There’s a New Yorker cartoon by Harry Bliss called “Hollywood Think Tank”. Four People are sitting around the table with each one of them saying a different word: “Sex” “Guns” “Sequels” “Money”.
Cynical? Perhaps. Pretty much true? Yup.
I think the official count for 2016 sequels stands at 37. Sequels can be great, but what everyone is hoping for is a repeat experience of our first interaction with a story, and that’s hard to pull off.