In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of comedy sequels, that each managed to financially outperform their predecessors.
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) proved to be a masterclass in how to market a movie. But even ahead of production, all concerned were determined to make it a much bigger film that the original.
Things weren’t quite as straightforward on 2001’s American Pie 2, a film that originally Universal wasn’t in a rush to make, then suddenly was very much in a rush to make. What’s more, it underwent quite significant changes in post-production too…
Stories of both are told in this episode.
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