Last week, big whipping boy of Twitter was Triplets, announced as the sequel to the 1988 Schwartzenegger/DeVito comedy Twins. This time, Eddie Murphy is attached to appear as the long-lost triplet of the brothers established in the first film.
Then earlier this week came the news that the Farrelly Brothers are getting together with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to make Dumb and Dumber 2, following up the 1993 original film.
And lets not forget that Columbia has been trying to get Ghostbusters 3 together for years, with seemingly every interview with one of the principles bringing up the subject.
What's the deal with all of these reunion fests two decades after the fact? Is there really a demand to go back and see old friends, or is it an acknowledgement that Hollywood is out of ideas?
One of the few of these films that worked was Rocky Balboa. It's probably one of the best of the series and honestly, you could just watch the first film and the last film and come away with a pretty satisfying experience. (Though I guess you'd need to account for how Rocky became the champ.) There was more meat to Balboa than some of the earlier sequels, and the film really invested you in Rocky's final fight, even if it was a bit implausible that he could still last in the ring that long. It also had the benefit of ending the series on a high note, rather than leave Rocky V as its epitaph. For that reason alone, it justified iteself.
But would it really be fun to see the Ghostbusters twenty years older and out of shape? Will it be funny or just plain sad to see Harry and Lloyd still as dumb as they were during the Clinton Administration? Sometimes I think it's just best to leave the original alone. Why not get the Dumb & Dumber team together, but make an entirely different movie?
What do you guys think? Are there any older movies you'd like to see pull off a reunion movie? Are there any long-delayed sequels that you really like? Imagine the possibilities - E.T. 2, Labyrinth 2, Three Men and an Old Maid...
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