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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts
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Spin-Offs: The Dos and Don'ts | 8. Don’t Assume It’ll Be Huge
8. Don’t Assume It’ll Be Huge

Universal was somewhat bullish after the huge success of Jim Carrey-as-God comedy Bruce Almighty. So you could understand the studio’s Icarus-like arrogance in thinking it had found a golden ticket to riches and success. Despite not scoring Carrey back for the sequel, the idea of using rising comedy star Steve Carell convinced executives to hand director Tom Shadyac a massive budget to follow the Evan Baxter character on a new misadventure, Evan Almighty. Yeah… not so much. The result was an equally massive flop, which, despite earning $172 million worldwide, didn’t even make its initial outlay back.

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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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