Saturday, October 4, 2008
Sequels are great for studios, bad for your reputation. When you direct an amazing movie it's tempting to follow up on that story. The marketing will be easy because you have fans.
But these fans aren't your fans. They're fans of the story. Star Wars fans are not George Lucas fans. They love the original 3 movies, the books, the story, the characters, the ships, etc.
Sequels don't sustain careers. Let me repeat that, sequels don't sustain careers. The greatest directors have left projects with sequels. They make the first great movie, then leave it. They move on to the next great story. Everything else is marketing.
Always get to that next project. This goes for every artistic player: actor, director, writer. Never get stuck working on a sequel unless you're goddamn certain it's The Dark Knight.