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Envelope Directors Roundtable: Sequels and board games vs. original work

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Hollywood may be bombarded by sequels, franchises and toy adaptations -- yet many of the year’s most acclaimed films derive from little else besides their makers’ imaginations. Five of the directors who’ve succeeded in creating something wholly original this season contemplate why Hollywood continues to be enamored by decades-old properties, with James Cameron taking the sternest tone. “You can make money on a movie that’s not based on something else,” he said. The drive for profits “is not an excuse for people to constantly be whining about how the business is failing and we have to do all this commercial stuff in order to pay the payments on our corporate jets.”

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