Good news, everybody! One of the worst movies of 2012 and one of the worst movies of 2013 (so far) are destined for sequels. It turns out that The Bourne Legacy and Identity Thief were so successful that Universal Pictures can't resist continuing their stories in new installments, according to Universal chairman Adam Fogelson.
In a new interview with Hollywood Reporter, Fogelson talked about a lot of Universal's upcoming projects, including the sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman (also one of CraveOnline's Worst Films of 2012) and their attempts to turn their massive library of Universal Horror monsters into a franchise on par with James Bond and the Marvel Studios superhero universe.
On the future of the Bourne franchise: "Yeah, the movie didn't perform the way the last one did. It also didn't cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. Matt has talked about the possibility of coming back, and we totally respect that and are excited if and when he wants to have conversations. But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter."
On Identity Thief 2: "Absolutely a conversation that we're having. We think we created great characters, so we'll discuss how to re-pair Jason [Bateman] and Melissa [McCarthy] going forward."
On Snow White and The Huntsman 2: "We're actively developing the movie right now with Kristen's character central, as well as the Huntsman role. We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity. I don't think Rupert [Wyatt] is pursuing the next Snow White as a directing opportunity."
On the future of Universal Horror: "As a studio, because we have not had a Marvel library, a DC library, a Bond franchise, we've had to home-grow virtually all of it. Universal monsters are probably the thing people most equate with our library. But monsters are not superheroes. Virtually every monster story is by definition a tragic story. We are developing another Mummy. We are looking at rebooting Van Helsing because I think the idea for the Van Helsing story was a great way of solving the question of, 'How do you make a blockbuster out of monsters?'"
We think Fogelson is underestimating the appeal of Universal Horror monsters. If you look at modern superhero movies, each of them is a tragedy at heart too. The death of family members, the destruction (and reconstruction) of the human body, and despite all of that audiences are coming out in droves because they care about the characters and want them to overcome those tribulations. That's a big part of the enduring appeal of Universal's monsters, too. We feel bad for Frankenstein, isolated from the world that created him, and even Dracula, desperate to reconnect with his humanity despite his uncontrollable monstrousness. Instead of looking at each of them as a monster, why not look at them as anti-heroes? Build your own superhero universe, based on some of the most iconic characters in movie history. Go ahead and use that Universal. We'd pay to see it.
Read the rest of Hollywood Reporter's interview for additional updates on Fifty Shades of Grey.