filmbytes: there’s no place like franchises





Shrek Forever After, which opened at the top of the box office heap, promises to be the “final chapter” of the green ogre’s adventures. You shouldn’t really believe it since since all blockbuster franchises are eternal. Why would Hollywood ever close down their top money-making factories? Still it does seem like a lot of things have been ending recently: Lost, Lindsay Lohan‘s career (again), Melissa Etheridge‘s marriage, Simon Cowell on American IdolDaniel Craig as James Bond.



This last one isn’t a sure thing and there’s never quite any definitive news about it but we worry. MGM owns the Bond franchise and they’ve been in hella legal / financial turmoil lately. I fear we’ll never get a third go of Craig, Daniel Craig as “Bond, James Bond.” But again, there’s no use saying “goodbye” in the movies. Nothing successful ever ends in Hollywood. It just changes forms a bit. Hollywood revives all success stories whether you’re talking horror films, superheroes or 71 year-old classics (there’s a ton of Wizard of Oz movies arriving before that films 75th anniversary). I bet they’ll even announce plans to remake The Lord of the Rings trilogy in 2020! They redo everything. Or at least they try to. Nobody seems all that crazy about the new Robin Hood, do they?






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