I’ve long detested sequels–except for Funny Lady–but these days, they virtually keep the industry afloat, and in fact all of society too, so I say bring them on.
As Stephen Schaefer writes in the Boston Herald:
“In a year that might see nearly 60 such entries, here are the 10 most-anticipated sequels for 2013:
A Good Day to Die Hard (Feb. 14). Yes, Bruce Willis returns for a fifth time as John McClane–this time the plot involves his grown son (Jai Courtney).
“Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8). Do we call this a prequel, a sequel, or a parallel Wizard of Oz story? It tells how Oz (James Franco) is transported to a wonderful world with three powerful women (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz).
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (March 29). Postponed from last year, with newly added footage, the thriller stars Sexiest Man Alive Channing Tatum and adds the White House to the action.
Iron Man 3 (May 3). Robert Downey Jr. juggles two franchises with his action hero Sherlock Holmes and this Marvel-ous superhero, who goes mano a ferro with Ben Kingsley’s evil Mandarin.
Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17). The ’60s TV series that became a ’70s, ’80s, ’90s franchise and was rebooted four years ago now returns, again, with Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock.
The Hangover Part III (May 24). Those Wolfpack guys (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) swear this is the last outing for another crazy boozy night, minus a bachelor party, much less a wedding.
Fast and Furious 6 (May 24). With the fifth installment a global smash, number six was inevitable. Start your engines.
The Wolverine (July 26). Hugh Jackman’s second howl as a solo X-Man translates as a samurai warrior encounter in Japan.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Nov. 22). Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her trusty bow and arrow face another round of hunter and hunted.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13). This holiday season’s No. 1 hit continues the latest Tolkien trilogy adventure as the 13 dwarves, Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the wizard encounter the terrible dragon Smaug.
These will also be coming your way: Evil Dead and Scary Movie 5 (both April 12), Kick-Ass 2 (June 28), Despicable Me 2 (July 3), Grown-Ups 2 (July 12), Red 2 and Smurfs 2 (both Aug. 2), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (Aug. 16), the 3-D, animated Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers (Sept. 27), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Oct. 4), Thor: The Dark World (Nov. 8), Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (Dec. 13), and Anchorman: The Legend Continues (Dec. 20).”
If Schaefer writes a sequel to his article, I’ll surely alert you.