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Sequels Week

  1. let’s do it again
    Come Watch a Sequel in the Park With UsBryant Park Movie Nights are back this summer.
  2. vulture asks
    Who Is the Greatest Character to Come Out of a Sequel?Here are 26 possible answers to that question.
  3. let’s do it again
    Hollywood Can’t Leave Romancing the Stone AloneThe deceptively effortless-seeming Kathleen Turner–Michael Douglas romantic adventure never spawned a franchise, but not for any lack of trying.
  4. all the pieces matter
    We Own This City Asks Us to Look BackwardWhile David Simon and George Pelecanos’s new series has plenty to say on its own, considering it as a sequel to The Wire enriches the experience.
  5. role call
    William Sadler Answers Every Question We Have About Bill & Ted’s Bogus JourneyThe veteran character actor on the origin of Death’s Czech accent, creating some of the character’s most famous lines, and bonding with George Carlin.
  6. let’s do it again
    Creed II’s Director Almost Passed on Directing the FilmDespite having made just one previous film, Steven Caple Jr. initially felt “uncomfortable” with directing the highly anticipated Rocky spinoff sequel
  7. let’s do it again
    Rewriting the Behind-the-Scenes Story of Iron Man 2The sequel was made before the MCU streamlined its operations, when ad-libbing, “writing gyrations,” and Elon Musk cameos were okay.
  8. let’s do it again
    Lion King 1 1/2 Makes Sense If You Were Raised on Home VideoThe team behind the straight-to-DVD movie banged on the wall between Disney feature animation and Disneytoon Studios until a perfect sequel fell out.
  9. let’s do it again
    The Hardest Sequel I Ever WroteThe writers behind Blade Runner 2049, Batman Returns, the John Wick sequels, and more on their toughest franchise gigs.
  10. great ideas
    The Story Behind That Wild Grown Ups 3 ScriptTom Scharpling, a big Sandler fan, explains his unofficial sequel project.
  11. let’s do it again
    The Famous Sequels That Never HappenedBeetlejuice Goes Hawaiian suffered death in development, as did so many other follow-ups that could have been.
  12. community theater
    ‘We Should Hate It, But It Works’An oral history of the inexplicably star-studded, hallucinogenic ending of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
  13. book excerpt
    When Max Met Furiosa: An Oral History of Casting Mad Max: Fury RoadThe yearslong process of finding the right leads for George Miller’s Oscar winner involved dozens of future stars — and just as many what-ifs.
  14. let’s do it again
    An Emergency Discussion of Blade Runner 2049 in 2022What a five-year-old movie can tell us about the future of franchises and whether movies are moving backward.
  15. let’s do it again
    The 101 Best Movie Sequels of All TimeWhether they come after, before, or between their predecessors, these films have created their own indelible legacies.