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The entertainment industry is growing at a rapid pace. With consumers being more interested in movies and TV shows, producers are trying to keep content flowing without putting deep thought into it.

There’s a problem with the content Hollywood is putting out and it’s safe to assume that we’ve all noticed it. The problem is that nothing is new anymore, everything is either a sequel or a reboot.  A company makes a movie and it’s a hit, the fan base grows along with the net profit. The popularity of certain films insures profit for the company if the need arises to make a sequel, but this “insurance” is being taken advantage of.

Films with sequels and prequels have always been popular, but they haven’t begun to take over the industry until recently. With the success of series’ like The Hunger Games, Toy Story, and Harry Potter, movie franchises are looked at as a successful way to bring in revenue. Since these franchises do so well, producers have been making sequels that are both unnecessary for views and the main storyline.

Image result for 2017 movie sequelsTo make my point of how many unnecessary sequels are being made in 2017 alone, here is a list: Despicable Me 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Fate of The Furious, Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant, Super Troopers 2, Pitch Perfect 3, Cars 3, Kong: Skull Island, Transformers: The Last Knight, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Annabelle 2, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, War for the Planet of the Apes, Saw: Legacy, and, let’s be honest, all of the new Marvel movies.

While reading this list, a thought you probably had was “I thought they were done making those movies”, and that’s a thought many other people had as well.  These movies at one point had definite endings established (some as old as 10 years ago) but writers and producers that have been in Hollywood for a while have used up all their good ideas, and instead of passing the torch along to younger adults with better thoughts, they are trying to keep their position by producing average sequels that accomplish nothing but dragging out plot that should’ve stayed at Blockbuster.

It’s ironic that sequels have been the plan B “saving grace” for big companies, because they aren’t doing well in the box office. Movies being made by small film companies are being rewarded far more than anything made by the classic production companies we grew up with.  20th Century Fox, who made hit films such as ‘Life of Pi’ and ‘Star Wars’, is now on the road to making sequels like ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’ and ‘Avatar [2-5]’ (which hasn’t had a movie out since 2009). Whilst this once quality company is making sequels, companies like A24, who made Oscar winning ‘Moonlight’, are making new and original ideas and reaping the benefits.

When a good movie comes out, the average consumer wants more. We’re used to the Netflix lifestyle, where we can binge watch things without any type of wait, and producers are trying to keep up. Instead of taking the time to produce original ideas, they’re making sequels and low-quality reboots. They have the chance to pass off the torch to younger writers with better ideas, but that would cost them their dignity and maybe even their position in the company.

It’s time for Hollywood to realize that we, as consumers, are tired of going to the movies only to have to choose between sequels. We are tired of plots that have been dragged out between 6 movies. Instead we want original ideas that test our mind and seem interesting. Maybe then old Hollywood producers will start winning awards again.

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