Anyone who thinks the sequel boom is ending soon best hide under a rock for another decade or two.
Jim Carrey, whose upcoming family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguins could go either way, has dropped word of Bruce Almighty and Dumb and Dumber sequels (both spin-offs, the disappointing Evan Almighty and Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd were made sans Carrey). Would audiences return if Carrey were in them? It depends on how well they turn out.
And now Harvey Weinstein says of Matt Damon poker movie Rounders: “I never make sequels but it’s something I’d like to revisit.” This one begs credulity, because thirteen years ago the John Dahl movie was a box office dud that only grossed $23 million in theaters. But DVD sales were strong enough to suggest that audiences might want more. Both Damon and Edward Norton are bigger stars now, and poker is more popular than ever. (Many lost at the poker table betting like the guys in that movie.)
The Weinsteins and Miramax’ new owners of the Weinsteins’ old library may also partner on sequels for Bad Santa , Shakespeare in Love and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Scripter Brian Koppelman told ThePlaylist: “We’ve talked a lot about doing ‘Rounders 2’ when we were making ‘Ocean’s 13’ and we were working with Matt [Damon] again. We talked about it a lot and Edward [Norton] came by and we had meetings and we called John Dahl, and he’s in to do the sequel. It’s just a question of when we’re going to do it, when we have the exact angle in.”
In his review of Rounders, Peter Travers said of Damon, “This kid still has surprises up his sleeve.” Does he still?