While studio executives around LA hammer out the next big series, artists at the iam8bit gallery in Echo Park are envisioning some sequels that never actually made it to the silver screen.
The show is called Sequel and it plays perfectly on the imagination. Movies from “Barbarella” to Pixar’s “Up” get full treatment.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis took a tour of the show with iam8bit co-owners Jon M. Gibson and Amanda White, and talked with them about the movie industry’s sometimes unhealthy obsession with turning successful movies into franchises.
“That’s the whole conceit of the show, is the idea of sequels being something that are very fatigued in Hollywood these days, and the movies that we actually wouldn’t mind seeing sequels to often don’t get them,” Gibson said. “But then, that also poses the question, should those movies get sequels?”
The show invited 40 artists from around the world to create movie posters for fictional sequels to “Blade Runner,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” and many others.
“I think, at the very least, people in the movie industry will come to learn about potential artists, designers, people they can work with to design future movie posters for them,” White said.