c2db12455ff48210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2010-03Take Five: sequels of epic proportionsb2db12455ff48210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____Take Five: sequels of epic proportionsAs the eighth Police Academy movie goes into development, we look at other great film franchises.<p>More than 25 years after the classic lowbrow comedy Police Academy was released, and 16 years since the universally panned seventh edition of the movie franchise, an eighth film is under development. We take a look at five other epic sequels.
Take five... Alien vs Predator
Numerically, this barely rates but how could we ignore the combination of two classic movies? Personally, we'd pay even more to see Sigourney Weaver take on the Governator.</p>
<p>Take four... Star Wars
The series is made of three films, starting with the eponymous 1977 movie. Then three prequels and a best-forgotten feature-length cartoon. George Lucas has always promised that his plan for the story involved nine segments.
Take three... Harry Potter
The author JK Rowling has put down her pen after seven books but the last episode, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has been split into two films, with the first instalment scheduled to be released in November.</p>
<p>Take two... Star Trek
Who would have thought a 1960s television series that barely survived three seasons would boldly grow into an 11-movie franchise, with the latest episode this year earning high critical praise and even an Oscar?
Take one... James Bond
Whether you prefer the classic Sean Connery era or the flabby Roger Moore one - or even the latest buff Daniel Craig epoch - nobody can deny this is the most successful movie franchise of all time, with 22 films since 1962.</p>
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