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The Great Movie Migraine of 2016: What To Make Now?

The Great Movie Migraine of 2016: What To Make Now?

Two high-profile movies hit theaters this weekend: Jason Bourne (find my review here) and Bad Moms. Both typify the scarifying and crippling malaise that has more than a few studio executives waking up in cold sweats. Jason Bourne is the fifth in the action franchise spy thriller series that has raked in $1.22 billion globally—and that’s just in theaters. So what’s to worry about?   Plenty, if the Matt Damon vehicle meets the fate of so many other recent sequels (Zoolander 2, Ice Age: Collision Course, Now You See Me 2, Alice Through the Looking Glass, etc., but that’s another column). Things have gotten so dicey for sequels that The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the fourth installment in the dystopian sci-fi survival saga, will go straight to TV.  “Sequels aren’t box-office shoo-ins anymore,” says a top studio boss who asked not to be identified—and whose studio has plenty of sequels in the pipeline. “Most of us have our lineup of superhero tentpole movies and animated…