Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.
There’s a great scene in the opening moments of Robert Altman’s The Player where Tim Robbins’ puddle-deep studio exec is taking pitches from a grizzled old screenwriter played by Buck Henry. “Okay, here it is…,” the hack begins. “The Graduate… Part II. … 25 years later.” It’s supposed to be funny, and it is, especially since Buck Henry himself was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Graduate in 1967. It became even funnier — or sadder? — in 2005, when Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Costner starred in their quasi-Graduate-sequel, Rumor Has It.
Hollywood has been out of original ideas for decades now. A generation that was raised by television re-runs is now controlling the levers of Hollywood power, so they are practically conditioned to expect the same entertainment over and over and over again. To those who protest or look down their noses at this long-ago development, I say… Get over it! Better to drink the Kool-Aid, folks. Submit to the machine. Just demand better sequels. Unusual sequels. Sequels to films that were never intended to be franchises in the first place, so their original plots actually had a beginning, middle, and an end, and include satisfying character development. Let’s start aiming for the next Before Midnight instead of the next Hangover Part III.
With that in mind, I would like to pitch a sequel to a 2006 indie that earned just $1.0 million at the box office. “Okay, here it is…,” this hack begins. “Hard Candy… Part II. … 10 years later.” READ FULL STORY