It seems that whenever a series of films is released, the originals usually stands out a bit more than their follow-ups. Take the Transformers franchise with Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox for example, the original had a story line that viewers could call epic. The second film had a good story line, but it wasn’t exactly gold, though not many films are truly gold. Sure, there were plenty of explosions throughout the franchise that made it intense, yet still the story was still not as well-done as the original.
There are problems the creative minds behind the film face when writing a series of films. It’s that pressure of having to try to live up to the original that makes them nervous around the blank page. Sometimes writers face a challenge in keeping with the original story that may sometimes pose a problem with writing an amazing script.
There are some times in which the sequel is actually better than the original. Again, it’s all a matter of one’s opinion, but let’s take the Men In Black series for this example. The reason Men In Black 2 turned up to be so interesting had to do with the few plot twists included in the story. The fact that the writer included many things that would surprise the audience with things that they would never have guessed would happen the first time they saw the film.
So this subject varies from film to film, but when the question comes up in conversation, the answer should most likely have something to do with the challenges in writing the script.