When I was young and a new hit film came out, we would joke about titles for possible sequels, trying to come up with the most incongruous ones, resulting in things such as “The Ten Commandments Rides Again” or “The Son of the Magnificent Seven”. We found these were amusing because sequels were relatively rare.
Nowadays any film that has reasonable commercial success is almost guaranteed a sequel and often many sequels and spin-offs so that it has ceased to be unusual. But I was still taken aback at the news that the Disney studies were planning ten (yes, ten!) new films each in the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, which have already had so many films that I did not even bother to look up the number.
And that is not all. There are also multiple sequels planned for the Indiana Jones, Avatar, and Candyman franchises (the last of which I’d never even heard of before). The very fact that we now refer to these as ‘franchises’ reflect the cookie-cutter nature of these films.
Star Wars veteran Harrison Ford, 78, will return as Indiana Jones for a fifth and final instalment in the series, to be directed by Logan’s James Mangold. Meanwhile Zac Efron will star in a Disney+ reboot of childcare romp Three Men and a Baby.
I am not a fan of any of these franchises, having seen just a small number (and none of the Indiana Janes ones) and likely will not watch any of these new films, unless I hear something really extraordinary about them. But I was curious if any reader who does love these franchises is excited by what would appear to be a surfeit of riches. How much of a Star Wars diet can you take? Doesn’t it get kind of stale?