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Despite profitability, Insidious 2 far from a sure thing

May. 31, 2011by: Paul Tassi
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It seems to be standard practice in Hollywood today that if a movie makes money, it gets a sequel, no questions asked.

No one should know this better than James Wan, who saw his original SAW creation spawn a film series that spanned almost a decade, with new installments being churned out on a bloody assembly line because costs were so low.

The same could be true for his newest project, INSIDIOUS, which even though it hasn't quite gotten the same mainstream fanbase as SAW, it is in fact the most profitable film of the year, bringing in close to 70 times its budget. But this time around, a sequel is NOT guaranteed as producer James Blum explains:

”There's no plan, no release date, nothing like that," says Blum. "I think James feels the same as Oren Peli, who was very sceptical about doing a sequel to Paranormal Activity until Michael Peri pitched an idea and it made sense. If Leigh comes up with a story that's inventive and that James feels is worth making - as opposed to 'let's make another movie and make money' - we would do it. And if Leigh doesn't, we won't."

I believe the rule is "just because you can, it doesn't mean you should" and it's nice to see someone at least appearing to resist cash-grabbing in Hollywood these days. Until we hear "the right idea" I suppose.

Extra Tidbit: I believe the best recent example of the "could/should" rule recently would be THE HANGOVER PART II.

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11:56AM on 05/31/2011

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That could/should rule doesn't apply to movies like, The Hangover Part 2. It's not high art. Not even close. Simply, a popcorn flick you're supposed to have fun watching. If it keeps making money, keep making more. Same reason The Simpsons is still on the air.
That could/should rule doesn't apply to movies like, The Hangover Part 2. It's not high art. Not even close. Simply, a popcorn flick you're supposed to have fun watching. If it keeps making money, keep making more. Same reason The Simpsons is still on the air.
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3:56PM on 05/31/2011
I'm not sure I want "Insidious 2: Chillin' in the Further"
I'm not sure I want "Insidious 2: Chillin' in the Further"
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12:15PM on 05/31/2011
While i do agree that not every movie out there that makes money deserves a sequel, the hate on The Hangover 2 is gonna get old really fast on here & its only been out 5 days. Everyone knew it was gonna happen & the extra tidbit on this article should not of been Hangover related & instead should of been something different.
While i do agree that not every movie out there that makes money deserves a sequel, the hate on The Hangover 2 is gonna get old really fast on here & its only been out 5 days. Everyone knew it was gonna happen & the extra tidbit on this article should not of been Hangover related & instead should of been something different.
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2:34AM on 06/01/2011
I don't believe that The Hangover Part 2 is a good example of the "could/should rule". It just wasn't a particularly good movie. There is potential for sequels, they merely failed at utilising it properly.
I don't believe that The Hangover Part 2 is a good example of the "could/should rule". It just wasn't a particularly good movie. There is potential for sequels, they merely failed at utilising it properly.
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