The number of movie sequels has doubled in the last 10 years. Next year, risk-averse studio heads present: a second crack of the whip for the Fifty Shades franchise, a tune up Cars 3 and the dusty carcass of The Mummy, excavated for a fourth time.
The plots may be plodding, but – spurred by tasty tax breaks – there is one area where filmmakers are remarkably broad-minded: travel. Follow in their footsteps by checking out the locations of these 2017 sequels, remakes and reboots. They’re set in places bigger, brighter and more beautiful than the average film exec’s imagination.
Kong: Skull Island
The latest reboot of the classic monster movie was filmed on Hawaii, last plagued by a hairy, bellowing lothario when Russell Brand shot Forgetting Sarah Marshall there a decade ago. Now you can ape stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson by swinging by the Kualoa Ranch, the 4,000 acre nature reserve that their Kong called home.
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