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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts
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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts | 6. Don’t Bank On One Minor Character
6. Don’t Bank On One Minor Character

For all its faults, the first Wolverine spin-off at least made use of the franchise’s most popular character. But when Universal decided to keep the American Pie cash cow mooing at a vastly reduced, straight-to-DVD budget, they jettisoned the main cast, held on to Eugene Levy and paraded a revolving assortment of newcomers and no-namers in front of him for an increasingly desperate series of sex farces. Things improved when the original cast all agreed to come back for American Pie: Reunion. When Chris Klein and Tara Reid are a saving grace, you know your franchise is on life support.

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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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