My cousin was recently visiting Los Angeles, and asked me why all the Hollywood movies this summer are trilogies. I gave her my best guess, namely, that Hollywood is run by risk-averse executives with no creativity who aren’t willing to bet the company dime on a spec screenplay.
There was once a time when young screenwriters could make good money shopping fresh stories to Hollywood. Now, ideas are only developed in house once established talent is attached, and the majority of films are based on proven properties like comic books and novels. It’s a sad state of affairs when a trainwreck like Spiderman 3 can break box office records.
Big releases for Summer 2007:
28 Weeks Later
Shrek the Third
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Hostel: Part II
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Indiana Jones 4
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army
Jurassic Park 4
Rush Hour 3
The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Is it just me or are they all sequels, trilogies, or quadruplets?
Note: TechCrunch reports Hollywood is making a sequel to Wall Street. If there’s one thing Hollywood knows nothing about, it’s Wall Street. Please don’t screw up this gem, Hollywood!
Also Note:If anyone is less lazy than me, please use this list to update Wikipedia’s List of Movie Trilogies.