Today we've got two stories of sequels, one very obvious, and one that less than obvious.
OBVIOUS SEQUEL NEWS
Joss Whedon the man behind the cult hits Buffy The Vampire Slayer & Firefly TV series and the mega hit movie Avengers has signed on with Disney to write and direct Avengers 2: More Avenging (working title) as well as develop a TV series set in the Marvel universe for its sister ABC TV network.
This is probably a good move on the part of both Marvel and Whedon.
1. Audiences and critics cited the film's script and directing as worthy of the repeat viewings that take a film from doing well to doing great.
2. It allows Marvel to make Whedon into their "Christopher Nolan," giving the Avengers movies a greater sense of continuity as the singular vision of a filmmaker with a genuine interest in, and ability with the source material.
1. While Whedon has a dedicated fan following, but his projects, even the successful ones, tend only to be cult hits. A greater number of his projects, especially in TV, fizzled out, mostly due to network or studio neglect. Being associated as the central "genius" behind a mega-blockbuster franchise greatly improves his clout and prominence in Hollywood.
It's easy for a network or a studio to dismiss a critical darling who makes cult material, but they can't say no to a blockbuster factory.
LESS OBVIOUS SEQUEL NEWS
There's some talk going around that Fox, writer/director Mike Judge and actor Terry Crews are considering some sort of spin-off of Judge's 2006 movie Idiocracy.
In case you haven't heard of it, Idiocracy is about a man with an average IQ who goes into cryogenic suspension for 500 years to discover that dumb people have out-bred the smart people and society was a dumb dystopia.
In the film Terry Crews played Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, a pro-wrestler and porn star elected to be President of the United States, because that's what happens when everyone's an idiot.
Personally, I don't see the project going much farther than a few internet sketches and here's why:
1. Fox is probably gun-shy about the whole thing. The original film was made in 2004, then Fox sat on it for almost two years, only to dump it in theaters without publicity for a total theatrical take of less than $450,000. It's current status is strictly as a cult phenomena with fans who think it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it's unlikely this cult will take this project to mainstream success.
They had no faith in the original, so I don't see them having much faith in a spin-off.
2. It struck me as a one-joke premise, which is good for one film, but is not really the basis for a strong franchise. After a while it all comes across as repetitive, if not in specifics, then in general attitude and style.
That's what I think, let me know what you think in the comments...