More sequels are on the horizon

  • "Freddy vs. Jason," opens Aug. 15

Outlook: Ten stabs at "Friday the 13th," seven trips to "A Nightmare on Elm Street." So that would make this Part 18? Maybe these '80s relics can still carve out a niche, but signs aren't good: This one has been on the shelf since the invention of the switchblade.

  • "The Whole Ten Yards," opens 2004

Outlook: The epitome of the sequel scourge: "The Whole Nine Yards" was strictly formula fare. But it didn't cost much and it topped the $50 million box-office mark. So let's make another one.

  • "Spider-Man II," opens 2004

Outlook: The first one had the built-in advantage of a popular comics franchise. But there's another reason it did so well: It was a good movie. And with Pulitzer-winning novelist Michael Chabon onboard as the sequel screenwriter, Part 2 may be even better.

  • "Shrek 2," opens 2004

Outlook: Part 1 made some long green, so a sequel was a foregone conclusion (even though DreamWorks generally stays clear of the sequel biz). But "Shrek" was so nice and self-contained. And this one sounds like a rehash of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."

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