Hollywood readies season of sequels

MUMBAI: It‘s raining sequels in Hollywood. For the period from May to September, 27 sequels, prequels and close relatives will be released.

The month of May saw one of the most famous sequels which made a very impressive box office collection. Hangover Part II and Pirates of the Caribbean smashed all records.

While there are many second or third sequels, upcoming ones are Cars 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the eighth and final installment of the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World.

Makers at Hollywood do not like to take many risks; so, if there are sequels, it is not because of their lack of ideas, it is just being cautious to keep the fan base consistent. The well established characters have made a place for themselves in the minds of the audience, this works in the favour of filmmakers.

Hollywood has always been known for chasing trends. Although there are some sequels that don‘t do well, sequels are easy target; sometimes, they turn out to be really good. Most of the times, sequels are not made to maintain continuity but because the original one did well.

It takes a lot of time to captivate the minds of the audience. So, if a particular story has established itself, a sequel to it makes the job less risky.

In Hollywood, summers and sequels go hand-in-Hand. Next year, there is more to look forward to. The Third sequels of ‘Men in Black‘, ‘Madagascar‘, ‘Superman‘ and ‘Spider-man‘ are slated to release.

As they say, the season of sequels refuses to take a break in Hollywood.

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