Will These Sequels Complete Or Ruin My Childhood?

Posted: November 2, 2011 by Keith Stone in Dumb and Dumber, Independence Day, movies

As a kid growing up, two of my favorite movies were Independence Day and Dumb and Dumber. Now word out of Hollywood is that sequels are greenlit for both of them, with two in the works for ID4. If I was 12, I’d be ecstatic. Now I’m a little concerned that the new movies might tarnish the legacies of the originals. Dumb and Dumber had a horrible prequel but neither Jim Carrey nor Jeff Daniels were involved. The duo is supposed to reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd with the Farrelly brothers attached to direct. Sounds like a can’t miss. I like it a lot.

The back-to-back Independence Day sequels may have a harder road to travel. For one, Will Smith may not participate in either movie unless Fox gives him his asking price of $50 million. That’s a lot of green but at the same time could you really have an Independence Day 2 without Capt. Stephen Hiller? Secondly, it’s a lot harder to elicit interest for a sci-fi movie that was released 15 years ago as opposed to a comedy. Typically, the two movies shot as one strategy tends to stretch scripts a bit thin and include too much filler. Matrix, anybody? Still, Independence Day is an epic movie and with director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin back at the helm, I’d give these movies more than a fighting chance. Hey, if Randy Quaid could take down that ship…

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