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HOW TO PITCH A SEQUEL AND GO VIRAL WITH IT

by James Murphy

TRAINWRECK SEQUEL PITCH VIRAL VIDEO

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We’ve all done it. You know: played THAT game. ‘Pitch me a Sequel’. My favourites are the ones where a sequel seems all but impossible. Give me TAXI DRIVER 2. FIGHT CLUB: THE RETURN (yes I know there’s a book but even so; still impossible to pitch?). Then the endless variations on a franchise. DIE HARD: WITH A PENSION. JAMES BOND TAKES A DAY OFF: LICENCE TO CHILL. Etc.

I think you all know about my precise feelings on how to do INDIANA JONES 5? Cast Harrison Ford as Abner Ravenwood: a kind of antagonist to young Indy but not the big bad or reduced to pipe and slippers flashback /mentor. Allow for  Jennifer Lawrence as Marion. Assume Chris Pratt  IS the new guy in the hat and will be great but don’t rule out Bradley Cooper, Tom Hardy et al. Have a Biblical macguffin like the Book of Job or Eden. Throw in College cults, Nazis, snakes /spiders/ sharks /action – adventure /archaeology etc. Oh and Spielberg MUST direct and give it that Raiders of the Lost Ark /Minority Report sense of playful darkness and atmospheric pace. Still feel good fun but not TRYING so hard to be ‘nice’ or ‘family’ oriented.

Still not convinced of my sequel genius? Fair enough.

I once pitched a sequel to LOVE ACTUALLY. Seriously. I called it LOVE, POSSIBLY. Like all sequels nowadays there was an element of shared universe / further sequel sewing. It would go ‘darker’, before opening a third movie LOVE, DEFINITELY! It sounds funny in retrospect. But I still like my main idea of a strong focus on Hugh Grant’s Prime Minister, facing retirement from Office and a decline in his popularity, having come to power on a wave of glory. I suggested a new romance with the President of the USA (‘someone Hugh has not played against yet. Nicole Kidman?’). Anyway, they were very nice about it. Cue a seven year correspondence that has been one of the highlights of my cinematic /social life.

Failing that? Lets see how you REALLY pitch a sequel. In this latest viral video. En route to the premiere of TRAINWRECK, Lebron James pitches sequel ideas to Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow and Bill Hader.

We hope this DOES get fast-tracked to pre-production. Part one is certainly worth a watch and it would certainly be refreshing to see a sequel made to a movie that is neither a 1980s childhood favourite being resurrected nor a pre-planned in advance, processed and packaged super-hero franchise. Whatever your stance, no doubt you’ll enjoy both the movie, TRAINWRECK and this special treat of a sequel pitch!

ENJOY!

Trainwreck: The Sequel Starring Amy Schumer And LeBron James, But Not Bill Hader from Judd Apatow


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