Hollywood has a problem with comedy sequels: It can’t seem to stop making them. Last week Warner Bros. announced that “The Hangover Part III” would hit theaters on May 24, 2013. On April 6 another formulaic franchise gets its fourth outing in “American Reunion.”
Sequels aren’t just limited to the hits. Broken Lizard, the troupe behind 2001’s “Super Troopers,” says it’s close to reviving that cult favorite. “Wet Hot American Summer,” which brought in less than $300,000 at the box office in 2001 but had a second life on DVD, may also get a new act.
But why mess with the magic of two films made more than a decade ago? Kevin Smith returned to the well with “Clerks II” in 2006 — 12 years after the original. All that did was make people question why they liked “Clerks” in the first place.
At least “Bridesmaids” star Kirsten Wiig realizes there isn’t a reason — beyond making money — to film “Bridesmaids 2.” “We had a special time making the first one, but we’re really excited to try something else,” she told E! in January.
Then again, 10 years from now she might have second thoughts.