If you ask the average movie-goer what they don’t like about Hollywood movies, they are likely to mention the seemingly endless production of sequels, prequels and spin-offs.
Last week, a filmmaker asked me how common these were among independent movies. I didn’t know offhand, so I decided to find out.
I used my database of all feature films made in the past twenty years (1999-2018) and set about discovering which were derived from other films.How often are independent films derived from a previous film?
Across all independent films produced in the past two decades, just under 7% were derived from a previous feature film in some way.
Action, Adventure and Fantasy films were the most likely to be following on from a previous film, …