Hey, who wants to hear about more of their favourite movies getting dug up and pissed on by movie studios that are desperate for a quick buck? I do! Clint over at Moviehole recently got a hold of a press release for the new Warner Premiere line of movies, and among the popular franchises slated to get direct to DVD sequels are Under Siege, Space Jam, Training Day, and… Beetlejuice. This after Tim Burton has been denying such a thing for years. Needless to say, he and Michael Keaton will not be involved, although Burton will likely still get an executive producer credit. I can’t wait to see who they bring on board to take over for Keaton in this role… Stephen Baldwin maybe? One can only hope.
Kevin Tsujihara, President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group had this to say: “With Warner Premiere, we’re creating an additional stream of new, high-quality, ‘fan-ready’ DVDs that will be supported by top-notch marketing to help them standout in the increasingly crowded marketplace.” So not only are the budgets low to begin with, but most of the money is being put into marketing? Sounds promising. Jeff Robinov, President of Production: “They will have no creative constraints on them and should not be thought of as low-budget or second-rate in any way. We’re creating projects with a very specific mindset, geared to a specific distribution platform, while at the same time trying new creative approaches, telling different stories, working with new talent and responding quickly to consumer feedback and demand.” Sorry for the cynicism folks, but if you’re telling different stories and truly trying to give new opportunities to filmmakers, why are you making unnecessary sequels to established franchises? This whole thing annoys me a lot more than it probably should.