When the buzz surrounding “The Hangover Part II” began to gain traction last fall, the film’s producer, Joe Weisberg, told The Hollywood Reporter that “The Hateful Eight” was the next step in his plan to “turn this movie into a franchise.”
And in April, Universal Pictures, which produced “The Last Jedi,” released “The Greatest Hits” that will be available on digital platforms starting with “The Bad Batch” this month.
And as “The Best Man Holiday” opens in theaters this month, the director, Alex Proyas, will be in the mix for “The Great Beauty.”
The filmmaker, whose credits include “The Good Shepherd,” is working on the sequel to his “The Hunger Games” trilogy, which was recently released on Blu-ray.
But he’s not the only one in the know.
Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures have teamed up to produce and distribute “The Worst of Me” on Blu to be released in 2017, as well as a limited edition version of the “Best of” Blu-Ray to be available in stores.
(Legendary also released the first version of “The Dark Knight Rises” on home video in 2016.)
It’s all part of the company’s push to make “The Next Big Thing” a “franchise.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Times last week, Proyos said “We are all about making movies that are ‘the next big thing.'”
While “The Most Dangerous Woman in Hollywood” will be the first of the five “Hateful Eight”-related movies to be distributed, he told THR that there are also “other films in the works” that could be released next year.
And that’s not all.
Proyons next project, “The Bachelorette,” is also being eyed.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the filmmaker said that he had been working on a script for two years.
He said he has a script with his wife that he has been writing for over a year.
But when asked if it would include a sequel, he replied, “I don’t know yet.
I don’t have a schedule for that yet.”
“I hope I’ll be doing some movies in the future,” he added.
But the filmmaker told the magazine that he was “very busy right now” and would not be releasing any more “Hate Me, Love Me” movies “because I’m very busy.”
“That was the big takeaway of ‘The Hangovers’ for me: I wanted to have the freedom to do these movies,” Proyaws said.
“We don’t want to be tied down to anything.
If you’re making something, you can do whatever you want.
We just have to do it right.”
“We’re doing our best to be as independent as possible, and I don.
We’re doing a lot of independent stuff.
We have this one in a couple of months,” he said.
The filmmaker also addressed speculation that his “Hollywood” films could be rebooted.
“I’ve never had any discussions about re-shooting ‘The Most Deadly Girl in America,’ ” he said, when asked whether he would revisit the character in the next “Handyman” film.
“No, I think it’s kind of the last film of its kind.”