Bill Bellamy Says “The Brothers II” Is In The Works, But Do We Need Yet Another Sequel?
In an interview with the always informative folks of Shadow and Act, Shemar Moore and Bill Bellamy discussed the upcoming film, The Bounce Back (which both men star in and Moore used crowdfunding sites to help finance), the comeback of the romantic comedy, and according to Bellamy, the sequel to The Brothers that they’re working on. He claims that all the men in the original (including Morris Chestnut and D.L. Hughley) will return:
“The Brothers II is on deck, we already have the script and we’ve got all the guys. So now it’s about budget and when we’re going to go into production. So we’ll see. I think work begets work and once people start seeing you they’re like,’There go Bill and Shemar, they’re doing the damn thing.'”
To be honest, I saw The Brothers once and thought it was just…okay. But it seems that it had enough of a following to get people excited about a sequel. The following behind such movies, old and new, and the lack of chances Hollywood gives for new black films, are what keep the sequel train going. If you don’t believe me, let me remind you of this: Along with The Brothers, there will possibly be a sequel to Love Jones, School Daze (Spike had also at one point mulled over the idea of a He Got Game sequel), a third installment to The Best Man franchise, and of course, Think Like A Man Too comes out this Friday. Not to mention the way too many mainstream movies that have been greenlit for sequels. Seriously, do we need a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding? It was a cute movie, but dang…
Some sequels improve upon the original, or they’re just as good as their predecessors (I did thoroughly enjoy The Best Man Holiday). But many others are clearly made just for the money and receive eye rolls when brought up in conversation (all the Men In Black sequels, The Hangover joints, and Sex and the City 2). Hollywood has been beating dead horses when it comes to film sequels for many years, just think of all the horror film sequels, but it seems as though there is more of a reliance than ever on sequels and remakes. There is a true creative block and a comfort in sticking to what’s safe…and what can make quite a few millions easily. Add a few new cast members or flip the setting to somewhere exotic, and make something wild or dramatic happen, and there is the script. There’s a common recipe to these productions, and at this point, for many people, myself included, it’s all a little tired. There are some great storytellers out here telling original stories, online and in independent films, who really deserve a shot at bringing them to a larger audience. And some of the talented folks in a lot of these sequels (I’m looking at you Mr. Chestnut) deserve the chance to branch out in their roles.
But despite my disdain for trying to bring a film back from the dead when it was made more than a decade ago (or in the case of School Daze, more than 25 years ago), there seems to be big audiences for them, so clearly they don’t need to completely come to an end. And if you want to keep it all the way real, I’m aware that Hollywood is very selective when it comes to bringing a lot of black films to the big screen. What’s easier to greenlight then a sequel that already has a fan base and is assured to make money? And even then, such films are only given a chance after it’s proven that similar films and sequels before it are successful. As Taye Diggs put it recently:
“Unfortunately, the business is such that as far as studios are concerned, they judge one quote-unquote black movie on how other ‘black’ movies have done, even if they have nothing to do with each other.
We’ve definitely come a long way. But we’ve got a long way to go. It’s too bad we can’t do well on our own merit when it comes to the studios. They don’t like to take risks and, unfortunately, we’re still considered a huge risk, even though I don’t think we are.”
But I can appreciate the risks, the movies with original ideas that is, and there are audiences for those films too. Maybe that’s why I spend more time watching independent movies at small theaters, and documentaries and foreign films on Netflix than I do trying to watch spin-off movies, sequels and remakes in huge overcrowded (and way too cold) theaters. So until the big dogs in Hollywood start loosening up and giving unique, new tales a chance, sequels is just about all we’re going to see.
So, with that said, who’s ready for The Brothers II?