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Like The Cabin in the Woods, Freddy vs. Jason was an amazing meta experience which combined the two titanic terror franchises into one big creepshow cavalcade. It was a joy for novices as well as those in the know. So naturally, the producers started looking for a viable third party to throw into the mix, and the answer came in the form of Bruce Campbell’s bumbling, blood soaked Evil Dead hero. Problems arose, however, when Sam Raimi asked for a more active role in pre-production. Then the web reacted unkindly to the idea. Eventually, it was scrapped, though some faithful remain vigilant that it can and could happen.
With its self-contained story and collection of colorful characters, many hoped that director Robert Zemeckis would be able to find a way back into the world of Roger, Jessica, and all their pen and ink pals. The proposed follow-up, however, was too weird for even the most experimental filmmaker to fathom. The story had our friendly Toons heading off to Europe to fight in World War II. That’s right, Baby Herman, Mickey, Bugs, and the rest of the merry maniacs would battle Nazis to save the free world. About the only thing more bizarre was/is the proposed fourth Jurassic Park installment, which offers a species of super-smart dinosaurs, armed with weapons, that fight as mercenaries. Huh?
What 300 did for the sword and sandal film, the first Sin City did for hardboiled detective noir. Interweaving three amazing stories and using a wholly digital greensreen production dynamic, the result was an astonishing bit of directing bravado. Since then, however, Robert Rodriguez has put the potential sequel (trilogy, actually) on hold. We’ve heard rumors of Johnny Depp’s involvement, the return of favorite characters, and hints at something truly extraordinary. Of course, like any planned path, there have been pitfalls. Granted, the first film was more of a critical hit than a commercial juggernaut, but recently they’ve announced a possible release date (October 2013). Here’s hoping.
Before he went batship and decided that he really WAS the next Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan followed up his smash hit The Sixth Sense with an amazing film about what it would be life if comic book characters, both good and bad, existed in the real world. Not as some colorful cartoon caricature of same, but as real, living, breathing, recognizable people. Bruce Willis was the hero, a man who was somehow blessed with invincibility. Samuel L. Jackson, a person whose bones are so brittle that they consistently break, became his nemesis. Thus we had a set-up for a great series. Sadly, it never happened.
Few films have the audacity to announce their sequel intentions untried. Yet that’s exactly what happened when this creative cult fave (focusing on a neurosurgeon, particle physicist, race car driver, rock star and comic book hero and his various battles) declared that audiences be aware of the next installment in the Banzai franchise. That was 28 years ago. Since then, there have been rumors and proposed TV pilots, attempted cast reunions, and other narrative related re-imaginings But what fans really want is a return of their enigmatic icon, his trustworthy Hong Kong Cavaliers, and the Blue Blaze Irregulars who are there to help.
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