I’m afraid when people look back at this era in Hollywood-produced entertainment, they’re going to see it as a time when there were a few creative movies mixed in amidst a plethora of sequels – some a follow up to movies which originally hit theaters more than a decade ago. The news out of Hollywood this week speaks to the fact that the trend is going to continue in interesting (and potentially inadvisable) ways.

EntertainmentWeekly is reporting that a Beetlejuice sequel is in the works. It’s aim is to be a continuation of the story, not a reboot. Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote PRIDE & PREJUDICE  & ZOMBIES, approached Tim Burton (who helmed the original Beetlejuice film) and got his blessing to do the project Warner Bros approached him for, and once the script gets further along they’ll present it to Michael Keaton. Grahame-Smith and his writing partner David Katzenberg said that for the project to work Michael Keaton “has to be” the lead character. They’ve got some other projects in the works, but Beetlejuice looks to be one of their projects which will get the most attention, and if it’s a hit, there could be another sequel to follow. Will they decide to say it three times?

Summer of 1996 saw Independence Day light up the movie theater box office, and now 15 years later the finishing touches are being put on two scripts to follow that up with a pair of films to complete a trilogy. According to NewYork Magazine, Roland Emmerick and Dean Devlin are working out the details to get the project done, efforts which include talks with Will Smith. The star of the first film reportedly wants upwards of $50 M to start in the films, which would be filmed back-to-back as was the case for movies two and three for the Back To The Future and Pirates Of The Caribbean franchises.

Steven Spielberg is not only serious about moving forward to create Jurassic Park 4 in the coming years, but he says the script they have in the works has a “better” story than they did for the third installment. In the interview with Empire, Spielberg also mentioned that the story is in the works for Indiana Jones 5, but that it’s not in the stage yet where a script is being developed.

Other quick notes:

A Star Trek sequel is in the works by J.J. Abrahms, but it won’t be called “Star Trek 2”. Given that the fourth Mission: Impossible film doesn’t have a number in its title, we shouldn’t be surprised by the trend which has worked so well for James Bond films over the decades. (Access Hollywood)

Eddie Murphy isn’t looking to do a movie sequel for Beverly Hills Cop, he’s looking to bring it to television. The concept would center on the son of Axel Foley as the main character, with the iconic character playing a back-up role as the Detroit Chief Of Police in a role which wouldn’t bring Eddie Murphy into every episode. Murphy said he had been approached with several offers to do a follow up movie but says each project ended up with the wrong feel. “None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn’t be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong” (Rolling Stone)

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