Top 10 Sequel-Makers in Movies

Sean_Victorydawn By Sean_Victorydawn, 11th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is a Top-10 countdown list for movie fans, which is a final product of my long time researches and collections of information. Without getting into so much detail, I briefly put the title of the movie after mentioning its creator. The top 10 list of all time hit sequels. But especially the sequels that produced on account of the first movie's success in profit-making.


Did you know that the most successful(in gross revenue, in number of awards, in most widely acclaimed recognition) film sequels are the ones that aren't originally created to be sequels?

And there aren't many of these gems... But here is a compilation of Top-10 biggest profit-making first sequel film scripts, which aren't initially produced to become a sequel, but ended up being one. Each time a spec-script has a new sequel in series, depending on the profits earned by that new sequel, the writer(s) earn(s) more credit and a higher rank:
(10 being the lowest rank , 1 being the highest rank)

10- Garrett Fort & Francis Edward Faragoh 's "Frankenstein" (followed by The Bride of Frankenstein")
9- Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (followed by "Silence of the Lambs")
8- John A. Russo's "Night of the Living Dead" (followed by "Dawn of the Dead")
7- Kim Krizan & Richard Linklater 's "Before Sunrise" (followed by "Before Sunset")
6- Maurice Richlin's "The Pink Panther" (followed by "A Shot in the Dark")
5- Bob Gale's "Back to the Future" (followed by Back to the Future II")
4- Dan O'Bannon 's "Alien" (followed by "Aliens")
3- James Cameron & Gale Anne Hurd 's "The Terminator" (followed by "The Terminator II")
2- Andy & Lana Wachowski 's "The Matrix" (followed by "Matrix Reloaded")
1- Mario Puzo & Francis Ford Coppola 's "The Godfather" (followed by "The Godfather II")

Divulging Point: Making It Happen

Any experienced moviemaker knows that obeying all the right filming or right writing rules never can take a film to a desired success point ; but instead the movies which only obey a few rules while ignoring others have more potential to become a hit.

And here are the top-3 rules those above 10 movies shared together putting into a higher priority against other rules to be followed:
(3 being the least important, 1 being the most)

3- Write a strong and everlasting conflict, so strong and so everlasting that even at the end of the movie, the hero is not quiet satisfied, and the villain hasn't given up yet...
2- Write two strong and enduring characters, so strong and so enduring that the villain is never beaten, and the hero is never given up...
1- Write one hell of a strong and never-ever-to-be-forgotten ending, so strong and so unforgettable that whoever sees that ending can't pull himself together without thinking "what's gonna happen next" after the closing credits, so he'd aim for making a sequel for a continuation to that ending... This is exactly what happens to the second-sequel producers, when they see a sequel-maker gem.

Whereas any writer in the business knows that, whether it's publishing a novel or submitting a spec-script to an authority, the most crucial parts are the opening and the moment when a story starts to evolve around a hero.

And even so, as I said earlier, these 3 rules are not necessarily the best 3 rules. But they prove one thing for sure that: Obeying a few rules instead of obeying them all has a higher chance of achievement, as long as you stay relevant to the premise.



Characters, Conflict, Gross Revenue, Movie Ending, Movies, Opening, Sequels, Spec Scripts, Top 10

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Cihan, mid-senior level experienced publicist and production coordinator, works for the local Ottawa media production company Victorydawn Pictures since 2012.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Sep 2013 (#)

Thank you for sharing this information

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