24Jan/110

Sequel: The Sequel!

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As an adult writer, I write to give my ideas and fantasies life. As a child writer, I did it to continue stories I loved and wanted more of. Our fourth grade teacher once read our class Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great by Judy Blume and I wasn’t satisfied thinking the story was over at the last page, so I set out to write the next adventure. Sure, I didn’t get very far, but that wasn’t the point. Endings don’t exist to a child.

I even started writing the script for the third “Star Wars” movie after I saw “The Empire Strikes Back” and actually still have those handwritten pages. Was it a particularly good story? No, but I can tell you with some amount of pride that there weren’t any Ewoks! It probably comes as no surprise either that George Lucas has never given me a call asking about it.

And when I started my “b” movie and horror movie kick in the early 80s, it opened me up to a whole slew of sequel ideas. The “Friday the 13th”s kept coming and if it hadn’t been for sending Jason to hell, then outer space and, finally, the reboot, I’d always wanted a crack at writing the 13th film. I was 14 at the time I decided this, but I thought it was a worthy dream for my age then.

I’ve even still toyed around with writing a sequel to the Linda Blair vigilante flick, “Savage Streets.” There’s nothing hotter than a dame with an attitude and a crossbow! And you just imagine an updated, rock/metal version of John Farhnam’s song, Justice For One?

I approached director Charles Band (creator of many, many, many b-movies) a few years ago and ran the idea of letting me write a sequel in novel form for “Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn” or “Trancers.” Seriously, imagine how much fun you could have writing a continuation of an already “b” status story. The bar would automatically be lowered and the author could have a blast playing with the genre and taking the characters on a whole new adventures.

Alas, Charles Band never responded to the idea. I think it would have been a fun project, though.

I could have been happy having a career of writing sequels to “Megaforce,” “Spacehunter,” “Infra-Man,” Johnny Sokko & His Flying Robot, Ultra-Man (the film reboot several years ago wasn’t bad at all) and so many others, but I’ll suffice with developing my own ideas. Perhaps the greatest form of flattery will happen to me one day and someone will ask to write a continuation to one of my stories.

Maybe.

Have any of you ever had a story or film you wanted to see more of?

 

ORIGINAL RESPONSES

Justice says:
January 24, 2011 at 7:32 am
You iknow, people usually say “ah I feel so old” but this post makes me so young. real young! aside from the Star Wars movie and the Freddy movies, I have no clue what they are. Is that Jared Leto one available? Wait. His last name is Leto. That one was called Jared Sin or something.

Kage, if you keep plugging away, I am sure you will find someone willing to take a chance to write your infamous B movied remake of a b-MOVIE Remake

Merchant and Ivory always found money to produce their crap too! Not really, they are amongst some of the best of the years in those years (Just NOT Anericam)

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Dorien Grey says:
January 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm
But now that you’re an established writer, you have the luxury of writing sequels to your own books. You’re already off to a good start. As Captain Piquard (do you count the various Star Trek franchise as possibilities for sequels?) would say: “Make it so.”

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Jonathan says:
January 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm
I do know that I did have that feeling although right now, I cannot recall the movies I had wanted so bad a sequel. Was it Pretty Woman?

Anyway, I want a sequel, not necessarily to a B movie, to Latter Days and Beautiful Thing. And counting TV series, QAF.

P/S: What’s wrong with ewoks??

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Kage says:
January 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Glad I could make you feel young, Justice. Sure wish somebody would make me feel that way once in a while.

@Dorien Patrick Stewart would like a word with you, sir. lol

@Jonathan I would have loved to have seen a sequel to Beautiful Thing! I once read an interview with the author of that and he said that he never imagined the relationship would have lasted longer than a few months. Was not thrilled by that. And Ewoks suck!

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Pam says:
January 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm
I’m with Jonathan, not so much a sequel to QAF more like a better wrap up or a revisitation a few years later. (Um, guess that would be a sequel, eh?) I sat there after the last episode going WTF!!! Diffinitely need a sequel to Latter Days, with better writing this time around hopefully. However there are a ton of books out there I would love to see made into movies or series. Lanyon’s Adrien English books or Banis’s Deadly Series. Ah, well I can’t ever see that happening. We got one gay detective series so I suppose it’s wishful thinking we would get another.

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Kage says:
January 29, 2011 at 8:58 am
Pam, did you ever give author Dorien Grey a try? He has two wonderful detective series out there. The one I’m most fond of right now is the Elliot Smith Mysteries.

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Kristoffer Gair (who formerly wrote under the pseudonym Kage Alan) is the Detroit-based author of Honor Unbound, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To My Sexual Orientation, Andy Stevenson Vs. The Lord Of The Loins, Gaylias: Operation Thunderspell, several short stories featured in anthologies (to be combined in a forthcoming book), the novella Falling Awake (also to be re-published under his real name), and the upcoming Falling Awake II: Revenant.

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