Oh, enough with the wounded tone, 4496. I've quoted you in the body of my posts, fer cryin' out loud. Like there was ever any doubt.
This isn't about industry status (which I most assuredly do not have), or about me being a cynic (which, when it comes to movie, I most certainly am not), but rather about resisting lowest common denomenator filmmaking. Follow me for a second here.....
Universal has a product they would like to sell you that has been rushed through the assembly line with little or no quality control. All they have is a personality -- The Rock -- and some Z-Team ILM eye candy with which to draw you in. If this were an automobile, it'd be an Edsel. (I'm hot on the car analogies today, aren't I?) And by paying to see this, as Russell so ably pointed out, you're ensuring that more *cynically* conceived tripe of this order will be churned out by the dream factory, rather than, say, three or four modestly budgeted flicks with far better scripts that could be just as entertaining, and maybe twice as profitable when it's all said and done.
But Universal (the studio that destroyed the CONAN series the first time around) is, understandably, banking on a franchise here, and if they get a $50 million-plus opening weekend, THE SCORPION KING 2 gets greenlighted, no matter how big the second-week drop-off will be. What most distresses me, and why I've really taken such a virulently anti-SK stance, is that I think there are plenty of other worthwhile tentpole properties Universal could be developing (after all, these are the geniuses who put the kibosh on Jackson's clever KING KONG remake several years ago), but rather than engaging in a slightly riskier, if potentially more rewarding, gamble, they've settled on The Rock (and Sommers) out of mere convenience. And they've put next-to-no effort into crafting something that will truly entrhall audiences. They just want to mug you at the gate, and get on with the business of building an amusement park attraction. What do we get in exchange? *Another* property pimping CGI sandstorms and scarab beetles, and, when the franchise begins to cool after one sequel, another reason to not make CONAN THE KING.
It just seems to me a waste of resources; plus, I don't think the ROI is going to be all that impressive. Just typical, lazy Hollywood filmmaking, and it's a shame to see people line up to support it.