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QUICK, name a recent major Hollywood film that’s not a sequel, nor based on a toy, book, TV series or cartoon. It’s tricky, isn’t it? While franchises and follow-ups have been a long tradition in Hollywood, many recent sequels have been especially lazy: Did 2009 really need Transformers 2, The Pink Panther 2 or a fourth (yes, fourth) Fast and the Furious?
The rush to capitalise on recent successes seems to get exponentially faster: New Moon, for example, hit cinemas less than a year after Twilight, and The Pirates of the Caribbean sequels were filmed back-to-back. But in this rush, promising follow-ups are often left behind.
If film-makers insist on returning to the well, here are some neglected franchises with true potential . . .