Disney has been a part of this trend since the 90's when they started mass producing direct-to-home-video sequels to their classic animated features. It can be agreed that most of these turned out quite mediocre and have since been kind of pushed under the rug. However Disney sequels were not always a thing, as we all know Walt would rather work on the next big thing than linger on a sequel. But I think that sort of thinking has long gone, and now Disney is one of the best examples of sequel/remake culture in films.
First off, Oz The Great and Powerful, as I'm sure you've heard, is a backstory of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. This is also not the first backstory of Oz, as Wicked accomplished that already. Do we need backstories to every character in a classic film? You know my answer.
A sequel for Finding Nemo and Monsters University, a prequel to Monsters Inc., has been announced as well, to accompany the Pixar sequels of Toy Story and Cars.
Then there is the Pirates of the Carribbean line of films, which has announced its 5th movie starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. (For me Pirates ended with the 3rd as we lost some of the series' most likable characters).
Moving along we address the Marvel universe, which is also Disney owned, and you've got Iron Man 2 and 3, Captain America 2, Thor 2, and The Avengers 2 either out or being released in the near future. It's unclear how many sequels this franchise will pump out because the end seems nowhere in sight.
And then of course Disney just acquired LucasFilm and immediately announced the continuation of the Star Wars series, starting with a seventh movie.
Let's talk about some remakes. Disney has since made revamped versions of a few of their older classics, Flubber, The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and The Shaggy Dog among them.
|Double trouble! A sequel and a remake!|
There is also the Tim Burton directed live action Alice in Wonderland, The Lone Ranger remake, and a live action backstory to Sleeping Beauty called Maleficent to come out in the future.
I could go on regarding other studios' involvement in the sequel and remake culture of today but decided to stick with Disney. I also realize sequels and remakes have been happening for quite a while and aren't a new concept, but as I said before it's the phenomenon of expectation that I'm speaking of.
I'm very open to comments on this. I love hearing other points of view or examples even though I'm clearly biased :)