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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 8:09am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Here's the news:


I like 1987's ROBOCOP. It's well told, the special effects are good, and the satire is spot-on for me.

I derived some mild enjoyment from ROBOCOP 2, but it was an unnecessary sequel. I never thought ROBOCOP, FIRST BLOOD, THE TERMINATOR or PLANET OF THE APES ever needed sequels.

ROBOCOP 3 was forgettable for the most part.

I liked how the ROBOCOP remake was looking to cover contemporary issues, but the execution never quite worked for me.

A direct sequel to 1987's ROBOCOP? Not overly enthusiastic, but I guess they could reflect contemporary concerns (e.g. fake news). But I don't think it's a necessary sequel.
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Charles Valderrama
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 11:39am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

ROBOCOP 2 worked fine for me... it was all the stories after that ruined the franchise so I'm interested in this approach. Hopefully they bring back the elements that worked for the original film.

No movie NEEDS a sequel, Robbie, but that's Hollywood's easy game plan these days... grab the built-in fanbase.

-C!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 11:51am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

No movie NEEDS a sequel, Robbie...

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I feel there are films that could be fun to explore. I always wanted to see the Ghostbusters bust more ghosts; I would have liked to have seen The Monster Squad take on more monsters; and it was nice to follow Indiana Jones' exploits.

Sometimes it makes no sense. I bet you someone, in the history of cinema, has thought about doing a TITANIC sequel, impossible though that would seem (but creativity is second to cash, I guess).

Quite a few films stood on their own for me, though. I never needed a sequel to the likes of THE TERMINATOR. And sometimes it taints a character: the anti-war, thoughtful plot of FIRST BLOOD is slightly tainted by the gung-ho, generic action exploits of the RAMBO sequels.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 12:15pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Sometimes it makes no sense. I bet you someone, in the history of cinema, has thought about doing a TITANIC sequel, impossible though that would seem (but creativity is second to cash, I guess).

Depends on what we call a sequel. I'm sure James Cameron could make up lots more stories about imaginary people who were on the boat at the same time.

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Bill Collins
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 12:29pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Raise the Titanic anyone? I recall the supposed quip
from Lew Grade after the huge flop the film became,
something along the lines of `It would have been cheaper
to lower The Atlantic`

Edited by Bill Collins on 25 January 2018 at 12:29pm
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Bill Mimbu
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 7:06pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Sometimes it makes no sense. I bet you someone, in the history of cinema, has thought about doing a TITANIC sequel, impossible though that would seem (but creativity is second to cash, I guess).

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MTV Movie Awards - James Cameron is pitched Titanic "sequel"
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Peter Martin
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 9:03pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

'Direct sequel' seems a strange term for this project, whether it happens or not. What was Robocop 2 if not a direct sequel?
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Christopher Frost
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Posted: 25 January 2018 at 9:51pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

By "direct sequel" they mean to say that they are going to ignore everything but the first film. In other words, it's an alternate version of Robocop 2.  
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Jozef Brandt
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Posted: 26 January 2018 at 8:08pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply


Instead of Officer Murphy, they could put Murphy Brown in the suit!
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 27 January 2018 at 10:09am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Did anyone ever watch the "Prime Directives" TV movies? I felt they were a worthy successor to the original. But I still wish that the original, much like FIRST BLOOD, should have been allowed to remain a unique entity.

And then the films I wanted sequels for - the likes of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SUPERGIRL, and THE MONSTER SQUAD - remain single entities to this day. Bummer!
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Brian Hague
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Posted: 27 January 2018 at 11:11am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I wanted a Josie and the Pussycats trilogy. It writes itself. The first film was their starting point. "Josie and the Pussycats: World Tour" would be the cartoon series done live-action. Wrap it up with "Josie and the Pussycats In Outer Space!" It was all right there for them, and they missed it, dammit... They could have been selling Bleep dolls to this very day!

A Serenity film done now would be fun and not difficult to cast. It was clearly stated in the first movie that the Captain runs everybody off the ship in time, so all you'd really need would be Nathan Fillion and a cast of nobody we'd ever heard of to start out with. Fill in the rest of the film with whoever we can get from the original series for as long as we can get them in cameos and guest-starring roles ala' Shepherd Book and we are off to the races. They aren't still filming Castle, are they? Get me Nathan Fillion's agent on the phone...!

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Bill Collins
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Posted: 27 January 2018 at 12:33pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I watched Prime Directives, they were ok for the tiny
budget!

I enjoyed the Josie and the Pussycats film too,i
remember the cartoons from my childhood!
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Brian Floyd
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Posted: 27 January 2018 at 1:36pm | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Castle ended a couple of years ago, and they killed off Wash in the movie that they did in 2005. So no Alan Tudyuk, unless it's flashbacks, a clone, or a previously unrevealed twin. They also killed off Shepherd, and even if they hadn't, they'd have to recast. Because Ron Glass died in 2016.




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Glenn Brenner
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Posted: 27 January 2018 at 2:41pm | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I think Paul Verhoeven needs to come back for it to work.
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