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Friday Five: Terrible “New Directions”

sequelIn recent years, I have noticed a new phrase used by those in Hollywood: “new direction”.  From my understanding, “new direction” means that the producers of a film series want to continue it, but want to do something very different in order to keep the series fresh for audiences.  A lot of things can fall underneath this definition from replacing actors/characters to changing the style/tone.  The Batman series has undergone this a lot and a good recent example would be the Jason Bourne franchise.  Sometimes, it is successful.  Most of the time…not as much.

Today, as a fun creative exercise, I want look at five films/film series and predict truly terrible “new directions” for them.

Taken 3
Going in a new direction, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) encounters a female former CIA operative who has just as many skills as he does.  This time around, the thing that gets taken….is Mills’s heart.  There could be a parallel subplot following Kim (Maggie Grace) and her new boyfriend.

The Hangover: Part IV
Going in a new direction, the Wolf Pack goes on a mountain climbing excursion.  However tragedy strikes when Alan (Zack Galifianakis) trips, and he gets his arm lodged between two outcroppings of stone while literally hanging over 500 feet from ground.  While Doug (Justin Bartha) runs back down the mountain to get help, Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) debate whether cutting Alan’s arm off would save him or cause him to plummet to his death.

In Space, No One Can Hear You Die Hard
Going in a new direction, John McClane (Bruce Willis) wins a trip on a commercial space flight.  What he doesn’t know is that terrorists from the planet Oonox have seized the spacecraft, loaded it with a nuclear weapon, and plan to destroy the moon.   McClane only has a few hours to disarm the nuke and save the moon (which his daughter happens to be on).

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Again
Going in a new direction, music superstar Justin Bieber (played by himself) is recruited by an elite spy agency trained to become a ruthless killer.  Hiding under guise of his pop-culture persona, Bieber travels the world eliminating targets deemed a threat to national security.

Home Alone 6
Going in a new direction, an adult Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) lives a sad and lonely life.  With most of his family dead from a tragic Christmas accident years ago, he spends his days sitting around his apartment managing his internet-based company.  Upon hearing his old adversaries Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) have been released from jail, Kevin invites them to live with him in an attempt to no longer live home alone.

Bonus One!

The Expendables 3
Going in a new direction, Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) tasks Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team to voyage to Mars to prevent an alien invasion led by the Lizard King (Nicolas Cage).  [Author’s Note: I would probably see this]

What do you think?  Can you come up with some terrible “new direction” ideas to extend a film series past their natural endings?

~N

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