Sequels have a concept that standalone movies don’t: the continuation of a story. Referencing Gustav Freytag’s Pyramid of Plot Structure, the plot of any story ends with a conclusion, where all loose ends and conflicts are tied up and resolved. This can make it difficult for a sequel to generate a compelling plot based on a story that is already resolved in the previous installment. Therefore, writing good sequels tend to be a more difficult task than writing a standalone feature.
A film’s lovable characters are just one concept of many that must be used wisely to make a good movie, which includes the sequel.
Screenwriter and script reader Ken Miyamoto of Screen Craft stated, “There’s no need to re-introduce the characters or the concept in the opening pages because we have the original films for that. All screenwriters need to do is to take things forward and embrace the core characters and concepts, throw more conflict at them, and take the audience for another great ride.”
Some remakes, like the Beauty and the Beast live action, which was well received by others, have been considered a success, while others, such as The Lion King, have been said to lack the charm the original brought.
Remakes are unique in that they act not as a sequel nor an original.
Their characters are familiar but refined or refreshed. The need for a remake can come several reasons, such as if the original being of outdated or poor quality. This can give a modern, unique spin to an already-known story.
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