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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts
Looking to expand your franchise? Here are some tips based on movies that have tried…

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Studios like money. Audiences like certain characters. Or universes. Or ideas. Or actors. So those who can shove the two together must surely be on to a winner, right? Well... Not so much. Spin-offs are tricky propositions and even the biggest franchises can stumble when trying to craft extra adventures. What lessons can be learned from those that flopped and those that flew?

WORDS JAMES WHITE
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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts | 1. Do Deliver On Your Promise
1. Do Deliver On Your Promise

Admittedly, Machete is not, in itself, a perfect film. It’s sometimes sloppy, often grungy and silly when it should be badass. But as a delivery system for the pure, wild crazed action promised by the original fake trailer in the middle of Grindhouse? Score. Danny Trejo makes for a compelling hero and is more than able to carry the movie, even if it only requires him to kill or seduce people. Plus, producer Robert Rodriguez and co-director Ethan Maniquis make sure to push it to the limit. It was successful enough to spawn a sequel, next year’s Machete Kills. And there’s still something in the back of our brains that wants Edgar Wright to produce a full film based on horror promo Don’t.

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1 spin offs in their own franchises
I do rather like seeing other significant comic characters in movies like wolverine. Reminds me of the actual comics (the comics used to do this for the same cynical "we might get a spin off comic out of this" reason). Besides Wolverine:Origins screwed themselves with Deadpool by removing his voice and then killing him. His annoying banter is his defining characteristic. Continuity does not lend to a stand-alone movie More

Posted by Count Karnstein on Tuesday October 30, 2012, 20:53

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L: BelfastBoy .........(See also another waste of Ryan Reynolds' talents in Blade Trinity!) use of the word "talent" I've not seen before More

Posted by gregzebidy on Tuesday October 30, 2012, 01:17

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Here's another big 'don't', inspired principally by X-Men Origins: Wolverine - When a film is itself a spinoff from an existing franchise, don't further waste (screen) time and effort on minor characters who you want to spin off into their own franchises, thus diluting the main storylines of the actual film. How else to explain the showy but effectively glorified cameos from Gambit and Deadpool? (See also another waste of Ryan Reynolds' talents in Blade Trinity!) More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Monday October 29, 2012, 12:43


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