Some of the coolest movie characters are returning to the big screen in the next few years and their movies will be produced by some of the most talented folks in Hollywood.
You might wonder why some movie series which began a quarter of a century ago are getting continuations in the upcoming years. Well, there are a few possible explanations.
For one, Hollywood is displaying noticeable signs of poor cinematic storytelling (coming up with original ideas, thorough and smoothly-flowing plots, etc.). Producers recognise that certain stories have hit the screen with more overall popularity than others.
There are some movie characters that audiences just can’t get enough of. Creating a new movie based on old, classic characters makes the script writers’ job easier; they have already been given the key foundations for the basis of a story they know people will want to watch.
The three movie sagas I will mention here have their origins dating back at least several decades. This fact means that more than one generation of fans will pour into theaters to see the new version of the sagas they love. These movies are being geared toward a number of different audiences of varying age ranges.
1 – The Jurassic Saga
Back in June of 1993, the world was introduced to a story that had been “65 million years in the making”, as director Steven Spielberg stated. And it feels like the operations begun by John Hammond have lasted just about 65 million years as well.
But I don’t necessarily mind that it has been such a long lasting film series or that the characters never learn from the past and continue to create more dangerous dinosaurs, because I am a huge fan of the story. Besides, it has dinosaurs!
I think every boy was fascinated with them as a kid. And every Jurassic Park and Jurassic World film includes at least one kid. So it is easy to relate to their awe and their fear. I love all the lethal carnivores (especially the Velociraptors) as well as the majestic herbivores.
After the huge success of the public reception of the original Jurassic Park, Spielberg decided to make a sequel. The sequel was entitled The Lost World and released in 1997. Then in 2001, Joe Johnson, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, released a third installment simply called Jurassic Park III.
Over a decade later, Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World came to theatres, renewing the saga and taking place on Isla Nublar, the original location for the failed Jurassic Park endeavour.
This 2015 film starred Chris Pratt and featured B.D. Wong who portrayed his old character Dr. Henry Wu, a role which he had not played since 1993.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is to be released in June of next year, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park. It is my most anticipated film for 2018.
2 – The Indiana Jones Saga
The Indiana Jones saga was begun in 1981 by future Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg with the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, written by George Lucas and starring Harrison Ford. Ever since then, people seem not to have been able to get their fill of Ford’s character Dr. Jones, because the sequel, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, came out in 1984, just three years later.
Two more Indiana Jones films followed: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), which was evidently not his last crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008). The beginning sequence of The Last Crusade depicted a sequence from Junior’s youth which explains his fear of snakes. It was a good back story.
George Lucas even created a TV series called The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992-1993) starring Sean Patrick Flanery as Indiana Jones, which was followed up by several TV movies.
The stories have always had engaging, timeless elements that people are drawn to: adventure, travel, love, mystery, peril. The feature films with Harrison Ford have employed some of the most powerful and effective people in Hollywood.
In addition to the creative geniuses of Spielberg and Lucas, some of the strongest screen personalities appeared with Ford, including Sean Connery (Goldfinger) as Indiana Jones Senior, and John Rhys-Davies (the Lord of the Rings trilogy) as Sallah, Dr. Jones’s Egyptian comrade.
There is no doubt Harrison Ford has had a strong character personality in all the roles down through his career. His Star Wars persona Han Solo, a character which he did not enjoy playing, is so popular that Solo has his own solo movie coming out in 2018.
Likewise, Ford’s Indiana Jones character refuses to rest in peace. Steven Spielberg and Ford have stated that a fifth film instalment of the 35+-year-old franchise is set to be released sometime in 2019 or 2020.
3 – The Star Wars Saga
A long time ago (40 years), in a galaxy far, far away (Lucasfilm), George Lucas partnered with 20th Century Fox to bring Star Wars to the silver screen. It was a tale of lightsabers, huge interplanetary battleships, secret bases, princesses, droids, and a farmer named Luke who lives with his “aunt” and “uncle.”
Star Wars is probably the most well-known science fiction universe the world over. Stunning visuals and superb acting make up where the plot is weak. Among the great actors who have appeared in the movies are Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, James Earl Jones, Liam Neeson, Christopher Lee, and Samuel L. Jackson. Great sci-fi directors who have contributed to the saga include J.J. Abrams and Gareth Edwards.
What many Star Wars fans agree on is that the movies would not be the same without the epic opening music and other scores throughout the films. Ironically, the music for the first seven Star Wars movies has been composed by the legendary John Williams, composer for the Indiana Jones films as well as Jurassic Park!
The Star Wars universe has made a large impact on pop culture resulting in countless Star Wars TV series, novels, parodies, references, toys, video games, May the 4th (Be with You) celebrations, and more. I don’t think when Lucas and the actors started the Star Wars tale back in 1977 that they had any idea how far the story would go.
It is the oldest Hollywood film saga I have mentioned here, and it is just as strong today as it was in the seventies. The huge cult following of the franchise is eager for the upcoming Han Solo stand-alone film in 2018 and Colin Trevorrow’s Star Wars IX the year after that, and we all know that plenty more Star Wars movies are on their way.