Sequel titles: lazy or the next best thing?

Ron Cerabona
By Ron Cerabona
July 2 2021 - 3:00pm

It doesn't really matter how a sequel is titled, as long as the public is happy and coughs up to watch.

Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard. Picture: Roadshow

The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is an awkward title. But as long as you're familiar with its predecessor, The Hitman's Bodyguard, (streaming on Amazon Prime) you could reasonably, and correctly, assume it's a sequel. The title is mildly inventive but the formula could get very cumbersome if there are more sequels: we might end up down the track with something like The Hitman's Wife's Aunt's Cousin's Godson's Bodyguard.

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Ron Cerabona

Ron Cerabona

Arts reporter

As arts reporter I am interested in and cover a wide range of areas - film, visual art, theatre and music, among others - to tell readers about what's coming and happening in the vibrant and varied world of the arts in Canberra. Email: ron.cerabona@canberratimes.com.au