I just came across an article that apparently fans at Comic Con are going around getting people to sign a petition to make a John Carter 2….
Here’s the thing: I enjoyed John Carter. It was fine. Good, even. Too long and a bit much but I enjoyed it and it didn’t deserve the reputation it’s garnered so unjustly. With that said, I’m completely fine with there never being another John Carter. There will be. Of course there’ll be. It’s Disney’s new Tron, in a way, and in 30 years we’ll get a sequel. But even though the ending set up for one, it doesn’t mean we need or deserve one. Nor should we want one.
These days, fans always get what they want. The biggest example I can remember is the fans of Chuck saving the show for a final season. More recently, Arrested Development, Cougar Town, Community and other shows and movies have been given sequels or more seasons than they deserve. I mean, I love all the shows listed above but I was completely fine with Cougar Town and Community ending with 3 fantastic seasons. And I don’t know how I’ll feel about more Arrested Development when those 3 seasons are already so perfect. What this comes to, though, is another example of the North American public wanting more than they deserve, need or should have.
What’s wrong in having 3 seasons of a show? What’s wrong with just having one movie to remember things by? I’ve been saying forever that they should make a sequel to Hocus Pocus. And, well, they finally listened to me. News broke last week that Hocus Pocus 2: The Elderwitch (this title is fantastic) is in the very early stages of development. I love this news, of course, it’s great news and it should’ve happened a while ago. But the thing here is that this is a natural sequelization. There was no online petition. This simply came about because Disney noticed how well Hocus Pocus does each year in DVD sales and TV airings and it was the most obvious film at the bottom of the barrel to make a sequel out of. With that said and my excitement aside, I was always completely content with just having one Hocus Pocus, 3 seasons of Arrested Development, and so on.
This is not the case of another Batman movie or another Spider-Man movie, where the story of Superhero is eternal and timeless and is always in fashion (and also where the idea of a sequel is much more natural). No. This is the story of giving more to things that don’t necessarily call for more and where the fans have started to take too much control.