Miramax And Weinsteins Planning Sequels To ‘Bad Santa’, ‘Shakespeare In Love’ & More

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Miramax plans multiple sequels Miramax And Weinsteins Planning Sequels To Bad Santa, Shakespeare In Love & More

Tom Cruise’s foul-mouthed, hip-hop dancing alter-ego Les Grossman from Tropic Thunder is generally acknowledged to be a harsh caricature of Harvey Weinstein. The latest move by Mr. Weinstein and his sibling, Bob, is unlikely to convince many people that both men aren’t as bottom-line obsessed as Cruise’s fictional creation.

The Weinsteins are teaming up with Miramax and have officially announced their intention to produce sequels to a number of popular titles, including the dark comedy Bad Santa; Best Picture Oscar-winner Shakespeare in Love; the Vince Vaughn/Jon Favreau teamup, Swingers; and more than half a dozen additional films.

Miramax already has a couple of franchise reboots on the way in the form of Robert Rodriguez’ Spy Kids 4 and Wes Craven’s Scream 4, but most of these newly-announced sequels will likely feel like reboots more than anything – especially since most of the original cast members are unlikely to return, having moved on to bigger and better projects. Encouraging said performers back will be tricky since most of the films that the Weinstein’s intend to sequel weren’t successful during their theatrical run and have failed to garner a cult following in the years since.

Talk of a Bad Santa sequel has been ongoing for a while now, but now it seems that movies like the Matt Damon/Edward Norton gambling flick Rounders, the Americanized remake of Shall We Dance?, or even the 1997 Sylvester Stallone crime drama, Copland, could be getting their own followups. If none of these titles ring a bell, don’t worry – you’re definitely not the only one confused.

As for the sequels to pics like Shakespeare in Love and Swingers or the Weinstein’s plans to release a Clerks 3… it’s all kind of mind-boggling. None of these films really begged for a followup and a sequel doesn’t even make sense in most of these cases. But of course, when has that stopped Hollywood?

Rounders movie image Miramax And Weinsteins Planning Sequels To Bad Santa, Shakespeare In Love & More

Edward Norton and Matt Damon react to news concerning a 'Rounders' sequel.

Unnecessary sequels are nothing new in showbiz and they sometimes take several decades just to make it into theaters. Flicks like Indiana Jones 4 or TRON: Legacy took a long time to finally come together and – from a financial point of view – it makes sense that neither of those titles or  a project like Ghostbusters 3 perished in development limbo long ago. It is, however, a big stretch to say the same holds true for most of the followups that Miramax and the Weinsteins have in mind.

A lot of these sequels will be direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray releases, but still – is there any sense in making most of these in the first place?

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  1. can you say “reeks of desperation” on the studios part..

  2. LOVED ‘Bad Santa’, but I’m not sure about a seqeuel. I’m not even gonna bother with anymore ‘From Dusk ‘Til Dawn’ crap features.

    • I wouldn’t mind seeing another Bad Santa IF BBT were to be in it.

      • Yeah, I have no interest if Thornton gets replaced.

        • As long as Lauren Graham is in it, I´ll watch it.

  3. I got Badder Santa on dvd. But even if Billy Bob Thorton was in it, not sure if a sequel is needed. Especially if it turns out to be a straight- to-dvd sequel which there hasn’t been many i liked.

  4. I loved Swingers, been a Favs fan ever since I saw that. Not sure how I feel about a sequel though … DEF not if they don’t have any of the original cast members back, that would just be terrible

  5. Rounders would be an interesting sequel to see … again only if they got some of the original cast back. Would definitely be great to see John Malkovich back as Teddy KGB, one of his best roles.

    • Agreed. Malkovich totally ROCKED as KGB! They’d need to get as many back as possible; but it definitely needs BOTH Damon and Norton.

  6. This is just plain stupid on the Studios part, like many have said the likely hood these would be done with any respect for the original source material is highly unlikely. Miramax kick kevin Smith in the ass and have him come up with a new creation with new characters but same good humor. Have Ben and Matt write a new oscar winning movie for you , but please leave the old stuff where it is, please

  7. should be interstin

  8. I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY hope CLERKS 3 never sees the light of day!!!

    The ending of Clerks 2 was the perfect full circle ending for those characters. Their story’s been told (and told well!). Nowhere for that franchise to go but down!

  9. It’s beyond desperation, it’s also pathetic. The Weinsteins and Miramax need to pull their heads out of their backsides. What is it with the current crop of Hollywood execs.. they’ve had their hats handed to them by audiences, they’ve been shown that their bright ideas aren’t so bright. They need to take a leaf out of the book of Hollywood’s past. Make great entertainment, which in case they need a lead weight of a hint dropped on them, doesn’t include excessive sex, violence, sexualization of children, mocking Christianity, anti-Americanism, and all other tricks in the PC crowd’s grab bag.

    Dump your high ticket, big name directors, and actors, fire all your nephews, nieces, sons, daughters, spouses, mistresses, boy toys that comprise the frivolous, costly multi layers of studio management. Bring back some of the common sense practices of the old studio system, and do what Hollywood did during the great depression. Contract talented (not leftist) writers, contract actors and actresses, and proven, but not big name directors. Stop thinking in terms of blockbusters and billions, lower your costs, and lower the cost of movie tickets too. Oh, and can the targeting razer thin demographics as well.. that practice has proven to be a big loser. People used to love going to see a film that entertained across all the age brackets.

    We want to take our families to see films, and you can tell an entertaining story, one that captures our attention, without excesses of anything obscene. Otherwise it’s simply over for Hollywood.

  10. With few exceptions (Godfather Part II comes to mind), sequels and remakes mean you are out of ideas.

    • Jones,

      I kind of agree, but what really means is that they’re lazy and looking for a “sure thing” for a return on their investment.

      Vic

  11. a sequel to rounders and cop land will be great.

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