What do you do when you have a hit film on your hands? If you’re Hollywood, the immediate answer is: Make another one! Make a third! Make it a franchise! Flog it to death! But, as many of this spring’s hotly anticipated second acts have failed to fly – The Huntsman: Winter's War, Zoolander 2 and X-Men: Apocalypse all performed poorly at the box office – studios are growing twitchy that the summer’s slate of follow-ups, including Independence Day: Resurgence, the new all-female Ghostbusters, and Star Trek Beyond, may not live up to the legend of their movie DNA.
It doesn’t have to be this way though; second bites don’t necessarily leave a bad taste. Some sequels have actually improved upon the (already mighty) original. We at MR PORTER invite you to ruminate on the following, for example: