There was an interesting piece on The Tyee this week about the importance of seeing PACIFIC RIM in theaters. The author laments the steady stream of sequels and remakes and cautions that if we do not support original content, we’ll get less and less of it in the future. As I’m reading this piece, I’m reminded of another story I saw recently that listed the original films that haven’t fared well on the big screen. White House Down, After Earth, and now Pacific Rim. It doesn’t bode well for a Wool release if studio execs look at recent history before pulling the trigger. And so I came up with an ingenious idea. Hollywood, are you listening? You should put numbers after every film.
That’s right. I want to see Wool 4 hit the big screen. You can bill it as “Bigger and better than Wool 3!” Or: “Everything missing from Wool 2 is right here!” Also: “If you missed the other films, don’t worry. Now’s the time to get on board!” How about: “Runs a full two hours longer than Wool 1!”
It doesn’t matter that there aren’t three other films out there. That’s not important. What matters is the mark of pedigree, the sense that the other movies must’ve done very well (I.E. a bunch of people paid $20 to go see them), so this one must be pretty good too! There weren’t 122 other The Taking of Pelham’s. There weren’t 60 other movies about baseball and asterixis. All you knew was these movies must rock to have such insane followings.
Make it happen, Hollywood. It’s brilliant. It’s the best idea I’ve had since . . . well, that last time.