Art of the Movie Sequel


Daniel Cardenas, Reporter

  Nowadays many wince at the thought of cinematic sequels, and it’s not hard to see why. Taking up the form is like a flip of a coin as films have proven. For every incredible The Godfather Part II we get a less memorable Grease 2. But why is it that we are so used to the worst of movie sequels.

 Sequels are frequently pinned being “all about the money” but in reality, aren’t all films about the money? For the most part, films aren’t produced out of generosity and filmmakers don’t wait for a sequel’s production to worry about revenue. The reason sequels get a bad rap is much more than money..

When original arts are made there’s no stress of deadlines. Stories could go years bouncing around in a writer’s head, getting feedback, notes, and put through production meetings.

When a film hits, studios decide on a sequel, even if the original writer can’t or won’t work on a sequel. Leaving the studio to take up a different write with no loyalty to the original script and is really just there to come up with anything to meet a deadline.

These deadlines themselves are another huge reason for a sequel’s disappointing rating as there is less time for writing and stories get rushed. With rushed stories comes a dip in quality and good storytelling. When a writer gets years original thought but later gets months for a sequel, it’s not hard to see why sequels continue to divide fans and critics alike. And it’s this common disdain for sequels that highlight the need for more original thought and less of a time crunch for filmmakers.