Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Andrew Scott Sails To Swallows And Amazons
He'll be a secret agent pursuing Jim Turner
New Man From U.N.C.L.E. Character Posters Land
A Cavill-cade of spy candy
Anna Gunn Finds Equity For A New Financial Drama
She's headed to Wall Street
Beau Travail's Claire Denis Heads Into Space For Her English Language Debut
Working with Zadie Smith on a sci-fi script
Chris Pine And Zachary Quinto Sign Deals For Fourth Star Trek Film
As the third kicks off shooting
Chloë Grace Moretz Joins Brain On Fire
She'll replace Dakota Fanning
Teresa Palmer Joins James Wan's Lights Out
The Warm Bodies actress on for new Wan-produced horror
DreamWorks Finds Michael Crichton's Micro
Frank Marshall producing shrinking tech thriller
Harry Potter Stage Play Announced
The Cursed Child will hit London's West End next year
Paramount Opens Greenglass House
Kate Milford's novel getting the franchise treatment
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
28 May 2015
Cop Car Trailer Joyrides Online
Jon Watts brings home the (Kevin) Bacon
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
R. I. P. D. (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Super (2011)
Empire Star Rating
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Empire Star Rating
New York, I Love You (2010)
Empire Star Rating
Frost/Nixon (2009)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Road House And Hollow Man Sequels
And the studio still knows what you did three summers ago

12 July 2005  |  Written by   

submit to reddit

Hollywood is often accused of creative bankruptcy, of cashing in with sequels and franchises when they should be taking risks on new films about lesbian aliens in Outer Patagonia (or something). Now, normally, we'd defend the rights of sequels to the hilt, point out that there are sequels that are unquestionably good films and that there's nothing inherently wrong with making a follow-up. Then again, there's the news today that Sony is planning Hollow Man 2, I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer and Road House 2.

Hollow Man, for the many people who won't remember it, was the Invisible Man thriller, with Kevin Bacon playing a scientist who turns all evil when he turns invisible. The film wasn't bad – it had great special effects, a decent premise and an OK performance from Bacon – but aside from lowering Elizabeth Shue's Bacon number, it didn't really stick in people's minds. There's no word on whether the original cast will return – frankly, we'd be surprised – but a director and screenwriter have been announced in the shape of Claudio Fäh (who made his feature debut with a film called Coronado in 2003) and Joel Soisson, who wrote such films as Mimic 2 and Highlander: Endgame.

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer picks up the teen scream franchise once again, with yet another group of hapless adolescents causing accidental death and then being deliberately picked off one by one. This time, it's a Fourth of July prank that goes horribly wrong, killing one of their friends and putting a strain on the rest of the group when they agree to keep it secret. We're assured that Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr. will be nowhere in sight this time, but no cast has been hired as yet. Michael Weiss, writer on, er, Octupus 2: River Of Fear (which we haven't seen, but on the basis of that title, will be seeking out) and also The Butterfly Effect 2.

Last but only probably least is Road House 2, the sequel to the 1989 Patrick Swayze classic. In the original, the mulleted one played a tough "cooler" employed to manage bouncers and keep a rowdy road house under control, while sweeping the girls off their feet with his twinkling toes and fancy dance moves (What's that? Different film? Oh well, no one will notice). The sequel will take up where the first film left off, but we don't know if Swayze himself will be back. The writer for that, Scott Ziehl, worked on Demon Hunter; Cruel Intentions 3 and the fabulously monikered TV movie Earth vs. the Spider (which, fact fans, has no less than five credited writers).

All of which teaches us several things. First of all, sequels can be a really, really bad idea. Secondly, there are some real B-movies out there in Hollywood, and their writers all seem to keep finding work. And thirdly, sometimes it is possible to wish that they'd bring back Freddie Prinze Jr.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

World Exclusive: The New Wall-E Trailer
This kicks shiny metal butt!
The Descent Defies Gravity At UK Box Office
But War Of The Worlds holds onto top spot


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Podcast 167: Emily Mortimer, Robert Sheehan, Corin Hardy
It's the live Edinburgh special round 2!

The 15 Most Exciting Games Of E3
The greatest games currently winging their way towards a console near you

Distribution Denied! 25 Films You Can't Get On DVD
The movies that have never seen the transfer to digital disc

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)