Sequels and Prequels, Remakes and Reboots
This is a blog I should’ve done weeks ago. But it’s a topic I’d not really thought about until the news of the premiere in London of the latest (last!) Harry Potter film.
Summer is the time for the blockbusters. Those films that we flock to see because they absolutely must be seen on a big screen. Even bigger than the screens we have at home. (And some of us have ginormous TVs.) Whether it’s an event picture like the Harry Potter franchise or a Transformers special effects extravaganza, we want to be in that auditorium, sitting in the dark and munching on popcorn and losing ourselves in the action and emotion of a bigger-than-life movie.
And what worked last summer or the summer before can surely work again, right? So we get sequels. Occasionally, we’ll get prequels, too, giving us more of the back story of our favorite movies or characters. Hollywood will also try remakes of past successful movies and even “reboots” of popular franchises that seem to have played out with the original formula or cast.
Of course this summer is no exception. In fact, many past hits had sequels and remakes debut in the spring and are still playing in theaters. And some are destined for fall or winter release. So in case you want to catch up with your favorites before heading to the theater – or even after – here are some films that were good enough to make again.
Movies with Sequels Coming Out or Recently Released
- Harry Potter The Hangover
- Pirates of the Caribbean Transformers
- Cars Kung Fu Panda
- Final Destination Johnny English
- Twilight Happy Feet
- Sherlock Holmes Alvin & the Chipmunks
- Mission: Impossible
Movies with Prequels
Movies with Remakes
- The Three Musketeers Footloose
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Conan the Barbarian
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Arthur
Movies with Reboots
Which movies are you most looking forward to? For me, it's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. And after that, Cars 2.