Sequels: Here we go again

Sequels: Here we go again
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After the release of a great film, it seems natural to us now that they’d want to make another. But this was not always the case. Now that Hollywood seems to almost compulsively turn successful films into franchises, reboots, and cinematic universes, are there good reasons to keep making sequels?

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Kira Bindrim is the host of the Quartz Obsession podcast. She is an executive editor who works on global newsroom coverage and email products. She is obsessed with reading and reality TV.

Adario Strange is a reporter at Quartz covering media and entertainment. He is obsessed with VR, AR, and real life as science fiction.

Show notes

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is the sequel to the 1982 original

The 2021 Dune film is a reboot of the 1984 film

High-grossing sequels (Adario’s answers in the game):

Low-grossing sequels (Kira’s answers in the game):

The Fall of a Nation (1916), considered the first sequel, was the follow-up to the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation

This episode uses the following sounds from freesound.org:

Dinner Atmo.wav by burkay

16mm Film Reel by bone666138

superhero theme by humanoide9000

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