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With reports of a fourth American Pie film going into script and the current Fast and Furious 17 release, it got me thinking that many Hollywood production companies are flogging franchises to death with their money grabbing sequels.  Sure American Pie 1, 2 and even the Wedding were comedy gold, but after the straight to video monstrosities like American Pie: Band Camp and Naked Mile. Isn’t it about time they decided to quit while they are evens? Instead they play to reunite the old crew for another dose of Sex, booze, and partying 10 years on.  I think its a bit too much.

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With reports of a fourth American Pie film going into script and the current Fast and Furious 17 release, it got me thinking that many Hollywood production companies are flogging franchises to death with their money grabbing sequels.  Sure American Pie 1, 2 and even the Wedding were comedy gold, but after the straight to video monstrosities like American Pie: Band Camp and Naked Mile. Isn’t it about time they decided to quit while they are evens? Instead they play to reunite the old crew for another dose of Sex, booze, and partying 10 years on.  I think its a bit too much.

Many companies continue to revive old franchises with a chance of a bumper payout.  But who can seriously say that the majority of these sequels / prequels / reboots are as good as the original? I’m one of the biggest Star Wars fans out there, but George Lucas should have left the original trilogy as it was, the new Nightmare on Elm Street was nowhere near as terrifying as Wes Cravens original Masterpiece (I’m talking about the first film, the 85 million sequels following the original were also crap), did anyone want to see Mike Myers in space when Halloween went a bit weird, and don’t get me started on the whole Alien vs Predator pile of crap…

Where did it all go wrong? Are we, the consumer to blame for still turning up and parting with our hard earned cash to watch these? Is there perhaps a lack of talent when it comes to writers and producers, or more likely the fact that these talented individuals can’t get a break in a diluted market and get buy ins from the big studios for their productions? Are we becoming a more stale race and lack the ideas and creativity to create the next big thing?

Now don’t get me wrong, sure there are a small minority that do succeed and surpass their originals – one of the reasons I am interested in seeing how The Thing, The Amazing Spiderman and The Man of Steel turn out, but I just feel that companies are ruining some modern classics by churning out so many more films that are not needed and of poor quality.

Is it because Film companies are after a quick buck? Or are the Hollywood Juggernaughts running out of ideas? Let us know!

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