Ah the sequel, the once unique idea that has become a ubiquitous Hollywood mainstay. Next to the big-budget remake, sequels often produce some of the most mind-searingly turdtastic travesties committed to celluloid. But then comes news that a project called Hamlet 2 will be bowing at Sundance: “In this rambunctious comedy, a high school drama teacher injects love and passion for theatre into his students by creating a musical sequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.” It stars Steve Coogan and Amy Poehler, so ostensibly its will be funny. If it succeeds at Sundance (and if you can make it there, you can make it to worldwide distribution and huge DVD revenues) what other titles by the Bard could get the ironic sequel treatment?
- Two Gentlemen of Verona and a Baby. Valentine and Proteus have their skirt-chasing ways disrupted when a baby is left on the doorstep of their bachelor pad. With the help of their able-bodied servants, can these two gadabouts shape up and care for their new charge?
- Merry Wives of Windsor 2: Trophy Wives. Recent divorcees Mistress Page and Mistress Ford are eager to get back at their exes with the help of an old friend: John Falstaff (played by Tom Arnold).
- The Tempest 2: Climate in Crisis. In this animated feature, Prospero (voiced by Al Gore) once again picks up his magic staff in an effort to stop the melting of the ice caps, assisted by Caliban and Whiteout the polar bear.
- Othello 2: The Moor the Merrier. Technically a prequel, the film delves into Othello’s early years with his family, including the flatulent matriarch, Mama O. Hilarity ensues when Othello brings his girlfriend Desdemona home to meet the folks. All characters played by Eddie Murphy, natch.