Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Biz as Usual: “Cruella,” “A Quiet Place” Will Be Back in 2023, “Mare” Will Get a Sequel When the Dough Is Sorted Out


I have to LOL when I read these trade reports of “surprise” sequels. Or whether a hit show will get a second season when the doors have been left open and hurricane winds are blowing in.

So “Cruella” will be back in 2023, Disney announces. Uh huh, it was planned as a trilogy and unless number II completely bombs we’ll see a third film. This is how these things are planned in the first place. Emma Stone didn’t go into it thinking just one movie and she was done.

This might have been the case for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” if people had liked the movie. Alden Ehrenreich was all set to become a franchise star. But there was so much negative sentiment, no one will come back for more.

“A Quiet Place Part 3” we’ll see in March 2023. It was always planned. Part 2 ended on a cliffhanger and was clearly a bridge to a finale. Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy have to get together, the aliens must be defeated, and so on. The only difference here is that John Krasinski is turning over the project to director Jeff Nichols. I’m surprised Krasinski isn’t finishing the trilogy, since this is his idea. Maybe this is a one off before the trilogy is finished. Anything to extend the life of the series.

As for “Mare of Easttown,” HBO is now saying exactly what it said when “Big Little Lies” finished and everyone wanted a sequel. The whole let’s see if there’s an idea thing is a fake off until the money is sorted out for this incredible to success to return with the same creative people. But they will do it, and “Mare” will be back before us at least by 2023. There’s plenty of life left in those characters. But wait til those Emmys come rolling in. Salaries will be renegotiated.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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