Recently, Summit Entertainment announced the final film in the Twilight franchise "Breaking Dawn" will be released in two movies. The two movie series finale is looking to become a new tradition.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will also be a one-two punch, but why do we need that? What if every movie franchise chose to eek out profits and double up its movies? Where would that leave us?
Well, it would leave this movie lover more than a little upset. I'm more than willing to throw my money at Hollywood, but I'm beginning to rethink my position. We afford them the opportunity to make movies for a living and all we've gotten lately are repackaged remakes and less than memorable blockbusters.
The same people that are getting giddy about the Potter and Breaking Dawn split also go after filmmakers who decide to re-release updated films -- namely Star Wars creator George Lucas.
For years, Lucas has mastered the art of the repackage and we eat it up. I'm almost too embarrassed to admit how many copies of the films and trilogy sets I own. At the news of one little tweak, I'll be the first in line, but I can't really get on board this broken up final flick formula.
With Lucas, he's giving us something we essentially already own, so we're not really out anything. If we decide not to throw down our money, no biggie. But, these films will be completed, and for nothing more than more profits, the studio will release the one as two.
Is there anything we can do? You betcha.
The simplest way to deal Hollywood a blow is by forgoing their movies, but for some of us, that's almost asking too much. I'm not saying that I'm counting down the days until the sun sets on Twilight, but we have to make a stand.
Can you really name more than a few outstanding movies in recent years? The reason is Hollywood wants a sure thing. If we continue to bite the bait and go to sub-par flicks, that's precisely what we're going to continue to get. If we refrain, we might get them to rethink their position and give us something more than a talking Camero or well worn green ogres.
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