From The Avengers to The Dark Knight Rises to The Amazing Spider-Man, this summer was chock full of properties that marked everything from the beginning of a new franchise to the conclusion of another. While all of the aforementioned films spurred a hefty take on the box office, there was one major surprise that may being a seeing a quicker return than any other franchise property.
In the US, some found it amusing when The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel went head-to-head with Joss Whedon‘s blockbuster in early May but John Madden‘s geriatric drama went on to be one of the most profitable films of the summer, taking in over $130 million at the worldwide box office on a budget of less than $10 million.
Now Vulture reports that likely won’t be the last we’ll see of Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and even Dev Patel. Fox Searchlight have reportedly set screenwriter of the original, Ol Parker, to bring them a treatment for a sequel script. There is even word that the main cast all want to return, but no details where this story of a retirement home in India could head.
As we’ve seen — and Vulture outlines to great detail — Hollywood is on an uptick with movies being targeted for the over 50 crowd, reportedly the fast-growing demographic. At first glance a sequel seems a bit preposterous considering the stand-alone nature of the first film, but with all the shoddy blockbusters Hollywood churns out, why not give this genre a chance? If the entire Hotel cast is still with us then, I can see another Madden vs. Whedon face-off come May 2015.
Are you clamoring for a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel?
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Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
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