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Friday, January 01, 2016
The Search For More Money
The way movies work - if I am not severely oversimplifying things - is that someone gotta pay for 'em. The people what pay are Producers. As Miss Piggy put it in The Muppets Take Manhattan, "they fire Directors".
Sometimes the producers seek out a script and a director not because the movie might make profit, but because - the producers calculate - it is guaranteed profit. Usually some other movie has come out first that has reported $X million. The suckers who'd seen that first movie - more to the point, saw it more than once / bought the video - will likely see another movie like this once. Such suckers are the target for the next.
The Producers don't always play it safe with sequels as such. Silence of the Lambs was a sequel. A super-secret sequel that didn't acknowledge its predecessor. *ahem* And then you get those famous counterexamples like "Godfather 2" and "Empire Strikes Back" whose original was just so popular that the director made enough bank that he could become a producer himself.
But the producers do play it safe for knockoffs - including sequels - that get started up after the original movie's opening week, when that original movie was either just okay or else came from some other producer. So those later producers will start with a lower budget than that original did. The result will usually be pretty bad, as a result. Wishmaster 2; Starship Troopers 2. Or Starcrash. Or *ulp* Troll 2.
If we are lucky, though, the people who get that budget for The Search For More Money will rebel against their lot in life:
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