Universal Pictures has sequels on the mind.
The studio did well this summer, with Ted performing great and The Bourne Legacy doing okay, all things considered. That’s why it should come as no surprise that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke told analysts at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference (via Deadline) that the studio plans to turn its standout properties into franchises. Specifically, he said Universal wants to make “as many franchises as we can.”
That starts by pumping out a “Ted 2 as soon as we can.” We’re sure Seth MacFarlane has a clause in his contract stipulating he needs to make a sequel if asked, and Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis would likely be back for another go as well. Burke also said “you’ll see future Bourne films” following The Bourne Legacy, even though that movie didn’t perform especially well when compared to the Matt Damon installments.
Also on the horizon are more American Pie movies, more sequels to Despicable Me and even more Fast and Furious films. Despicable Me already has a direct sequel and a spinoff, so we’re curious to see how far Universal will go with the property. Fast and the Furious, on the other hand, is up to film six in the series and continues to go strong, so no surprises there that it will live on to see another day.
Another interesting comment Burke made is that Universal plans to ramp up the animated movies they produce. Pixar has long dominated the genre, but Despicable Me did incredibly well when it was released in 2010 and showed Universal that it had a chance to thrive as well. Burke said that they plan to “go from making one film every 18 months to making two a year.” We’ll be intrigued to see where they go next from supervillains and cute minions.