Monday 22 May 2023

NEWS: Movies Go Fourth by Mark Edlitz


Movies Go Fourth by Mark Edlitz is a fascinating book that takes a look at films, nothing original there I hear you shout, but this book is very different, for it concentrates solely on the fourth film in a series. I think I will let the official blurb do the talking.

"Movies Go Fourth is a celebration of the fourth movies in the most popular film franchises of all time. It offers behind-the-scenes stories of fourth films from such beloved series as Star Wars, Star Trek, and James Bond. It also explores infamous fourth films, including Jaws: The Revenge, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, and Batman & Robin. This riveting book reveals the inside scoop on some of the biggest films in horror (Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street), sci-fi (Highlander, Terminator, Planet of the Apes), action (James Bond, Die Hard, Rambo) and comedy (Police Academy, Home Alone). Author Mark Edlitz also examines notable unmade fourth films, such as Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather: Part IV and Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4.

Film trilogies used to signify a movie's success. Today, studios prefer to make never-ending stories. So what happens when the trilogy is over and the filmmakers or the studios want to make a fourth movie? Do they stick with the original story or create invent new characters who chart a new story? How do they honor what came first while inventing something new? And what happens when the artist and the studio come into conflict? This book answers those questions and many others.

Through exclusive and revealing interviews, Movies Go Fourth delves deeply into making some of the most popular film franchises of all time. Based on candid interviews from the filmmakers themselves, Movies Go Fourth reveals what happens when art and commerce collide."

Sound interesting right?

What about the author Mark Edlitz? He has worked as a writer/producer for ABC News, NBC News, Discovery ID, History Channel, and the National Geographic Channel. He has also written three other books, including The Many Lives of James Bond and How to Be a Superhero, for which David Mamet wrote the foreword. Check out Mark's other books at

I definitely think Movies Go Fourth is worth checking out, and you can do just that at the following links