I remember reading somewhere a few weeks ago that a sequel to Michael Bay’s Transformers was already being talked about and that a script may even be in the process of being written. No big surprise, right? With all the hype surrounding the film, it’s looking like it will be (at the very least) a moderate success, and a sequel is a no brainer. However, now Digital Spy is reporting that the higher-ups at Dreamworks have already given the green light for not one but two Transformers sequels. And this, my friends, is something that is becoming all too common with movies lately, and it really bugs me.
On this week’s Film Junk Podcast I mentioned the fact that I thought the Pirates of the Caribbean series had been stretched beyond its limits, and part of the problem is that studios now take a successful movie and automatically plan to turn it into a trilogy. They don’t just do a part 2 and wait to see how that is received. I don’t know if it’s The Lord of the Rings that is to blame for Hollywood’s new obsession with trilogies, or The Matrix sequels which were shot back to back to save money, but either way, it’s just another example of studios ramming out more product with a quantity over quality approach. Why can’t we just take it one step at a time?