Sequel Talk: What’s Up With ‘Die Hard 5′, ‘Taken 2′ and ‘The Expendables 2′

Sequels. They’re huge moneymakers for studios who want to milk a film franchise for all it’s worth. I’d say the sequel directly following the original movie is the most risky one to do because it could totally bomb and kill all potential for future flicks. But then again, it could be totally amazing and serve as the takeoff point for the franchise.

Die Hard didn’t have a hard time pushing past its sophomore slump because they’re already knee-deep in the fifth installment, A Good Day to Die Hard. But we find ourselves at that critical point for both Taken and The Expendables, both of which will be releasing their first sequels later this year.

There’s been a lot of talk about the movies with their respective release dates pushing closer. Here are some of the most recent headlines:

  • If you’re expecting more quips and a lighter tone for Die Hard 5, then you’ll be disappointed. Director John Moore says that won’t happen, at least not on his watch, because the fivequel featuring John McClane will be as tough and action-filled as its last predecessor.
  • Taken seemed like one of those open-and-shut stories with an ending that pretty much tied all the loose ends. So why are we seeing a sequel that brings Liam Neeson back with the same storyline as the first movie?
  • A-list action stars, big guns, and everyone’s favorite action sequences reminiscent of the nineties? That’s The Expendables in a nutshell. Expect the sequel to take it a notch further because it’s just been officially stamped with an R rating.

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