23 September 2006

"Creativity lies dead on a slab in hollywood"-Kurt A. "Mad Dog" Henning

On Wednesday (Sept. 6), MGM announced plans to expand its worldwide television distribution operation and, in the process, revealed plans to move forward on sequels to films ranging from the '80s classic "WarGames" to the underwater treasure hunting saga "Into the Blue."

In a press release, the company announced that the MGM Worldwide Television Distribution Group will handle the international television sales for "Casino Royale," Daniel Craig's first turn as James Bond movie, as well as "Rocky Balboa," Sylvester Stallone's final turn as the titular pugilist.

That part isn't interesting. What is interesting is that the release says that the Group will also launch worldwide sales campaigns for a slate of sequels.

There's "Legally Blonde 3," which MGM describes with the slug "Beauty and brains bring big laughs," but without any mention of the presumably absent Reese Witherspoon.

There's "Cutting Edge 3," billed as "the romantic drama about the quest for victory among professional ice skaters." The 1992 romantic skating comedy got made-for-TV sequel treatment earlier this year on ABC family.

Although 2005's "Into the Blue" made less than $20 million domestically, MGM seems to be giving it another go, calling "Blue 2" a "new and exciting installment based on the action thriller about aspiring treasure hunters." It's difficult to imagine either Jessica Alba or Paul Walker being involved.

While the timetable on those three movies is vague, things appear to be moving forward on "WarGames 2," a follow-up to the 1983 Matthew Broderick vehicle. The release says that shooting will begin in November in Montreal on the "thrilling story of what happens when top officials try to dismantle the famous computer." No attached talent was announced.

In addition, as has already been reported in many circles, MGM is overseeing production on "Species 4," starting in October. Frank Mancuso Jr. will executive produce.

It's unclear on whether or not any of these sequels will be theater-bound or if they'll just take the lucrative path straight to DVD.

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Fuck MGM. i just got done watching "the deep 2005" or rather "into the blue". Sure it was entertaining. Sure it had T&A. Sure, it was the same movie i have seen 50 times starring Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset. They even had a bit of an homage at the very very very end of the credits. i enjoyed it, i did. but really, why does life need sequels? Wargames 2? really? what can possibly trump simulated (though thought to be real) global thermonuclear warfare? well, i guess actual (though thought to be simulated) global thermonuclear warfare. BUT IT DOESN'T NEED A SEQUEL. it is a stand alone movie with matt and ally at their peak. when back door had no hacker or porn connotation. when modems were designed for the phones of yore. and when touchtone was a novelty. oh days of yesteryear, how we long for thee... THOUGH NOT IN THE FORM OF SHITTY SEQUELS FUCKIN MGM!

ok, legally blonde 3? who the fuck saw legally blonde 2? was there even a need for #2? no. i'm just gonna glaze over casino royale and rocky balboa... they're jokes unto themselves. having had a past in working with horses, i see no need to beat a dead one.

i guess the icing on the cake really comes with the AMAZING decisions to make "the cutting edge 3" and "species 4". now, "the cutting edge 2, going for the gold" was a straight to video flop which i'll someday rent with my blockbuster rewards for free... but not today. i know of not one single person who has seen said movie. so why would they make a third? i know not. bastards. species 4? fuck, what happened to species 2 and 3? never heard of 'em next!

all in all i think MGM is doing the lazy thing and trying to generate revenue off of lost causes and quasi patent money makers. none of this makes sense as the viewing public at large has been demanding new and fresh material for some time. the industry tries to blame piracy for their lack of revenue, when they should look inward at the dreck and pap they have been spewing. please, let me watch shitty, overly CGI'd remakes of classics. oh please oh please can i spend 10 dollars to see a re-hash of a movie i liked 20 years ago be updated in a half assed shitty way with no acknowldgement to the original. where i come from, that's plagarism. dick.

i guess what i'm trying to say is: i don't mind if a movie is formulaic. or shitty. everyone here knows my penchant for shitty movies. but, don't try to be something you're not. and don't take your movie overly serious if you're an unoriginal piece of shit working of an 80 year old script of "rasputin and the empress". MGM, Universal, Sony, MTV, Disnep* and Warner, YOU ALL SUCK! grow some balls in your mainstream studios and don't just relegate good films to your "independant" labels like DIMENSION and LION'S GATE (which by the way has been severely lacking). i say this now, because i can, sell all your stocks in MGM. the same for Sony. Sony is going to plummet in the next couple years, and MGM will be bought out again. neither are returning on their speculations and both are making decisions only the daft and mad make. so, sell em all right now, so you can afford to buy back into them when they hit $0.20/share. think i'm fucking with you? sony has a history of fuck ups. the advent of the CD and the adoption of BETA by the television industry are the only things that kept that company afloat this long. blu-ray? PS3? dumb. dumb. dumb. dumb. dumb. both, are going to be their repeat of betamax. though they may be superior technologies, unless you can bring it to the masses for cheap, you suck ass and like it. wow, way off topic. basically, the state of movies sucks these days. we all know it. so, go see beerfest or snakes on a plane. both are worth it, and neither takes itself nearly as serious as many other pieces of crap out there. /end rant. wow, i am one long winded self absorbed sonofabitch.
*Disney will always be known as Disnep to me since the cursive Y in the handwritten version of their name always looked like a P to me. hey, as a 4 year old trying to make sense of the world, Disnep worked. and it still works for me. next time you see it, try to not make the same mistake. i dare you.


