I’ve always felt that really good prequels should be original movies. And the sequels to those prequels should not be the movie which already exists because, with all due respect to anyone who makes a prequel, but why would you ruin the greatest twist in the history of cinema, “Luke, I am your father”, by showing me three movies which basically spoil that surprise. You can do movies which take place before Star Wars, but I don’t need to see the story of the Skywalker clan. Show me something else which I can’t guess the possible outcome of. There is no suspense in inevitability. So a true prequel should essentially proceed the events of the original film, but be about something entirely different, feature different characters , have an entirely different theme, although it takes place in that same world. That was my fundamental feeling about what this movie wanted to be.
What, you ask, is a preboot? Let EW’s Darren Franich explain:
preboot (noun, origin unknown unless someone is stupid enough to claim it): Like the common prequel, the preboot takes place chronologically earlier than previous films in a series. But unlike a prequel, the preboot is not intended to lead directly into those earlier films. Instead, a preboot purports to restart a franchise in an entirely new direction.
Read on to learn how X-Men: First Class, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Fast & Furious exemplify this new phenomenon. Do you think films like these are a good idea or a bad idea?
It would certainly make sense, considering the outcome of the original…
The idea is that we’d see Mike and Sulley during their tenure at the University of Fear, where they start off as enemies and then become friends. The source is a French site, Disney Plaza Central, with some follow-up by Animatie. The real source for this info seems to be a theater catalog distributed by Disney, which has info on upcoming films in 2011/2012. We don’t know more details — the core creative team hasn’t even been confirmed at this point. So we don’t know if director Peter Docter will return to direct once more. All we do know is Disney’s announced release date of November 16, 2012. Treat everything else as unconfirmed info at best, and rumor at worst, for the time being.
USA has given a formal green light to the Burn Notice movie prequel starring Bruce Campbell, which will be directed by Burn Notice star Jeffrey Donovan. The two will also executive produce with Burn Notice creator Matt Nix, who wrote the movie, and the series exec producer Mikkel Bondesen. The untitled two-hour film, which was announced at this year’s Comic-Con, will begin shooting in January on location in Bogota, Colombia for a premiere in Spring 2011. Burn Notice, which remains the top-rated scripted series on basic cable, has wrapped production on Season 4, and filming on Season 5 is slated to begin shortly after the movie finishes shooting.
NBC’s Community will debut a “Twittersode” just prior to the comedy’s Sept. 23 return. Over the course of 80 tweets (starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT Thursday), the characters will communicate back and forth in what’s described as a “prequel” scene to their return to Greendale Community College as sophomores. They’ll make arrangements for their first meet-up of the year, as well as preparations for their first class, Anthropology 101 (taught by guest star Betty White).
You can watch the Twittersode unfold on www.NBC.COM/CommunityTwittersode, or, of course, in your Twitter feed, if you follow the individual characters. (Here’s that excuse you’ve been needing to check out @AnniesB00bs. Full list of the characters’ official Twitter accounts below.)
Damon Lindelof has taken his first big solo screenwriting job since concluding the ABC series Lost. I’m been told that he closed a deal to do rewrite work on 20th Century Fox’s Alien prequel, which the studio hopes Ridley Scott will direct as his next assignment. In a development as vexing as a Lost plotline, studio insiders said that while Lindelof indeed met with Scott and the studio for that rewrite job, the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film. The studio will decide when Lindelof turns it in. Scott Free is producing and Lindelof’s CAA reps closed his deal last night. Lindeloff is currently writing with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci Paramount’sStar Trek sequel, on which Lindelof is a producer. He also teamed with Kurtzman and Orci to write the Jon Favreau-directed Cowboys and Aliens, which is shooting now with Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. That’s plenty of action, but I’m told that Lindelof jumped at this opportunity because Scott’s 1979 space thriller Alien was such a seminal influence on him.
New Line says not so fast plans-to-never-make-another-SATC-movie.
Hollywood snoops tell E! News Gossip Guy Marc Malking that New Line Studios is interested in adapting Candace Bushnell’s SATC prequelThe Carrie Diaries for the big screen. The Carrie Diaries, which hit booksellers’ shelves in April, chronicle the future bed-hopping columnist during her teen years. The young adult novel has been so well-received, Bushnell is already working on a second book to add to the series.
This isn’t surprising news really. Terrible straight-to-DVD sequels and prequels get made all the time. Yet somehow I can’t imagine how they will creatively pull off a prequel to Marley and Me. Is it about the dog? Probably not. The couple? Maybe, but Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston won’t be coming back for such a low end production. Then again, it could just be a “spiritual prequel” just related in theme and story, but why make it a prequel at all then. I don’t know.
While it’s impressive that none of them had ever worked on a movie before, and the songs are well crafted - the acting and writing is painful. It’s also of the same length as the original, which is far too long for it’s amateur nature.
Maybe I’m being too hard on them, they seem so earnest and genuine, and what they’ve accomplished is very impressive. Watch part one above and decide for yourself. Is it a brilliant homage or painful fan-fic gone too far?