel, but I would only want to see it if both Damon and Norton were involved. 

The other films on the list seem puzzling to me and they are Bad Santa and Shakespeare in Love.  Santa was a solid dark comedy and one of Thornton’s better comedic works, but Shakespeare in Love???? Regardless of my thoughts these are the three top films that the studios will move forward on.
The following films are listed as in the pipeline, but it is not know if they will be feature films or go straight to DVD/Blu-ray. On the list is Bridget Jones’s Diary which I thought one sequel was enough! The police drama Copland, Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn, which already had a direct-to-video prequel and sequel, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau‘s classic film SwingersKevin Smith‘s Clerks, which also had a sequel, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror, previously remade by MGM.

Copland seemed like it ended things nicely with the first film and there is no clear direction I can see the film going in a sequel. If the original stars are not involved then there is no point in remaking Swingers or Clerks without the original people involved. It is obvious that Miramax and The Weinstein Company are on the hunt for some quick easy cash, but if the film is crap I sure as hell would not pay my money to see them. 

The two companies are already working on the upcoming Scream 4 being released on April 15th, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World being released August 19th, as well as a Scary Movie 5? 

Miramax will also be handling “digital distribution” on a number of sequel projects, while the two companies will work together to develop new materials for special edition Blu-ray releases of some of the movies mentioned above.

Here are a few comments from the people involved with these sequels below.

Miramax and TWC Founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein:

“We are very close to these films and the new management of Miramax also feels that we are in the best position to create sequels that are at once worthy and compelling in their own right. We look forward to working with Mike and his team on getting these films into production as soon as possible, and extending our partnership in the years ahead.”

Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax:

“We are thrilled and honored to work with Harvey and Bob Weinstein. There is no better partner to build on these great films and turn them into franchises, while also creating exciting new TV properties. This agreement will extend the Miramax library while also enabling us to create new content without committing near-term capital.”

TWC COO David Glasser:

“This is the perfect addition to our ongoing slate, giving us the ability to work on already existing franchises that have had such lucrative success at the box office, as well as a great starting ground to our newfound relationship. We clearly believe it will be mutually beneficial for both companies.”

What are your thoughts about all these sequels in the works?

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