Four years ago, movie industry reporters and insiders proclaimed that after a year of movie sequels, the future film slates from the major studios would be sequel-light.  If the intervening years were intended as a unique opportunity to showcase new ideas and the ingenuity of the creative energy at the studios, then Hollywood is in trouble.


Between April and September of 2011 eighteen sequels, re-issues, remakes and re-boots were released.  That number does not include popular sequels released at year’s end during the lucrative holiday season: “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, “Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol” and “The Muppets”.


Arthur (2011)

Scream 4

Fast Five

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

The Hangover Part II

Kung Fu Panda 2

X-Men: First Class

Cars 2

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Final Destination 5

Conan the Barbarian (2011)

Fright Night (2011)

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

The Lion King 3-D

Straw Dogs (2011)

In ‘2012 Hollywood’s obsession with movies based on other movies will continue.



Titanic 3-D

Scary Movie 5

The Avengers (2012)

Men In Black 3-D

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

The Amazing Spider-Man

Ice Age: Continental Drift 3-D

The Dark Knight Rises

Step Up 4

The Bourne Legacy

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

Total Recall (2012)

Sparkle (2012)

The Expendables 2

Finding Nemo 3-D

Resident Evil 5

Savages (2012)


How long will movie goers be willing to watch the same six or seven movies over and over

again, year after year?