Image Credit: Laurie SparhamIn 2005, Harvey and Bob Weinstein left Miramax and corporate parent Disney to found The Weinstein Company. Now, after a failed attempt to buy Miramax back, the Brothers Weinstein are returning to the company they founded… sort of. According to a press release, Miramax and the Weinstein Company will partner to create sequels to “some of Miramax’s best-known properties … the first films to be produced under the agreement will be sequels to Bad Santa, Rounders, and Shakespeare in Love.”

Now, this sounds bananas. Well, Bad Santa 2 could be fun, but the moment for a Rounders 2 probably passed when the early-’00s poker craze died off, and you have to figure that Gwyneth Paltrow has not exactly been waiting around for a Shakespeare in Love sequel. More to the point, neither of those films seem to really scream “necessary sequel.” That’s also true of the list of potential projects listed later in the press release: Bridget Jones’s Diary, Cop Land, From Dusk Till Dawn, Swingers, Clerks, Shall We Dance, and The Amityville Horror. A few of those films already have (terrible) sequels, and as excited as I am by the prospect of a Clerks trilogy, the notion of Cop Land 2: Even Chubbier or Shall We Dance?: Yes We Shall! is just confusing. Also, there already was a Swingers 2, and it was called Every Dude Comedy of the Last Decade. And, more specifically, The Hangover.

It would be wrong, however, to dismiss “Miramax Sequel Inc.” out of hand. There could be an interesting Shakespeare in Love 2 idea out there. (Perhaps the two lovers meet again toward the end of the Bard’s life, as he’s writing The Tempest?) More to the point, this could give the Weinsteins the chance to rewrite history a little bit. If I could point them to one specific property, it would be 54. Released in 1998, the film was a campy curiosity, a proto-Burlesque with Ryan Phillippe in the Xtina role. But 54 could have been so much more – as chronicled by EW in an in-depth feature, the movie was hacked and reshot to pieces. Given a bit more care and attention, a 54 remake could really be something special.

That’s my two cents, PopWatchers. What do you think? Are there any Miramax movies that you think demand a sequel? Would you see She’s STILL All That or The English Patient Goes To Japan? Anyone want to defend the idea of Four Rooms 2: Room Service? Sound off below!

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