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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 | 7. Do Make It As Good As Possible
7. Do Make It As Good As Possible

With some spin-offs, the stench of lazy, uninspired and derivative work taunts your nostrils from a mile away, such as with both Alien Vs Predator movies, which might as well be called Cynicism Vs Expectation. But then comes a delight such as DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots, which not only makes solid use of one of the franchise’s most valuable assets (Antonio Banderas’ featured feline), but also surrounds him with a top notch supporting cast and a great screenplay chock full of moments. Puss feels of a piece with the Shrek universe, complementary and worthwhile.

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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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