(Quick announcement, for those who were asking about the Seattle release date for “Blue Valentine”: Just learned that it will be January 7.)
If you, like me, have not been spending the last twelve years wondering what happened to Viola de Lesseps and Will Shakespeare after the credits rolled in “Shakespeare in Love,” you may delicately raise an eyebrow at today’s news that Miramax and The Weinstein Company are partnering to produce a number of sequels “from the Miramax Library.” I received a press release this morning which read, in part:
The first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders and Shakespeare in Love. The other potential sequels and TV projects are Bridget Jones’s Diary, Copland, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror. This partnership augments an existing relationship between the companies on such franchises as Scream 4 (to be released April 15, 2011), Spy Kids 4 (to be released August 19, 2011) and Scary Movie 5.
Um, first of all, did they forget that there’s already a “Bridget Jones” sequel, and even the most devoted of singletons doesn’t want any more? And will those Scary Movies ever end? All this strikes me as a remarkably bad idea, and yet more evidence that nobody wants to make an original movie any more. Much as I liked “Shakespeare in Love” — please, Miramax and Weinstein, remember what every good actor knows: Get off the stage while they’re still wanting more.