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Echo Echoing

by M.G. Siegler

 

Hollywood braces for a summer box office sequel it doesn't want — franchise fatigue

www.latimes.com

Ryan Faughnder:

The upcoming “Transformers: The Last Knight” — which incorporates the legend of King Arthur into its mythology -- originated from a gathering of writers on the Paramount lot to hatch ideas for an expanded cinematic universe based on the Hasbro toys. Paramount and director Michael Bay have touted the new camera rigs Bay used to film the movie in Imax 3-D.

I mean, has there ever been a more contrived film? Even more amazing is the awful timing: another, actual King Arthur movie is coming out this summer as well. This just about sums it up:

“Man, this is depressing,” one prominent producer, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect studio relationships, said of the summer lineup. “It is just entirely sequels and franchises, and something’s got to give.”

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