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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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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts | 5. Do Combine Existing Characters And New Ideas
5. Do Combine Existing Characters And New Ideas

Some spin-offs simply want to give us more of the same in a photocopied story. But others, like Get Him To The Greek make use of a compelling, wacky character (Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow) and put him in a very different situation. Though he was a relatively small part of 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, there was enough to Snow that co-creator Nicholas Stoller could send him off on a drug / drinks fuelled adventure with naive record executive Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) and still make the result a funny, crazed, entertaining night at the movies.

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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

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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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