Reel Fanatic said...

War Games 2? Sheesh ... I find it hard to even get mad anymore since I saw a post the other day about "McG" making a remake, not even another sequel, to "Revenge of the Nerds" .. is there nothing we can do stop these people?

Scooter said...

Hollywood is cannibalizing American culture. If you want to see something truly innovative and original, you have to view a limited release or independent film.

Reel Fanatic, there is indeed something we can do to stop these people; stop buying their crap product. If an entire season of crap bombs, and bombs big, Hollywood might become desperate enough to actually let new ideas have a chance.

Drunken Chud said...

and normally i like McG's work. fuck. reel, there is something we can do. kill them, kill them all. i am issuing a fatwa against hollywood. surely this will work.

scooter, entire years of shit have been flopping. box office takes are way down, dvd sales are down, ticket prices and budgets are up and creativity is missing. and they are wondering why sales and box are down. so instead of creating new and interesting and marketable movies they go for the safe play of a shitty rehash. and one of the biggest problems with the majority of indies out there, is they are pretentious pieces of crap with a DP that has an affinity for shoes in EVERY SHOT. oooh, how artsy of you.

Rev said...

How dare you disrespect Casino Royale. True, it's a sequel, but it's more of a Batman Begins for James Bond. And no, it's NOT a remake. The original Casino Royale was a shitty Woody Allen comedy, loosely based on the novel....there won't be as hundred characters named "James Bond" in this one.

I'm still wanting to see Rocky Balboa.

Scooter said...

Hey, if the shoe is stylish enough...

Stickler said...

Unfortuatly I work for the Mouse, So I will not be commenting except to say I love D.B. Sweeney and if they had a box set of all of his DVD's I would...Wait I already own them all!

joe said...

I think one of Hollywood's issues is the immensely quick release to DVD, then it's tattered schedule of subsequent releases of the same film, with different packaging and that one other feature...

I'm against retarded remakes, especially the Straight-to-video market, ut I am curious to know everyone's thoughts on the remake style ala The Italian Job. After al, it wasn't exactly a remake... Almost like a modern day continuation.

Then again, enough time has passed between films, unlike the entire TCW series and it's "re-birth" film(s).

joe said...

*TCM I mean... (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

Drunken Chud said...

stick, seriously, it's disnep isn't it. they just keep fucking with us making us think their name is disney, when in fact all of you are laughing at us because it's really disnep. and toepick? really? meh, i guess i can see it.

true about the dvd shit joe, but as long as people keep buying that shit, they'll keep doing it. i guess what i don't understand is why they don't just re-release a movie. it would be cheaper, would do a lot more for DVD sales of existing movies. and i think you'd have a lot more people going to see originals than the remakes themselves. even if you didn't have more, your profit margin would be higher becuase you already rcouped all your cost the first run in theaters. now, all you need to do is touch up the print, fix the audio, do nothing but those two things. look what that did for the popularity of scarface. and that wasn't even wide release. i just think there are better decisions out there. and remakes are not it. look what disney does, they make a movie, run it in theaters, put it on video, then... stop the sales of that video for a certain number of years. eventually they re-release them to theaters. granted, i don't know the last time many of them were in theaters, but i know i saw snow white and bambi in the theater. both of which are waaaaay older than i.

LiSh said...

but if there was a chud 2?

dear god, someone take the inkamahol away from me!

Drunken Chud said...

there was a chud 2: bud the chud. never saw it. should though.

Steph said...

sequels are very rarely any good, with the exception of the Back to the future and Harry Potter movies. ;)

Drunken Chud said...

steph, and termintor, godfather and clerks 2. all 3 stellar sequels. all others? pap and dreck.

Scooter said...

Terminator 3 wasn't all that good...

So... I'm 26, bitches. What'd you get me?

Drunken Chud said...

i got you "this amazing toaster oven!"

Stickler said...

Happy birthday scooter, It was my birthday this weekend as well.

Chud, Yes Disney owns all, it is true. I just wish they didn't make it mandatory for us to wear the mouse ears to work!

As for sequels that are awsome...ghostbusters 2!

Scooter said...

Crack that whip
Give the past the slip
Step on a crack
Break your momma's back

When a problem comes along
You must whip it
Before the cream sits out too long
You must whip it
When something's going wrong
You must whip it

now whip it
into shape
shape it up
get straight
go forward
move ahead
try to detect it
it's not too late
to whip it
whip it good

When a good time turns around
You must whip it
You will never live it down
Unless you whip it
No one gets their way
Until they whip it

I say whip it
Whip it good